New BMW X5 Review

23 Feb 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on New BMW X5 Review

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BMW X5 review

Family-friendly luxury SUV has improved in its latest iteration.

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You certainly get that feeling the latest third generation launched in Canada this ahead of its local arrival in

While there is a suite of changes – both and mechanically – there is a solid sense of familiarity the new X5. And for loyal owners that is not a bad thing, because, quite there wasn’t much with its predecessor – is evident by the fact that BMW has sales continue to grow on year throughout its entire

From a design perspective, it take a trainspotter – or both the old and new cars side by – to notice the level of in the changes. But rest assured, panel is new and it looks both and classier in its appearance in the metal.

The applies to the cabin, which has a family resemblance to the mainstream such as the latest#160; 3-Series , #160;and#160; 7-Series #160;models. is a classy mix of materials, clear great all-round vision and of adjustment in the seating position for a range of drivers.

The centre console is now dominated by a widescreen multimedia screen is controlled by a new generation iDrive system that features a pad on top of the rotary dial, which a bit of time to acclimatise to but works a once you are used to its idiosyncrasies.

As expect, there’s ample in the back seat for adults to in comfort and a generous 650-litre that extends to 1870L the 40:20:40 split rear folded down.

Not matter how many people carrying though, the X5 offers than adequate levels of luxury and flexibility in the way it drives.

We got to sample the range-topping petrol V8 X5 50i) and the mid-spec turbo (X5 30d) on the launch north of but, by the time it arrives in they will be joined by the with its monstrous#160; 700Nm turbo diesel six-cylinder and a rear-wheel drive model a 2.0-litre turbo four the X5 sDrive 25i) will the price leader when it the range in the middle of next

Not surprisingly, the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, produces more both and torque – up 30kW and to 330kW/650Nm – and yet uses fuel, is the sweetest of the two engines. It effortlessly powerful and ultra in its delivery and is matched perfectly to the eight-speed automatic gearbox for cruising.

Flick it into Sport and its character rises from to energetic and it makes light of overtaking or a quick blast up a country road.

There’s enough aural presence from its twin tailpipes to the driver, and alert other of its potential performance.


The diesel is a slouch either; with and 560Nm on tap it feels nearly as as the V8 and just as effortless, but doesn’t the same level of smoothness, nor it sound as sweet.

Underneath the X5, it now rides on a mixed set up with conventional steel up front and air-filled dampers at the linked to an adaptable system comfort and sports settings. In the both variants of the X5 we drove exceptional levels of ride even on 20-inch alloys, it must be noted that the were typically smooth for an region and we’ll have to final judgement of how it will Australia’s patchwork of roads it arrives.

Similarly, in Sport both handled the twisty passes with such that they easily their two-tonne kerb

If there’s any area for improvement the car’s steering feel; in comfort and sport modes, the assistance doesn’t return to as naturally as a traditional hydraulic but otherwise feels light town for such a big car.

overall, the new X5 displays incremental in every conceivable area luxury, performance and efficiency that is a clear case of if broke, don’t mess it.

Fast facts

Engine: twin turbo V8

Power: at 5500rpm

Torque: 650Nm at

Transmission: 8-spd automatic, AWD

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