When you combine strong but efficient engines with athletic handling and high-speed stability, you get a vehicle that is sure to be at the top of many wish lists. The 2013 BMW X5 is a force to be reckoned with, regardless of which of the three engines you choose. The xDrive35i gets a 3.0-liter inline-6 that is turbocharged to deliver 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Zero to 60 mph is accomplished in 6.4 seconds, and all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission are standard. Fuel-economy is nothing to get excited about though at 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Next, xDrive50i is powered by a 4.4-liter V8 that accelerates zero to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds, due to its 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. As you would expect, fuel-economy is worse at 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway. Lastly is the xDrive35d diesel-powered, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 that delivers 265 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque. Average gas mileage is 22 mpg. Although the X5 handles nicely, you are definitely aware of its weight, especially when trying to park or while cornering. Some will also find the ride significantly firmer than what they are used to if they have owned a BMW in the past.
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• Onboard Navigation - The optional system uses GPS satellite for real-time traffic and digital maps. You can even receive updates every few minutes.
• ConnectedDrive - Access your Facebook or Twitter account right on your display monitor or use your iPod or smartphone to compile music lists.
• Sound System - The sound system is definitely something to get excited about with 205 watts of power, CD player, MP3 playback capability, two subwoofers, 10 speakers and speed sensitive volume.
• BMW Assist - This optional feature offers peace-of-mind on the road with hands-free wireless communications. It will provide on-demand roadside assistance, automatic crash notification and stole vehicle recovery.
When tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the X5 was given a “Good” rating in side and front-impact crash tests. Its braking capabilities come out average, taking 121 feet to stop from 60 mph. Just a few of the many safety features include:
• Brake drying
• Four-wheel ABS
• Dusk sensing headlamps
• Child seat anchors
• Engine immobilizer
• Cornering lights
• Emergency brakeforce distribution
• Rear door safety locks
• Stability control
• Emergency braking prepration
• Front seatbelt pretensioners
• Traction control
• Tire-pressure monitoring
• Post-collision safety system.
• Whiplash protection system in front head restraints
The 2013 BMW X5 is a good looking vehicle from every angle. Bumpers, mirrors and door handles are all body colored to bring an element of sophistication to its sporty body. Stunning wheels complement the iconic grille while a sloped roof gives it a modern and aerodynamic appearance.
Although larger than the X3, it certainly is not as comfortable. In fact, rear seat passengers have more legroom in the X3, or so it seems. The second row on the X5 is mounted close to the floor, which forces your knees upward. This is hardly comfortable for taller passengers. Third row seating is available, but realistically, only small children are going to find this additional row comfortable. As for appearance, high-quality materials are used throughout for a luxurious feel. The front row seats are comfortable and the driver seat is higher than what you would expect for a better command of the road. The iDrive electronics interface is definitely not as user-friendly as some rivals.
Cargo space in the 2013 X5 is definitely generous, but average. It does not offer really anything that competitors in this segment don’t. With the rear seats in place, there is 23.2 cubic feet , but when folded down, you are granted 75.2 cubic feet.