Simply put, the 2012 BMW X5M SUV is designed to attract attention, and it certainly seems to be getting some mixed reviews. It has been criticized for its boring appearance. Is it a sport utility vehicle or an oversized hatchback? The styling almost appears a bit confused. Not to mention, gas mileage is horrible, returning only 12 mpg in the city and 17 mpg on the highway. However, what this vehicle is made for is performance, and it delivers!
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There is only one trim for the BMW X5M SUV, but that is all that's really needed. It is powered by a fierce 4.4-liter V-8 twin turbo all-wheel drive engine that delivers a profound 555 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. This powerful machine may not look as large as some full-size sport utility vehicles, but it has all the acceleration and towing power you need, as it can pull a load up to 6,000 pounds.
If you ask BMW what type of car they love to design and build most, the answer would most likely be a sports utility vehicle; the faster, the better! Their latest X5M SUV is rolled out with a simple exterior, a luxurious cabin and the equipment needed to provide unrivalled performance.
The BMW X5M has an all-wheel drive system for both manual and automatic variants, which puts it in the center of the ball park, no matter what terrain you choose. Featuring a new engine, comfortable seating and deluxe design, this SUV is a conqueror on and off road. The X5M is comparable to Land Rover's Range Rover Sport and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.
Weighing in at 5,350 pounds, its performance is aided by a sports-tuned suspension along with adaptive dampers. Although some sport utility vehicles offer a bumpy ride and feel more like you are riding in an old model truck, the X5M is smooth sailing. Four-wheel independent suspension is paired up with front and rear stabilizer bars to ensure that the driver and all passengers don't feel every bump in the road, whether it's paved, dirt, grass or rock.
As you would expect, BMW has equipped this sport utility vehicle with all the safety features that you need to have peace-of-mind on the road. Just a few of these features to appreciate include child seat anchors, emergency braking assist, engine immobilizer, dusk sensing headlamps, post-collision system, whiplash protection system in the front head restraints and tire pressure monitoring.