Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016
- X5 has good looks
- Impressive engines
- 5+2 seats optional configuration
- Decent luggage space
- Is spacious and well equipped
- Optional third row of seats only useful for kids
- The car is expensive to buy and run
- Faulty reversing sensors
- Poor cabin build quality
The new BMW X5 E70 is the second generation X5 replacing the BMW X5(E53). The new model provides plenty of new equipment including BMW's iDrive system. BMW has included a very handy, optional, third row of seats for the first time in the X5. BMW have also renamed their models changing them from the 4.8i to the xDrive48i, the 3.5d to the xDrive35d etc. There have been a variety of cosmetic changes, including a new front bumper, applied on the second generation of X5's. The BMW M features the first M Power V-8 Turbo engine delivers power of 555hp (414 kW) and 500 lbft (680 NÂ·m) of torque, and the model comes with M Dynamic Performance Control for impressive handling
Exterior and Interior
The new X5 comes with a revised design with flowing lines. The layout inside has also been modified slightly and improves further on what was already a very good interior. The interior is intelligently laid out with the option of two extra seats which fit into the boot space. There are copious amounts of space with plenty of room for 5 adults, but we would advise that the two rear seats are only used by children. The SE trim comes with a range of high quality accessories that we have come to expect from BMW. It includes 18 inch alloy wheels, cruise and climate controls, electric seat height adjustment and parking sensors. The M sports version comes with unique alloy wheels, special sports leather seats and tuned suspension. There is also the option of the Media Pack which includes sat-nav, Bluetooth, and a CD player. In the standard five seat layout configuration the boot space is 620 L that is increased to 1,750 L with all the rear seats stowed flat.
Performance and Economy
The second generation of BMW X5's come with the same engines as before which include the 3.0-litre diesel and petrol engines. The diesel engines are the pick of the range with the lower-powered engine delivering 232bhp. This accelerates from 0-60 in just 8.0 seconds and has a top speed of 134mph while still delivering respectable 32.5mpg. The higher-powered engine delivers 282bhp, going from 0-60 in just under 8 seconds and manages 34.5mpg. There is also the option of two petrol engines with the 3.0-litre delivering 268bhp and reaching 25.9mpg. The largest of the engines, the 4.8-litre petrol produces a whopping 350bhp and is incredibly fast for such a big car but only returns 22.6mpg. In 2007 little tweaks were carried out on all the engines apart from the more powerful diesel engine which helped to increase the fuel efficiency of the engines by getting roughly an extra 2mpg out of the engines.
Like to Drive
bullet What it's like to Drive
All the new BMW X5 is the one of the top contenders when it comes to the battle between 4x4's. The X5 has precise handling on the road and is just about capable off it. The BMW X5 is a premium car which provides comfort and refinement. The firm suspension on the car helps to control the body roll in the corners keeping it to a minimum, but that doesn't mean that its uncomfortable. The drivers' seat comes with a wide range of electric seat adjustments making the X5 easy to drive and very comfortable. Passengers experience a very quiet ride as they are protected from road, wind and engine noise. All of this makes the new BMW X5 an ideal car for long distance drives.
Faults and Repairs
The run flat tyres are expensive to replace, and as it is advisable to change all four wheels on a four wheel-drive at the same time, it will be extremely costly. Also check for any uneven wear as this will point towards any alignment problems. The Bluetooth connectivity refuses to work with some kinds of phone so it's better to consult your dealer earlier to make sure your phone is compatible.