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The 2015 BMW X5 continues to be a benchmark for any automaker contemplating a new luxury mid-size SUV. The X5's off-road-ability is outweighed by its superb on-road manners, but that's on purpose--it's a luxury family wagon tailored for comfort, meant for gated communities everywhere.
In the same niche as the Benz GLE and VW Touareg, the X5 touches all the right powertrain bases. The base twin-turbo 6-cylinder drops 300 hp and 6.2-second 0-60 mph times. A diesel edition with gutsy low-end torque adds a second but also adds many miles per gallon to the EPA ratings. A rorty twin-turbo V-8 drops acceleration times to below 5 seconds with a muted roar. All models sport an 8-speed automatic and most have variable-torque-split all-wheel drive, some with a torque-vectoring rear axle for crisper handling.
This year, the X5's transmission has been improved--shaving as many as two seconds off each of the engines' 0-60 times. The lineup starts with the base X5 and its familiar 300-horsepower, 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged in-line six-cylinder engine. Offered either in sDrive35i rear-drive form or as the all-wheel-drive xDrive35i, it makes its peak torque from a low 1,200 rpm to 5,000 rpm. BMW promises 0-60 mph times of 6.1 seconds. We haven't had a chance to drive this version of the X5 yet, but have sampled the brilliant powerplant in BMW's sedans, and can't imagine dissatisfaction with its strong acceleration--but we'll describe it more thoroughly when we've driven one.
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