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BMW's charge into every SUV segment hasn't watered down the one that started it all. The 2017 BMW X5 is a benchmark for luxury SUVs and the bar by which many are compared. Its off-road ability is eclipsed only by its on-road manners, and its interior style and comfort make this SUV a must-see for shoppers.
The current X5 is a softer approach to SUVs than its ancestors. The latest X3 shows up as an influence in the larger SUV's profile, and BMW's sedans show up in its front end. The combination of a tapered roofline and lower window line give the X5 a little wagon-esque appearance, we say.
Along its sheet metal, the X5's side stampings visually take off some of the weight from its haunches and its character line draws all the way around to LED taillights that inject some wedge into its shape. The front three-quarters are a little muddled. Its sharp nose lines look a little overwrought and the kidney grille with chrome surrounds distracts attention from well placed headlights (that can be swapped out for all-LED units).
Inside, the X5 is instantly recognizable to anyone who's driven a modern BMW. The horizontal shelf layout and driver-centric cockpit is bright and clean, a far cry from older BMWs and their stark seas of black. Two interior themes can be ordered as an upgrade to the standard poplar wood trim and black leatherette upholstery: Ivory White Nappa leather matches up with oak or other wood trims, while the Mocha look gets Nappa leather in that color and black Nappa leather on the dash, with contrasting wood trim. Dakota leather upholstery is standard on the xDrive50i and available on the other models.
The X5 can be finagled with any of three trim lines. Luxury Line X5s have more bright metallic flourishes, while the xLine gets a blacked-out grille and under-mirror trim, with bright window sills. The M Sport adds a body kit, Shadowline trim, and high-gloss roof rails, as well as bigger wheels.
The lineup starts with the familiar corporate turbocharged inline-6 that makes 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Offered in either rear- or all-wheel-drive configuration, the engine's torque peaks at 1,200 rpm to 5,000 rpm. According to BMW, the inline-6 charges up to 60 mph in just over six seconds, which is very swift for the 4,700-pound hauler.
Stepping up to the twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 brings a profound surge of Bavarian brawn by way of the American South. The twin-turbocharged V-8 rips off 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque and runs up to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. The actual speed isn't as thrilling as it sounds on paper: The X5 xDrive50i has standard all-wheel drive, adjustable suspension, and an 8-speed automatic that works in concert with enough sound deadening to muffle an arena. It's undramatic and somewhat civilized speed, we say.
The X5 M gets an uprated V-8 that makes 567 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. It's predictably savage and runs up to 60 mph in four seconds. It gets its own goodies including a beefier oil pump, roll bars and stabilizers, suspension components dialed in for more camber, and standard rear air suspension. It gets a similar number of forward cogs, but taller gearing for quicker takeoffs. We love capitalism too.
*This vehicle is Certified Pre-Owned and is eligible for our third party warranty program.