Like most of the auto news industry, we also sometimes accept travel, lodging and event access for vehicle drive and news coverage opportunities. In fact it makes damn good sense, and is easily mastered. Standard safety equipment includes Dynamic Stability Control, Hill Descent Control, trailer stabilization, rollover protection system and two-stage front, front seat-mounted side and front and rear head-curtain airbags. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity and temperature cycling. That comes from low-end torque diesels typically produce.
I almost went with something else, but felt I was settling, just wasn't excited about it even though it had everything on my checklist. Autoblog accepts vehicle loans from auto manufacturers with a tank of gas and sometimes insurance for the purpose of evaluation and editorial content. Pedal travel is shorter than expected but well-modulated and smooth. Whether the X5 is worth considering in the luxury crossover category is open to question. But the turbo lag we mention might be more specifically described as big -turbo lag. The test numbers show that our impatience was unwarranted, as the X5 sprinted to 60 mph in a relatively sprightly 6. Now in its third year, the current generation has a number of unaddressed shortcomings.
The xDrive35d is similarly equipped. Without putting you through the windscreen, the X5 will haul itself up in a hurry and is certainly up to multiple hard stops without losing composure or showing signs of fade. The iDrive takes a long time to power up, which means you cannot use the back up camera when you need it. Ultimately, the X5 fits the bill as a comfortable cruiser with a fantastic ability to swallow big distances. On the open road, wind and road noise barely permeate the cabin. The engine idler pulley bolt may loosen over time and break. It comes without the odd shutlines of the 5 Series and the complex creases and curves of the Z4.
The air conditioning on the X5 pretty weak, which is disappointing because this is supposed to be a luxury car. The gasoline variant hit 60 mph in 8. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling. Better reliability and a revamped iDrive alone could change its lot, so there certainly is hope down the road. During our highway trip up the California Coast we were sipping diesel at a rate of 29. The glovebox has unique upper and lower electrically powered doors that lock and unlock with the central locking system. Our tester wasn't equipped with the optional third-row seating skip it unless you need it for small kids , but the second row is roomy and incredibly comfortable for any sized adult thanks to artfully sculpted driver and front passenger seatbacks.
Those conditions produce noises in many cars we test, so be sure to take a good listen on your test drive. With the exception of a small badge on the lower part of each front door and slight trim changes to the front grille, the diesel model is nearly indistinguishable from its gas-fueled 3. The X5 has the potential to be the most polarising vehicle built by the Bavarian firm. The affected vehicles have in-tank fuel pumps that may have insufficiently crimped wire contacts. We were not injured in the least.
The really impressive figure though is the monstrous 580Nm of torque available at 1750rpm, bettering even the 475Nm on offer in the V8 xDrive48i. Owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. The standard engine is a 3. The styling — unchanged since the second generation hit dealerships in late 2006 — looks expressive up front but ham-handed in back. Upshifts are smooth and well-timed, and highway kickdown happens with little delay. Unlike the also new for 1999 , which shared components with the sedate , the E53-platform X5 was a close cousin to the E39 — an award-winning sport sedan. The X5 xDrive35d has a huge reserve early on that prope.
So, why did I buy the X5? However, at highway speeds it's unnoticeable. The X5's inline-6 produces 265 horsepower at 4220 rpm and an impressive 425 lb. The smaller turbo spools up first, when exhaust flow is minimal, and the larger one takes over once exhaust flow is sufficient to spin it. The engine belt idler pulley bolt could loosen and break over time. In xDrive35d guise the X5 pushes itself further ahead of the pack. As is the case with most diesels, the X5 xDrive35d loses some high-revving zing compared to its gas-powered siblings, but it gains enough thrust off the line to send the kids' iPods flying.
The image is blurry in the daytime and completely useless at night. If you are going to buy an X5, get the inline 6. We happened to have a 2008 X5 3. The brakes in the X5 are truly commendable too. Pushing the accelerator into the firewall rewards with a deep-bass soundtrack, free from clatter, and sounding more like a high-performance petrol engine than any oiler has a right to. Barely any depreciation, so we didn't lose too much money. Interim letters were mailed March 2017.
Whether punching away for the line, or in highway overtaking, this X5 absolutely hauls. Upon deployment of the driver's frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. I would recommend it to anyone, but do your homework and make sure you understand what you're getting and the nuances that go along with each model. Feedback through the wheel is a little fuzzy but certainly not to the point where it is numb. Test drivers loved its interior, which includes an attractive design and luxurious materials.