But once up and running, the seamless outputs put the big wagon well into its stride and it can be quick and pleasantly planted, a well-balanced machine to drive. Those who frequently switch between talk radio and music may find this inconvenient. Even with cargo space maximized, the X5 offers less capacity than most competitors. Unfortunately, there are still too many things you can't adjust without delving into the iDrive menus. With all seats lowered for maximum cargo capacity, it offers less space than do most competitors, from Acura to Volvo.
They're wide and deep, so anything you put here is likely to stay when you open or slam the door, and lined with rubber so contents aren't prone to sliding and making noise. It can shift engine power almost instantaneously, and it's a valuable aid in a snow storm or on sloppy pavement. But this definitely is not a shifter you want to rest your hand on when while driving. In other words, you can make these frequent adjustments easily without fishing through iDrive. Panels and pieces inside the X5 fit impeccably.
The available rearview camera helps, and we recommend it, though we found the camera is slow to turn off once you've started forward again. But this definitely is not a shifter you want to rest your hand on when while driving. No matter what powertrain you choose, you won't be disappointed. The X5 M model adds Dynamic Performance Control. The back seat is more than roomy enough for two adults, three in a pinch, and there's enough cargo space in back for a two-day family outing. It's very much like a sport sedan, only bulkier and higher off the ground. Suspension, f: independent, double wishbone with coil springs, twin-tube shocks, stabilizer bar Suspension, r: independent, multi-link with air springs Ground clearance: 8.
The X5 can expand to seven-passenger capacity with an optional third-row seat, but that third seat won't look particularly inviting to anyone asked to ride in it, and it wipes out the cargo space. It starts in front, with that trademark grille and familiar dual-dual lamp clusters. Cargo space still ranks at or near the bottom of the class. It's substantially quicker to 60 mph than the gasoline X5 30i, and not much slower than the V8-powered X5 48i, despite the substantial improvement in fuel economy. The 35d diesel engine provides a lot of power: 265 horsepower, with a whopping 425 pound-feet of torque. Think of the X5 as a 5 Series wagon with more headroom and a bit more cargo space. Our only gripe with the packaging relates to the fat rear roof pillars.
Transmission: eight-speed automatic, all-wheel drive. Whatever you want to call it - a Sport Utility or Activity Vehicle - theX5 is a yardstick for the big wagon market. We couldn't safely get near the limits of the X5 on public roads because its limits come at speeds far too high for public welfare. It can also tow more than the six, a hefty 6000 pounds. In profile, the X5's big wheels and short overhangs promote an agile look, while the roof and taillights trail into a slightly flanged lip.
In typical daily rounds, we never came close to exploiting the stopping potential built into the X5. They're wide and deep, so anything you put here is likely to stay when you open or slam the door, and lined with rubber so contents aren't prone to sliding and making noise. Super-bright adaptive xenon headlights come standard. In the M model, drivers can also control the M Drive settings through the iDrive system. This results in reduced turbo lag, and impressive power numbers: 555 horsepower from 5750 to 6000 rpm and 500 pound-feet of torque from 1500 to 5650 rpm.
Torque is that force that you feel when accelerating. The X5's power is emphasized by its quick-reacting gas pedal, which is tuned for pavement driving, while those in many competitors have more pedal travel for more precise modulation off road. Measured by overall fit and finish, the X5 compares favorably to luxury brands such as Infiniti and Mercedes. In this case, more information is more helpful and not distracting. But we'd keep the X5 on the road or at worst on gravel or smooth dirt roads. While the X5 has some mild off-road prowess, the xDrive all-wheel-drive system was developed for slippery roads and sporty driving rather than sand dunes and rutted hillsides.
They all work well, but there are so many that fine tuning takes time and some trial and error. This ammonia-like substance is stored in an onboard reservoir, much like windshield washer fluid, and the urea tank is more than large enough to be filled only at typical oil change intervals. Think of the X5 as a 5 Series wagon with more headroom and a bit more cargo space. Chose the settings for the Electronic Damper Control, Dynamic Stability Control, Power throttle mapping and transmission shift points , and Head-up Display in various iDrive screens and they will all be used when you press the M button on the steering wheel. On the road, the X6 M has plenty of immediate grunt, and a further stab of the throttle provides a neck-snapping rush of acceleration. But with light-throttle operation, through suburbia, the transmission can be less than smooth.
Still, if the tank runs dry the X5 35d won't restart until it's replenished with urea. Of course, fuel economy suffers. We couldn't safely get near the limits of the X5 on public roads because its limits come at speeds far too high for public welfare. In fact, it's a tenth of a second quicker than the much lighter, though not turbocharged, M3. Endowed with a well-controlled body, more-than competent chassis and clever four-wheel drive system - as well as the aforementioned grunt - the X5 makes back road trips fuss-free regardless of the surface.