Changes to the 2013 BMW X5 consist mainly of a reshuffled optional-equipment list. The M Performance Package is now available on the xDrive35i Sport Activity and xDrive50i with M Sport Package. The Premium Sound Package is reduced to $950, while the Active Ventilated Seat Package is renamed the Luxury Seating Package.
Although no longer the only sport-oriented SUV on the market, the 2013 BMW X5 remains true to its original formula. Where others have grown larger, the X5 retains its modest size and seating arrangement. And, while many SUVs have moved to deliver a softer ride with compromised handling, the BMW X5 for 2013 retains, for better or worse, the same firm steering, aggressive handling and notoriously stiff ride. The X5's various trims cover a wide range, from the entry-level 6-cylinder X5 xDrive35i to the performance oriented xDrive50i with the M Performance Package to the tire-smoking X5 M. Due to a late introduction last year, the diesel-powered xDrive35d will continue as a 2012 until late in the 2013 model year.
By MAAD on Saturday, August 10, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 18,650overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Roomy, luxurious interior, sporty, powerful engine"
Cons: "I can't think of anything."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought the first generation X5 for my wife and other than the alternator, no other repairs were necessary from 2003-2009 when I traded it with 93K miles on it. The only complaint we had back then was that there was no diesel offered for the American market. The decision to get another X5 was pretty easy, especially with a diesel now available. We purchased the 2012 X5 Xdrive 35d with just about every option and simply can't imagine a better vehicle. My wife and kids love it as much as I do if not more and they're not car folks like me. Fuel economy is usually the major issue with SUVs, but with the diesel there's really nothing negative to speak of. We got the Sport Activity package which adds the little running boards (which aren't really functional in the traditional sense) and the massive 20" tires with 315s in the rear and the combination makes the X5 look awesome, and handle better than many performance cars. The X5 is not too big or too small, it's just right. I have 2010 F150 supercrew and I love it, but I usually use the X5 to haul things simply because its easy to maneuver in any traffic situation and with the rear seats folded it has about the same capacity as the bed of my pickup. I'm not the off road type so that particular aspect of this vehicle or any vehicle for that matter makes no difference to me, but again it's difficult to imagine a better all around vehicle than the X5."
13 people out of 13 found this review helpful
By Blue on Thursday, March 13, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Excellent engineering,except for the "I" Drive"
Cons: "With the engineering,Why the I Drive"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"I had 13 New Cadilliacs, yet after I drove a BMW, you are in a different world. Being an engineer and having owned a manufacturing co.for forty yrs. I am completely aware of what goes into research and development of a product. I always purchased American,since I was an American Manufacturer. That was. Mistake! The ideas and engineering that goes into the development of BMW is top of the line! Their biggest problem,that I see, is that the Dealers try to skimp on service. Without service what have you got? ( an American car!)"
9 people out of 9 found this review helpful
By kulby007 on Wednesday, September 10, 2008
overall rating 3 of 10rating details
"After looking for two years I bought the loaded 4.8 three months ago. I had high expectations for a $77K SUV. The vehicle has a known (by BMW) issue with the transmission and radio (computer). Rides terrible and very rough shifting. Been in the shop over 20 days since I bought it and it still has not been fixed. I feel bad that I made such a terrible/costly mistake."
8 people out of 8 found this review helpful