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2013 BMW X5

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2013 BMW X5 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.6

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.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you crave the kind of handling BMW sedans and wagons offer in spades, but you need it in a larger, more accommodating package that can also tackle winter's worst, the 2013 BMW X5 has you covered.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The BMW X5's aggressive ride and handling come with a price, namely the forfeiture of a smooth ride. You can find the same electrifying performance specs from the newly-released Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 and a more luxurious ride from Audi's Q7.

What's New for 2013

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.

Driving the X5

Driving Impressions With a sophisticated suspension, excellent braking, communicative steering and at least 300 horsepower, the 2013 BMW X5 – in any of its iterations – provides a compelling testament to BMW's...

engineering prowess. No amount of engineering, however, can completely disguise the X5's mass, some 5,000 pounds in basic xDrive35i form. This remains a Sport Activity Vehicle and not, notably, a sport sedan; care should be given to operate an SUV in a more conservative manner than a sport sedan or Sports/GT. If you demand a combination of "sport" and "utility," few will deliver that combo more credibly than BMW's X5.

xDrive35d DIESEL
Offering 265 horsepower and a stump-pulling 425 lb-ft of torque, BMW's Advanced Diesel is the perfect engine for the times. It delivers acceleration from zero to 60 mph in under seven seconds and has an EPA highway fuel-economy number of 26 mpg.

xDrive FULL-TIME ALL-WHEEL DRIVE
With limited ground clearance and all-season tires, the 2013 X5 has few off-road aspirations, but it does have one of the best all-weather, all-wheel-drive systems available, which electronically varies front-to-rear torque and traction control to optimize grip.

2013 BMW X5 Details
Interior

In "growing" the brand, BMW expanded X5 cargo capacity via a longer and higher body in combination with a lower cargo floor. Rear seats fold flat, and an optional third row is available. That third row is best reserved for children; BMW's target demographic for the 2013 X5 SUV is young families. The cockpit is oriented to the driver, while a generous greenhouse provides excellent outward visibility. Regrettably (given its starting price), leatherette is the standard seating material for both the xDrive35i and xDrive35d. The handy 2-piece tailgate provides easy access to the rear compartment.

Exterior

The 2013 BMW X5 somehow manages to hide its bulk with a series of clever angles and rounded edges. These cues, in combination with a longish wheelbase and short overhangs, give the new X5 a visual athleticism not evident on the previous generation. Eighteen-inch wheels (standard) contribute to a planted stance, while both 19-inch and 20-inch wheels are available for those wanting an even more aggressive look – and more aggressive on-road capability.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

All X5 models enjoy a generous level of standard equipment. The 2013 X5 xDrive35i includes xDrive all-wheel drive (no 2WD variants offered), Hill Descent Control, 18-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel, 10-way power-adjustable driver's and passenger's seats, iDrive system with on-board computer and controller and AM/FM stereo with 205 watts transmitted through 10 speakers. This, of course, is above and beyond the dynamic capabilities standard on every BMW. The X5 xDrive35d brings to the table 4-cylinder efficiency, prodigious torque and a third-row seat. Finally, both the X5 xDrive50i and X5 M have stupendous performance.

Optional Equipment

The base X5 xDrive35i is notable for the number of options not available. A Convenience Package includes the panoramic moonroof, while navigation, heated front seats, a third-row seat and satellite radio can be ordered separately. Choose the X5 xDrive35i Premium model and your variables expand exponentially. A Luxury Seating Package, Cold Weather Package, Premium Sound Package and Convenience Package are just a few of the options you can include on your new X5. The M Performance Package adds 15 horsepower to the 6-cylinder trim and 40 horsepower to the V8 model.

Under the Hood

As with most purchases, the decision is finalized by balancing your needs, your wants and your budget. The great thing about BMW's engine mix is that not one of them sacrifices performance; even the slowest, BMW's 3.0-liter turbodiesel, accelerates from a stop to 60 mph in under seven seconds. If you should want to stretch the envelope to its max, opt for the X5 M. This variant (of the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8) offers no less than 555 horsepower.

3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 (xDrive35i)
300 horsepower @ 5,800-6,250 rpm
300 lb-ft of torque @ 1,300-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/23 mpg

3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6 (xDrive35d)
265 horsepower @ 4,200 rpm
425 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-2,250 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 mpg

4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 (xDrive50i)
400 horsepower @ 5,500-6,400 rpm
450 lb-ft of torque @ 1,750-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/20 mpg

4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 (X5 M)
555 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
500 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-5,650 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/17 mpg

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2013 BMW X5 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.9
Out of 10

Based on 190 Ratings for the 2007 - 2013 models.

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  • Value
    7.9/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.1/10
    Performance
    8.7/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Best vehicle until about 60000 miles

By on Saturday, August 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 80,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"problems are mounting. every vew months some goes wrong. gasket leaks $1400.00, water pump $700.00 +, suspension $1400. new battery 5 months ago but now high battery drain light just came on. oil leaks are back just after the oil was changed. but that could be the mechanics fault. it seems to go on an on. shopping for a more reliable car. :( used to love my BMW's. Mechanic says cars are being made with more and more complex circuitry. repairs are expensive as parts are made cheaper but labor is more. i used to recommend this car. no longer a fan. sorry BMW. you loose."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Great to drive but has occasional hiccups.

By on Tuesday, August 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Fun European style handling"

Cons: "Some interior design and computer issues"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"2008 X5 3.0si with 90,000 miles (144000 km). Overall almost as good as my '83 Grand Prix, just way more noise, lot more gas, and not nearly as comfortable (but that '83 was a one off vehicle, never found another one like it). However this X5 has been a lot of fun to drive and is dependable 99% of the time. It does suffer from occasional mental difficulties and aberrant behavior. I think I can only attribute this to bad computer coding. Things will function or not function on a somewhat random basis. Usually will just need to reboot and all will work fine again. (was this programmed by Microsoft?) Also, this vehicle is definitely a SUV, not to be confused with a truck like a Jimmy SLT. Same size, just not as practical or useful in many ways. And lots of fancy buttons and gadgets on the X5 to play with and decipher, but I am not sure what the engineers were thinking when they designed them. Maybe everybody else likes it that way. I dont. Anyway, looks good, drives great, mechanically good, practicality so-so, gadgets ....meh. Overall I'd give this a good solid 7.5 in my books."

Diesel is a great match for this vehicle

By on Saturday, August 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 74,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great value, starts easily and runs well."

Cons: "Electronic shifting transmission."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great vehicle. Diesel starts easily, runs well. Never stuck in snow - all wheel drive is excellent. Very comfortable seats, great lumbar support. No fatigue on trips. On long trips (1200 miles+) got 32-34mpg. Around town: 21-22 mpg. Diesel engine is a perfect match for this vehicle. Expensive body repairs, e.g., front fenders are moulded plastic - good for appearance and and no rust, but cost a lot."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

A Remarkable Driving Machine!

By on Saturday, August 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 44,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive."

Cons: "Sport seating not as comfortable as expected."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The X5 performs like a champ. Highway gas mileage for a V8 has been a solid 21-22 MPG. Would have preferred something over Sports Seats. GPS could use upgrading. Too basic. Our portable Garmin has many more features. Comfort is otherwise commended by all who ride in the vehicle. Mercedes, Infiniti, Lexus, Acura, etc., aren't even close to being in the same class as this vehicle. Hope to continue enjoying it for a number of years to come."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Crazy Fast and does everything!

By on Saturday, June 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 53,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "multi faceted, very fast, looks, value"

Cons: "expensive new, unknown costs out of warranty"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car is amazing! Thank you to whoever optioned this vehicle when new, absorbed the nearly $70k in depreciation and made it possible for me to own it used in almost new condition! This is an E70 2012 X5 5.0i M Sport. All options except ventilated seats. It has paddle shifters, extended Merino Leather, M Sport exhaust, third row, everything. I have been fortunate to have driven many fast cars but nothing feels as rapid as this in the real world on real roads.There is very llittle out there as far as quality press reviews on this car, especially with the M Sport package (not to be confused with the X5 M) so I thought this might be helpful. I have not been able to confirm this but I believe the M Sport also gets a power bump over the standard 5.0i. It's seriously fast. The 20in M Sport wheels look amazing and with non run flat tires ride very well, surprisingly well. I would not want to drive into NYC especially through NJ with their craters that they call pot holes, but that's the case with any car that I value. At 275 section front and 315 section rears, tire replacement will be spendy and not suitable for snow. Get a set of winter wheels and tires like I did to swap out seasonally. The car seats fit snugly in the third row but I do not. This is a great feature when we have company and the kids should fit back there for years to come. There are not car seat clips in the third row but the seat belts tighten down very well, FYI. The X5 is an all around athlete that can medal in almost all events, take you out to dinner, all while serenading you with NPR worthy wit. The ease of which it gets up to speed only adds to its luxuy appeal. The eight speed ZF transmission is the perfect partner to the mighty twin turbo V8 and is a major player in making this car as fast as it is. Economy has been very reasonable and actually better than the 2009 X5 3.0i we replaced. Much of that has to do with how little effort it takes to get up to speed and stay there. There is so much torque pretty much every where that down shifting is only necessary for having fun."

9 people out of 12 found this review helpful

I love this car - it is our second one!

By on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 88,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I absolutely love this vehicle. We loved the first one so much we bought a second. Had the first one for 10 years! who owns a car that long any more? Loved the drive and handling right up until the day we had to say goodbye and HELLO to the new one! again - 6 years later I still absolutely LOVE this vehicle. the room - the ride - the POWER! The V8 is the only way to go! The first X5 did have a number of issues and we did put quite a bit into it. ($18k?) HOWEVER that was over the 10 years. So we easily would have purchased another vehicle in that time and spent at least as much. Never going back to anything else - unless of course I have to!!"

12 people out of 23 found this review helpful

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