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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.
For 2011 the X5's gasoline engines have been updated and are now paired with an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission. Along with subtly tweaked styling, the 2011 model includes new options like active cruise control and a lane departure warning system.
The big news for 2009 is the introduction of a diesel model, the X5 xDrive 35d, to the lineup. Other changes include the addition of heated rear seats to the Cold Weather package and an automatic tailgate to the Premium Package. The self-leveling rear suspension is removed from the 48i's standard equipment list and is now only available with the optional third-row seat.
Since the X5's introduction the SUV/CUV market has become much more competitive, and BMW's own smaller X3 snuck up behind it with similar character and more cargo room for a lot less money. This second-generation X5 is larger, roomier and more powerful and offers optional third-row seating for the first time.
As in the beginning, BMW chooses to market its X5 for 2015 a "sports-activity vehicle" or SAV for short. We'll just stick with SUV, as the X5 isn't really any more capable than a comparably equipped Porsche Cayenne or Mercedes-Benz M-Class. However, when it comes to the "sport" part of the equation, the X5 quickly moves to the head of the class. Fresh from a complete overhaul last year, the 2015 BWM X5 SUV delivers an excellent combination of room, performance and economy. And, although it can't tackle rugged off-road terrain like a Land Rover Range Rover Sport or even the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the X5 leaves no doubt which luxury SUV is the master of the paved road.
By DB on Thursday, August 21, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Pros: "Love driving the car when it runs correctly"
Cons: "They don't know how to fix the problem."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5
"This is the 3rd time in the last 90 days that mine has had an engine malfunction. I just picked up on Monday from being fixed and today is Thursday and the engine malfunctioned again. I drive the highways to work and this is just not reliable. When the engine malfunctions the engine power is reduces to 50% and on a highway that is not good."
11 people out of 14 found this review helpful
By Randi on Saturday, December 21, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50overall rating 1 of 10rating details
Cons: "Not worth for money"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I have leased 2014 BMW X5 last week. It has broken right after 2 days with 40 miles on it. BMW does not have parts to repair it. Their estimate of the availability of parts is end of January 2014 and they do not give written proof on that when they can fix it. Thought of letting this scary situation know to other BMW X5 lovers, so that they can think twice and save their money. BMW refused provide any alternatives in this case until the vehicle attempt to fix, which nobody knows when it will be. Most importantly, I’m running out of time in my lease and spending money for partially working vehicle."
80 people out of 103 found this review helpful
By HiHoSteveO on Saturday, March 08, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Handling, design, innovative technology options"
Cons: "On the expensive side, but worth it!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have had 8 BMWs over a 25 year period. Ive owned 3,5 and 7 series, this is my first BMW SUV and I am very pleased so far. It drives like a dream, acceleration and cornering are excellent, more like the 535 sedan I previously owned than an SUV. Fit and finish, materials are as good as it gets with a solid, tight feel. Loaded with state of the art technology. I love this automobile and would put it up against any SUV or even most sports sedans anywhere!!"
20 people out of 30 found this review helpful