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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.
BMW doesn't call the X5 a sport utility vehicle (SUV), but rather a "sports activity vehicle" (SAV), a moniker the German luxury brand has been using since the vehicle's introduction in 1999. The idea is to distinguish the vehicle as sportier than a traditional, rugged SUV. Marketing semantics or not, one drive in the X5 will make you a believer. The 2014 BMW X5 marks its third generation with a new design and more creature comforts, all while building on its reputation of combining BMW's famed driving dynamics in a roomy package. The X5 won't hop boulders like a Range Rover Sport, but it is far fonder of carving corners than an Audi Q7 or Mercedes-Benz M-Class.
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."
52 people out of 64 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!!"
6 people out of 8 found this review helpful