2010 BMW X5 | new car review

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 by
2010 BMW X5


Launched in 2000, the X5 was ’s first SUV.

Unlike the truck based SUVs of the time, the X5 was based on a sedan platform and designed to perform as well as off-road with a focus on road dynamics.

In its second generation the X5 faces tough competition form of Mercedes-Benz’s M-Class, Audi’s Q7 and Porsche’s Cayenne to name a few. BMW is however working towards introducing a face-lifted model for the 2011 year. The new model will feature mild exterior modifications and new powertrain options.

The SUV is powered by a choice of two petrol engines. An inline six-cylinder 3.0-litre 270bhp unit does duty in the base 3.0si while a more powerful 350bhp, 4.8-litre V8 motor propels the 4.8i. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

To build on the popularity of the X5 in the Middle East, BMW introduced the mighty X5 M in October 2009. The X5 M features a twin-turbocharged V8 engine which produces 547bhp, good for a 0 to100kph sprint in under five seconds. The X5 is known to handle more like the 5 Series sedan than the full size SUV it is. That said, the X5’s relatively stiff suspension and run flat tyres hamper its ability to absorb road aberrations some of which do intrude into the cabin.

The X5 can be ordered with a third row making it a seven-seater but adults are likely to feel cramped in the last row. The interiors especially the dashboard is strikingly similar to the 5 Series with the usual array of controls spread out in an ergonomic fashion.

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