2012 BMW X5 | new car review

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 by

The X5 has long been a favourite among premium SUV buyers in the Middle East. It promises space and style mixed with the driving performance that is renowned for, as well as a luxurious and quality feel. The X5 gets minor cosmetic changes for 2012.

2013 BMW X5 M50d

On the outside, the front and rear of the car have been tweaked for a sportier look, while the side air intakes have been enlarged. The rear bumper and tailpipe surrounds have also been reshaped, and the headlights and taillights are all new, with LED running lights.

Under the surface buyers can now opt for a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine in the xDrive50i, or a twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight six in the xDrive35i. The V8 makes 407bhp while the six-cylinder lump produces 306bhp. The X5 M gets the same 4.4-litre motor but its tuned to produce 555bhp.

Features on the include parking assist (which automatically steers the car into parking spaces), a Surround View parking system that displays a bird’s eye view of the car and it’s surroundings on the screen for easy manoeuvring, and active cruise control.

Standard safety features include DSC (electronic stability control), ABS and DTC (traction control) as well as cornering brake control and dynamic brake control. Hill descent control is also fitted. Front, side and curtain airbags are fitted in all cars, while active headrests help to reduce whiplash injuries in the event of a crash. The Luxury model features a lane departure warning system and a head up display.

Specifications

Price:
xDrive35i:
AED 300,000 – AED 350,000
xDrive50i: AED 350,000 – AED 400,000
X5 M: AED 500,000

Engine

3-litre inline-6
Max power:
306bhp
Max torque: 400Nm

4.4-litre V8 turbocharged
Max power:
408bhp
Max torque: 600Nm

Max power: 555bhp (X5 M)
Max torque: 680Nm (X5 M)

Transmission

8-speed automatic

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