2015 BMW X5 | new car review
* Neat exterior design earns the German SUV points.
* Unimaginative interior doesn't allow the X5 to stand out from the rest.
Upon first glance, the X5 remains unchanged for the most part. New headlights extending into the broad-set kidney grille, horizontal lines and taut surfaces optimize the side profile, while new rectangular shaped exhaust pipes and accentuated lights beautify the rear end. A step up from the previous gen model, then?
Though the interior has undergone minor alterations, it still remains distinctively BMW. Due to the model’s 3.2cm extended wheelbase, the cockpit now incorporates a slightly raised seating position. Moving away from slightly restricted seating capacity, the 2015 X5 is available with an optional third row of seats making it a seven-seater. Additionally, the boot is now capable of storing 1,870 litres, a noticeable increase on its predecessor’s capacity.
On the technological front, the 2015 BMW X5 features a touch sensitive iDrive controller which enables users to write letters on the surface of the controller, instead of having to scroll for letter input. Furthermore, adaptive suspension with Comfort, Dynamic, Professional and Adaptive M Suspension settings make their way to the 2015 X5.
What’s on offer?
With BMW’s Twin Power Turbo technology and EfficientDynamics, the 2015 BMW X5 is faster than ever. Under the hood sits an enhanced twin turbo 4.4 litre V8 that produces 450 horsepower and 650 Nm of torque. This makes a 0 – 100 km/h run possible in an extremely impressive 5.0 seconds. Joining the engine line up is the smaller xDrive35i V6 engine capable of producing 305 horsepower and 400 Nm of torque.
On the whole then, the 2015 BMW X5 is slightly bigger, slightly faster and slightly more efficient than its predecessors. But is this enough to justify its AED 345,00 price tag? We sure seem to think so!
|Specifications||2015 BMW X5 xDrive 35i||2015 BMW X5 xDrive 50i|
|Engine/ Cylinders||3.0 litre Twin turbo V6||4.4 litre Twin turbo V8|
|Max Power |
|305 hp @ 5,800 RPM||450 hp @ 6,000 RPM|
|400 Nm @ 5,000 RPM||650 Nm @ 4,500 RPM|
|Tranmission||8 speed automatic||8 speed automatic|
|Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||6.5 secs||5.0 secs|
|Top speed||235 km/h||250 km/h|
|Price||AED 345,000||AED 450,000|