Automotive Review: BMW X5

Automotive Review: BMW X5

Two generations and some 1.3 million vehicles later, the BMW X5 is set to enter its third generation. As its predecessors have done before, the all-new 3rd generation X5 will again set new standards for luxury and versatility.

The 2014 X5 sDrive35i will start at $53,725, and the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i is priced at $56,025. The 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d price is $57,525 and the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i will start at $69,125. All prices include $925 destination and handling.

Additionally, for customers looking to add an additional element of individuality to their new X5, the Luxury Line, xLine or M Sport is available, as are two interior design packages: Ivory White and Mocha.

Interior design

The interior of the new BMW X5 is both elegant and spacious, with the interior materials selected for the new BMW X5 playing a role in shaping the onboard ambience. The trim strip and accent strip extend into the front door panels and are picked up again in the rear door panels. Plus, the standard Poplar Wood Trim now sits atop a high-gloss black surface, which is bordered on its lower edge by an accent strip in Pearl Gloss Chrome.

The Dakota leather seat surfaces are standard on the X5 xDrive50i and can be specified as an option on six-cylinder models. Additionally, Nappa leather with extended features can be specified as part of the Interior Design Packages. Customers can choose from up to eight upholstery colors.

Two Interior Design Packages: Ivory White and Mocha

The Ivory White Interior Design Package features Ivory White Nappa Leather upholstery. The dashboard is covered in Atlas Grey leather with contrast stitching for both the seats and dashboard. It includes Fineline Oak Wood trim, although other trims may be specified as an alternative.

The Mocha Interior Design Package features Mocha Nappa Leather upholstery. The dashboard in this case is cover in Black Nappa leather with contrast stitching for both the seats and dashboard. The featured trim is Fineline Pure Wood Trim, although other trims may be specified as an alternative.

Engines

The new X5 sDrive35i and X5 xDrive35i are powered by BMW’s 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline-6 engine. It produces 300 horsepower, 300 foot-pounds of torque and averages 27 mpg on the highway.

A 4.4-liter V-8 engine that produces 445 horsepower and 480 foot-pounds of torque powers the X5 xDrive 50i (averages 22 mpg on the highway). And the X5 xDrive 35d features an all-new inline six-cylinder diesel engine with 255 horsepower and 413 foot-pounds of torque and fuel economy averages of 31 mpg on the highway.

To learn more about the 2014 BMW X5, visit your local Southeast Texas BMW dealer or log on to www.bmwusa.com.

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