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Since 1999, the BMW X5 has managed to travel through countries and towns with its offbeat crossover SAV design. Being based on a sedan's chassis, the SUV here handles all the performance dynamics like a flick. The all wheel drive system was initiated for the first time in an SUV from this German elite. The initial model of X5 was based on a truck's chassis which went under a serious makeover so as to prepare it to perform like a car. Hence, the company decided to role out the X5 as a Sports Activity Vehicle rather than a Sports Utility Vehicle. The first ever model was shared with the Land Rover for their technologies as the BMW owned LR. With consecutive upgrades, BMW X5 now sports a number of engine options out of which the Indonesian audience are exposed two diesel engines which are highly capable and knows their job to break off the competitors' spine. It has a good level of equipments as well and the practicality has also played a good role in the vehicle here. Talking of its looks, at the front, the highly noticeable BMW grille looks extremely futuristic with the eagerly designed pattern of the headlights. Its not aggressive,but it is royal and mighty. The lifted up looks are bold, muscular and robust. The rear portion is touched up with a bit of practical terms. The tail gate is split operational with a small portion of bottom opening down and rest of the portion being lifted up. The portion opening towards the upper side is electrically operated and adds convenience. The interior is a place which doesn't allow anyone to complaint, rather you will cherish the feel inside. The smartly fixed knobs, buttons, displays and small stuff pockets are practical to use and the material used is the superior one. The steering is wrapped up with leather and it is extremely plush to use all these things. The BMW is one of the largest groups in automobile manufacturing especially the passenger cars and SUV. The brand has a premium benchmark which doesn't let them move out of the track which they have constructed for themselves.
The BMW X5 is a great SUV (or SAV) to punch up the enthusiasm. The huge stature is couple with extremely well built and refined diesel engines which are bound to deliver. The fuel efficiency acquired by these engines is also kept under the decorum and they return about 7 kmpl to 10 kmpl of mileage.
The xDrive50i engine is the bigger machine here with 4395 cc displacement and has a great power output. It generates 450 HP maximum power output between 5500 rpm to 6000 rpm. The torque developed by this engine is 650 Nm at 2000 rpm to 4500 rpm. The second engine on the charts is a lighter performer, named as xDrive35i with 2979 cc engine. It churns out 305 HP of power at 5800 rpm and the torque associated with the same is 400 Nm all going flat from 1200 rpm to 5000 rpm.
Both the engines on offer are fast, robust and refined. They have a good overall ratio of power and torque and referring the same, BMW X5 offers superb acceleration range. The xDrive35i requires 6.5 seconds to reach the 100 KMPH mark from standstill while the xDrive50i takes merely 5 second to show the same. The bigger engine can top up the speed maximum to 250 kmph while xDrive35i is not far behind with 235 kmph.
BMW has core designing traits which can be seen on all their vehicle range. The iconic dual oval grill looks perfectly defined and it also suits with the BMW's personality of being aggressive, fast and royal. The headlights have a particular pattern of getting over the adversary. Both the lights are fitted with dual bi-Xenon lamps. The front bumper has lot of cuts and curves with high mount fog lamps and chrome details all over the apparatus. Traveling through the profile, it will show you the crease lines sketched parallel to the door handles and they end up with the terminal point of tail light while crossing through the fuel tank lid. The 19 inch alloy wheels adds a little more ruggedness to the vehicle which are added with a decent style. At the rear, the split folding tail gate is a practical thing. It folds down the lower portion of the gate while the upper portion lifts up electrically. The X5 has traveled a good life now and it has suffered a lot of style changes during the time. The first ever version of the model was loaded with trucky stance because of its respective chassis design. The current version sports a monocoque assembly which makes it a performer but strikes out the off road capabilities. However, the vehicle is good for light off roads but its style alone can demonstrate that it is inadequate for deep muds and sharp rocks.
The BMW X5 is muscular enough to take over the impression dynamics. It grabs the total length of 4886 mm with width being 1938 mm and height equivalent to 1762 mm. The 2933 mm of wheelbase is paired with the X5.
The sedan inspired interiors are actually mated with its flavors. The X5 has a great cabin which won't let you feel like sitting in an SUV until and unless you are not sitting on the front seat. The driver and the co-passenger will be sitting on a higher place so as to actually feel the SUV. The Land Rover and the Porsche contenders are directed headed on to the vehicle here and BMW fails to cut them in terms of interior appeal. The cabin is equipped well but not for the comparison. However, this doesn't mean that the X5 don't have a well finished cabin; it is elegant and made up of one of the best quality materials. The seats are comfortable and supports well; it is composed of three rows and the last seat is as usual cramped for adults. It also delivers good space for luggage when folded. The cabin is illuminated with BMW's lightening package making it look cool and practical.
The leather material used over the steering wheel and seats is a luxurious thing and good for the comfort perspective also. The BMW X5 comprise of iDrive interface to manipulate with the vehicle's controlling aspects. This helps in choosing various modes and options with the help of a dial without getting the vision deflected from the road. The dial houses a touch enabled pad for easy access to the desired location which now supports the handwriting also. All these things sound quite energetic and unique but one would take good time for getting used to it. The music system can rarely be called centralized because of the unmatched feature to command over it. The dashboard sports an 10.2-inch heads-up display and two rear seat entertainment screens (10 inch each) are available for your discretion.
The generous space inside the cabin is a good approach from the BMW. The boot space offered by the company is 650 liters which gets better with folded last row seat and stores 1870 liters of luggage. The second row is 40:20:40 split folding and it excretes out even more space for cargo stuff.
The BMW X5 is available with two engine options. The first one on offer is named as xDrive50i and it is configured as 4.4 liter twin turbo V8 engine which churns out 450 hp of power at 5500 rpm to 6000 rpm. The torque generated by the same is 650 Nm at 5500 rpm to 6000 rpm. The second engine on offer is xDrive35i with 3.0 liter 6 cylinder turbo diesel engine which develops 305 hp of power at 5800 rpm and torque worth 400 Nm at 1200 rpm to 5000 rpm. Both the engines are teamed with 8 speed automatic gear box and all wheel drive system.
For infotainment features, BMW X5 houses a 10.2-inch heads-up display and two rear seat entertainment screens (10 inch each) are available for your discretion. The music system from Bang & Olufsen is also embedded over the dash board for high end surround sound system. It is a package which contains 16 speakers with a centrally located speaker which extends automatically over the dashboard. This 1200 Watts music output is a assisted with acoustic lens technology which balances the sound quality for all the seats. The studio and expanded sound settings will let you choose the detailed fun of music. Moreover, each speaker is composed of lightening system which executes perfect theater like performance.
BMW X5 rests over big and bold shoes with ample room down for mild off road activities. The 18 inch alloy wheels are wrapped up with 255/55 R18 109H XL tyres on all wheels. The spare tyre is made optional with this SUV.
The BMW X5 is equipped with a bulky and performing engine. This SUV has covered a long way with good sort of modifications. The BMW has crafted the X5's chassis with ultra high tensile steel, while they have also worked upon lowering the gross weight by introducing aluminum bonnet. The active anti roll bars, cross axle torque vectoring and electronically adjusted dampers stabilizes the SUV over steep cornering and delicate situations. Still, the steering should be a little more refined.
With all the safety equipments on offer, the BMW X5 is a highly safe vehicle. The anti lock braking system and traction controls are few of the basic ones on offer. The wiper sensing brake dryers are additional good things on offer. It has also got the front, side and curtain airbags for all the occupants. The crash test results of the X5 have also been found to be satisfactory. The suspensions and tyres absorbs most of the bumps and breaks with ease.