2016 BMW X5 Review

April 18, 2016

The 2016 BMW X5 offers an expanded line that includes a plug-in hybrid model, the xDrive40e, which combines lithium-ion battery with a turbo four-cylinder engine. BMW did a great job at giving the X5 dynamic roads feel, separating it from other luxury SUVs. Buyers who are looking for a family-friendly crossover can go for the leather-wrapped BMW X5 M that sits five persons.

More about the X5

The xDrive50i is the most potent version of the regular X5. It boasts a turbo-charged 4.4-liter engine with 445 horsepower. BMW claims that this SUV can hit 0-60mph in just 4.7 seconds, which is impressive for a large people-hauler. Meanwhile, the X5 M offers 567 horsepower, reducing the sprint time – from 0-60mph – to four seconds flat.

The M version features 21-inch wheels, unique body styling, and an adaptive suspension with body roll control. In addition, this X5 version offers 18-way seats, as well as a shift knob. The downsides, however, include the ultra-sensitive gas pedal. The third-row seating feature that you normally see on X5s is no longer available on the M version.

There are only few rivals in this segment, but they come with impressive features. The more expensive 2016 Porsche Cayenne Turbo has excellent handling dynamics. The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE63, on the other hand, offers an impressive exhaust and a flawless interior. Even with these tough competitors, the BMW X5 can still stand out.

The X5 M is a medium-sized luxury crossover that sits five people. This high-performance vehicle is offered in a single-trim design. Its cabin technology features audio and phone connectivity via Bluetooth, online services, a navigation system, mobile app integration, a 10.2-inch screen display with a touchpad controller, voice controls, a USB port, 16 speakers powered by the Harman Kardon sound system, and an auxiliary audio jack.

Add-Ons

The BMW X5 M has two package options available. The Driver Assistance Plus package offers a wide range of advanced safety features, such as the active blind-spot monitoring, a lane-departure warning system, a top- and side-view camera system, and speed limit information. The Executive package, meanwhile, adds power-closing doors, adaptive LED headlights with an auto high beam control, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, ventilated front seats, manual rear-window sunshades, and heated rear seats.

Interior

The X5 M’s interior design offers elegance and a high-quality standard cabin. The supportive and heavily bolstered front seats make your driving experience comfortable and special. The extended leather trim comes with dashboard inserts, while the synthetic-suede headliner is also included in the standard layout.

The iDrive interface has become more user-friendly, offering an intuitive menu and a touchpad controller. The mobile app is also part of the deal, along with the 10.2-inch screen display, and BMW’s online services that can show you the current weather. The rear-seat legroom adequately accommodates a pair of adults, while the cargo bay offers more than enough space. You will also be impressed by the X5 M’s liftgate on top and the flip-down tailgate.

Performance and Safety

The 2016 BMW X5 M comes as an all-wheel drive system that is run by a 4.4-liter turbo-charged V8 with 567 horsepower and 553 pounds-feet of torque to give. The eight-speed automatic transmission has a launch control, allowing the X5 M to sprint from zero to 60mph in only four seconds. In terms of fuel-efficiency, this SUV runs at 16 miles per gallon.

The X5 M also comes standard with anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, hill-descent control, full-length side curtain airbags, front side airbags, and active front head restraints. Drivers of this model will also enjoy the BMW Remote Services and BMW Assist eCall that serve as the car maker’s emergency communication systems. These safety features will provide automatic crash notifications, remote lock or unlock, stolen vehicle recovery, and a mobile app with remote functions, as well as on-demand emergency response through the SOS button.

Impression

The 2016 BMW X5 M, which has a price tag ranging from A$148,280 to 176,330, can produce an explosive acceleration even with its 2.5-ton mass. Its maneuvering features can also allow you to do quick steering, with grips to keep you under control. The cabin stays quiet even at cruising speeds, while the tires are only slightly vocal when traversing rough pavements. With so many features to offer, the new BMW X5 is definitely a good deal.

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