xDrive50i 4dr All-wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle
2014 BMW X5

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EngineEngine 4.4LV-8
MPGMPG 14 City / 22 Hwy
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2014 X5 Overview

Is Better Than Ever Still Good Enough? By now, all but the staunchest of traditionalists have moved past the shock and horror of seeing their favorite automotive brands branching into categories and segments that break with their previously accepted norms. In other words, you and I don't really care all that much if the BMW M3 is powered by an inline six or a V8, or whether it boasts a turbocharger, just so long as the end result is an awesome car. Similarly, we don't get all hot under the collar seeing that same M3 share space on the showroom floor with a brace of SUVs and crossovers... or, as BMW continues to insist, Sports Activity Vehicles. Time, as they say, heals all wounds, and the BMW X5 has been around long enough, having first seen the light of day in 1999, that anyone offended by its existence has since gotten over it. Plus, the X5 is a legitimately nice vehicle to drive, offering such desirable qualities to family men and women as seating for up to seven, all-wheel drive and a commandingly tall view of the road. For the enthusiast set, the X5 serves up a taut chassis and powerful engine options. Up until now, BMW has done a very good job combining these two seemingly disjointed paradigms – SUV-like utility and pleasing driving dynamics – better than any of its rivals, which include similarly sized utility vehicles from each of the big German brands, plus Acura, Lexus and Infiniti from Japan. The Americans, too, play in this space, though with perhaps a bit less overall prestige from nameplates like Cadillac and Jeep. Suffice it to say that a premium sport utility buyer has plenty of options from which to choose. We traveled to Vancouver, BC to see for ourselves if BMW has managed to maintain its lead in the luxury crossover race with this redesigned 2014 X5. There's no doubt that the latest X5 shares a bloodline with the automaker's previous-generation model. BMW chose not to upset the apple cart too much for 2014 in terms of styling. Although every surface is newly sculpted, there's no doubt that the latest X5 shares its main bloodline with the automaker's previous-generation model. The changes that have been made, fortunately, are all improvements to our eyes. Starting at the front, BMW's expected twin kidney-shaped grille openings form a triangle of sorts with the front foglights, which are inset into the fascia. On either side of the grille are headlight clusters made up of two mostly circular corona-ringed lamps highlighted by a row of LED accents at the top. It's a recognizable face, but one that is newly muscular in appearance. We particularly like the X5 in profile. A rising character line extends from the front wheel arches (behind which sit small air extractors) all the way to the car's rear flanks. This line is joined by another crease that serves to make the rear wheel wells look wider and more aggressive. …
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2014 X5 Overview

Is Better Than Ever Still Good Enough? By now, all but the staunchest of traditionalists have moved past the shock and horror of seeing their favorite automotive brands branching into categories and segments that break with their previously accepted norms. In other words, you and I don't really care all that much if the BMW M3 is powered by an inline six or a V8, or whether it boasts a turbocharger, just so long as the end result is an awesome car. Similarly, we don't get all hot under the collar seeing that same M3 share space on the showroom floor with a brace of SUVs and crossovers... or, as BMW continues to insist, Sports Activity Vehicles. Time, as they say, heals all wounds, and the BMW X5 has been around long enough, having first seen the light of day in 1999, that anyone offended by its existence has since gotten over it. Plus, the X5 is a legitimately nice vehicle to drive, offering such desirable qualities to family men and women as seating for up to seven, all-wheel drive and a commandingly tall view of the road. For the enthusiast set, the X5 serves up a taut chassis and powerful engine options. Up until now, BMW has done a very good job combining these two seemingly disjointed paradigms – SUV-like utility and pleasing driving dynamics – better than any of its rivals, which include similarly sized utility vehicles from each of the big German brands, plus Acura, Lexus and Infiniti from Japan. The Americans, too, play in this space, though with perhaps a bit less overall prestige from nameplates like Cadillac and Jeep. Suffice it to say that a premium sport utility buyer has plenty of options from which to choose. We traveled to Vancouver, BC to see for ourselves if BMW has managed to maintain its lead in the luxury crossover race with this redesigned 2014 X5. There's no doubt that the latest X5 shares a bloodline with the automaker's previous-generation model. BMW chose not to upset the apple cart too much for 2014 in terms of styling. Although every surface is newly sculpted, there's no doubt that the latest X5 shares its main bloodline with the automaker's previous-generation model. The changes that have been made, fortunately, are all improvements to our eyes. Starting at the front, BMW's expected twin kidney-shaped grille openings form a triangle of sorts with the front foglights, which are inset into the fascia. On either side of the grille are headlight clusters made up of two mostly circular corona-ringed lamps highlighted by a row of LED accents at the top. It's a recognizable face, but one that is newly muscular in appearance. We particularly like the X5 in profile. A rising character line extends from the front wheel arches (behind which sit small air extractors) all the way to the car's rear flanks. This line is joined by another crease that serves to make the rear wheel wells look wider and more aggressive. …Hide Full Review