2007 BMW X5 Review

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  Expanded utility, sharp body and steering responses.

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  Styling isn't much different from the past six years. 

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  Still a stiff price to pay for large families.
 

The sporting credentials of BMW’s X5 have never been in question — but its utility credentials often left a bit to be desired. 

 

Prospective buyers who needed third-row seating had to look elsewhere. And the original X5’s cargo-carrying ability was not much of an improvement over a typical mid-size sedan. So although it could leave most mid-sized SUVs tumbling end over end if they even tried to hold the same line in a high-speed corner, the X5 couldn’t hold as much gear or as many people.

It’s no surprise that the new ’07 X5 is bigger (though at first glance, it’s hard to tell, so subtle are the alterations to wheelbase and sheetmetal), can be ordered with third-row seating, and now comes with a much stronger 260-horsepower standard engine. Too, its upgrade V-8 has been punched out to 4.8 liters and 350 horses from last year’s 4.4-liter, 315-hp engine. 

What is surprising is that the X5’s sports car–quality handling characteristics have not been hobbled by any of these changes. It’s typical that as a vehicle grows in size and becomes more “mainstream” and “family friendly,” it also becomes more like the typical middle-aged clientele that needs mainstream and family-friendly vehicles.  Once-sharp reflexes and a firm suspension set up for enthusiast drivers are swapped for drop-down DVD entertainment systems for the kids and power-operated toys for the grown-ups.

The X5 has an abundance of the latter, including a “simplified” version of the infamous iDrive mouse controller (more on that below), available heads-up display and an electrically activated gear shifter similar to the system first used on the 7-Series sedan (more on that below, also).

But as I experienced firsthand during two days of flogging new X5s (both the base six-cylinder powered 3.0si and the V-8 X5 4.8i) on some ofSouth Carolina’s best moonshiner backcountry roads, the ’07 X5’s every bit the runner the old one was. And then some.

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April 28, 2015
2007 BMW X5 AWD 4-Door 4.8i

Nice car great performance

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Great luxury SUV powerful yet smooth riding experience
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September 19, 2016
2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i Sports Activity Vehicle

Problems within 1week

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Built our second BMW X5. I had a 2009 before. As my 13 year old stated "Round 2 of trouble." She was right, within 1,week the Instrument Board stopped working a new Instrument board will have to be installed.
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October 29, 2016
For 2016 BMW X5

X5 M50D - phenomenal sports car disguised as an SUV, with great comfort and fuel economy to boot

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I purchased this new six days ago. The X5 M50D has a three stage turbocharger, equivilant to three turbochargers. The 0-62mph (0-100kph) time is 5.3 seconds. Mine is fitted with a few tasty options, including... + More »
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May 22, 2016
2016 BMW X5 RWD 4-Door sDrive35i

We have traditionally only purchased Mercedes cars but the X5 beats the GLE/ML and won our business.

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The BMW X5 35i S-drive has proven performance of the BMW Twin Power 3.0L six which beats the Mercedes 3.5L in power and fuel economy. The overall updated style of the X5 trumps the older ML and mildly updated... + More »
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May 7, 2017
2015 BMW X5 AWD 4-Door xDrive50i

X5m50d it's the best for me

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X5 2015 is the best for thiis generation in x5 it's very fast very beautiful view to see and the most powerful in small motor i talkin for x5m50d it's very speed and every her i buying this model
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April 28, 2016
2015 BMW X5 AWD 4-Door xDrive35i

X5 Dissapointment

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For a $70,000 car the level of quality and performance are disappointing. I have experienced interior lighting problems, squeaks and noise inside the car, Fog lamps not working. The most annoying issue is the... + More »
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October 16, 2015
For 2015 BMW X5

Exceptional vehicle, except

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We love the car, but just on days that aren't too warm. Everything but the AC is spot on. The AC won't even hold temperature on a hot sunny day unless you leave it on MaxAC the entire time. And that is pretty... + More »
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May 26, 2015
2015 BMW X5 AWD 4-Door xDrive35d

Love the way this car rides and handles.

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Excellent vehicle! Best vehicle I have ever owned. Stylish, good on gas, smooth driving and riding.
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April 17, 2015
For 2015 BMW X5

Excellent vehicle.

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I have the diesel version. So far averaging over 29mpg. There are a few quirky things about it. For instance, you push the shift lever forward to put it in reverse. The rear hatch is two piece which doesn't... + More »
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April 14, 2015
For 2015 BMW X5

Nice car, but a little bulky

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I really enjoy driving my car in roads&highways, but when I have to visit downtown (at Madrid-Spain), public parking lots are not big enough for my "Panzer", and some residential areas have sometimes too... + More »
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