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2008 BMW X5 Review

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The 2008 BMW X5 is better than ever, but could use more dramatic styling and an iDrive transplant.

The car experts at TheCarConnection.com studied Web reviews of the new 2008 BMW X5 to bring you this conclusive review. TheCarConnection.com's editors also drove the 2008 BMW X5 to bring you more details on its performance, styling, features, safety, and quality to help you decide which reviews to trust and to explain why other reviews of the new BMW X5 might have differing opinions.

The 2008 BMW X5 carries on the German automaker's sport-utility brand after receiving an extensive redo last year. The BMW X5 is now larger and more powerful than before, and it has a different face to show the world.

The base engine is a 3.0-liter, 260-horsepower six-cylinder, while the optional 4.8-liter V-8 makes 350 horsepower. Both use a six-speed automatic transmission to get power to all four wheels via standard all-wheel drive. And both versions will accelerate to 60 mph in 8 seconds or less, even though they're heavy vehicles that can tow up to 6,000 pounds.

Exterior styling hasn't changed much even with last year's improvements, and the X5 was never one of the most handsome vehicles in its class, anyway--but it is inoffensive. Inside, it's fairly austere and decked out with gadgets like the infuriating iDrive controller that operates the audio, navigation, and climate controls. The 2008 BMW X5 is also capable of transporting seven passengers, now that BMW's fitted a third-row seat to its interior, and interior room is good for all occupants now.

The X5's handling and ride have been improved. The automatic shifts with authority, but is smooth at cruising speeds and in Sport mode alike. With or without the optional Sport package (which adds 19-inch wheels, run-flat all-season tires, and BMW's AdaptiveDrive stability and automatic damping control system), anything like legal speed driving doesn't begin to challenge the X5's composure. And if you keep leaning on it, the X5 leans right back, with the all-wheel-drive and electronic stability-enhancing systems always maintaining an even keel.

The 2008 BMW X5 scores high with federal and insurance-industry crash tests, earning mostly five-star ratings, save for a four-star side-passenger impact rating and a four-star rollover rating. It earns the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick award.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015
For 2008 BMW X5

One of the best cars I've ever owned!

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This car has exceeded my expectations in all aspects. BMW truly understands what is required in making a car for the discerning driver! When considering a replacement, BMW will be at the top of my list.
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Sunday, 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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Thursday, 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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