2012 BMW X5 Review

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Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

It doesn't pop with the styling or interior plushness of its competitors, but the 2012 BMW X5 has the powerful X5 M and frugal diesel up its sleeve.

A frontrunner in the luxury SUV segment, the 2012 BMW X5 continues to prove its value, moving forward for the new model year with minimal updates. Given its handsome styling, ample space for five passengers, and luxurious interior, that's a good thing.

Styled with BMW's brand aesthetics up front, but with a more masculine appeal than most of the range, the X5's chunky proportions meet with flowing lines to deliver a conservatively handsome look. Inside, the story is much the same, with a restrained style that will appeal to a wide range of buyers. A number of color and materials options allow customization for specific tastes.

While the X5 might largely fly under the styling radar, it shines in performance. Under the hood of the base model lies a twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder rated at 300 horsepower and 23 mpg highway. This base engine, dubbed xDrive35i in BMW terms, is available in three trim packages: base, Premium, and Sport Activity. More on those later.

A turbocharged diesel is available in the X5 xDrive35d model, good for 265 horsepower and 26 mpg highway, though it commands a slight premium in price over the standard gasoline model. The most potent standard X5 is the xDrive50i, powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine rated at 400 horsepower and 20 mpg highway but delivering thrilling acceleration, particularly for an SUV. A very highly tuned version of the same engine is available in the X5 M, rated at 555 horsepower and upgraded with a shockingly good suspension setup.

The X5 rides and handles more like a big sedan, even though it's considerably taller and bulkier. The X5 M is an oddity, but one we love: a track-ready sport-utility vehicle that makes no sense on paper and a lot of sense on a speedway. On most models, ride quality is better than expected.

The X5 is comfortable for up to five adults, though a tiny third-row seat with two more spaces for kids is available Cargo space is adequate, if not excessive.

The IIHS gives the X5 good crash-test ratings, but the NHTSA hasn't fully vetted it yet. All models come with all-wheel drive.

Among other features, BMW offers navigation, an iDrive infotainment interface, power front seats, keyless ignition, parking sensors, a rearview camera, and a USB port.

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May 2, 2015
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I've been complimented on this vehicles appearance more than any of the over twenty cars I've owned through the years.

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This X5 has the optional twin turbocharged V8 and Dinan's stage 2 programming raising the stock HP and tourque from 400 and 450 to 500 HP and 575 ft. Lbs. The result is an SUV that performs like an X5 M... + More »
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April 20, 2015
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Fantastic car V16 engine with single turbo star alloy wheels leather interior the body colour is carbon fibre with twin exhausts.
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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
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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
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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
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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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