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Along with subtly tweaked styling, the 2011 model includes new options like active cruise control and a lane departure warning system.
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The curiously distinctly European vocabulary and British accent of our EU-spec NAV system added a bit of humor to our time the 2011 X5.
The new iDrive is much easier to operate thanks to the addition of physical buttons for commonly used functions and a much larger screen.
Even with the lower base price for the X5 xDrive35i, the X5 lineup is still hardly cheap, and indeed, many of our test vehicles have come in close to or above $60K without the V-8, and closer to $70K with it.
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Although the price cut is certainly welcome, what’s surprising is how much equipment remains optional, including leather upholstery (!), on the base car and the diesel; the third-row seat; navigation, even on the most expensive versions; Bluetooth; and satellite radio.
The X5 offers a long list of standard features, plus even more optional add-ons, though the price rises as quickly as the feature count does.
Few complaints about the advanced technology onboard stem from any source other than the rather complex iDrive system, though the latest updates have made the system more intuitive and useful than when it first hit the market.
Some of the features that come standard include a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat with memory settings, HD radio with anti-theft AM/FM/CD stereo, seats that configure into a number of cargo and passenger formations, dynamic cruise control, and speed-sensitive power steering.
Optional equipment includes a range of packages that can add premium interior elements like Nappa leather, wood and metal trim, and unique color combinations, or high-tech equipment like smartphone integration, a heads-up display, USB and iPod integration, active steering, multicontour seats, and of course, navigation.An optional six-CD changer is available, as is a rear-seat entertainment center with an eight-inch screen. Heated seats front and rear, parking sensors, keyless entry and ignition, a panoramic moonroof with power sunshade, and a head-up display are available as well.
The 2011 BMW X5 has lots of standard features, including the sometimes-frustrating iDrive, but also offers many upgrades.