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FEATURES | 9 out of 10
The X5 will not disappoint
Can get quite expensive with options
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Many of these packages included less-than critical items
The iDrive system still annoys many drivers with its complexity
The 2008 BMW X5 comes with a lot of options, though some reviewers consulted by TheCarConnection.com suggest that BMW designers need to work on few of them.
According to Kelley Blue Book, the BMW X5's "generous allotment of standard features includes six-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission, xDrive full-time all-wheel drive, all-season run-flat tires on 18-inch alloy wheels, xenon adaptive auto-leveling headlamps with automatic control, [and] panoramic sunroof." Also included on all 2008 BMW X5s are "remote operating one-touch power windows, dual-zone automatic climate control and AM/FM/CD/MP3 12-speaker audio with auxiliary input." The 4.8i model "features numerous additional items, including leather and a choice of wood trims."
"A large information screen sits front and center," says Cars.com, although they warn that it's operated by the "confounding iDrive," but luckily the whole system can be bypassed using the "six programmable buttons on the center stack."
Cars.com notes that the BMW X5's optional features "include front and rear heated seats, front and rear parking sensors, Comfort Access keyless entry and ignition, a head-up display and a panoramic moonroof that's made of two large glass panels and includes a power sunshade." The Premium Package of the 2008 BMW also includes "leather upholstery (3.0si), power lumbar support, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and Bluetooth," according to Edmunds. The navigation system can also receive delay warnings, and it receives directions through an FM broadcast from Clear Channel Communications, says Cars.com. There is also the optional six-CD changer, though its "outdated design" of being "located in the glove box" sets it back a bit. There is also the optional rear-seat entertainment center with an eight-inch screen in this 2008 BMW.
The 2008 BMW X5 has plenty of standard features, and options include the latest in high-tech gadgetry.