2008 BMW X5 Performance

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Performance

The 3.0si X5 makes 360 hp and 225 lb-ft of torque, Cars.com confirms. The 4.8i gets 350 hp from a 4.8-liter V-8 as well as 350 lb-ft of torque. Edmunds hit 60 mph "in 7 seconds," while Cars.com did the same feat in 7.8 seconds (or 6.4 seconds with the 4.8-liter model). Car and Driver thinks the 3.0si is "enough for most" and calls the 8-cylinder "a bit over the top." Cars.com says these models can "tow up to 6,000 pounds."

Cars.com also notes that "both engines work through a 6-speed automatic," and while performance purists often disdain such transmissions, "shift quality is excellent", they add.

With its sporty feel and reasonable fuel economy for its class, the 2008 BMW X5 is definitely not just another stodgy SUV.

With all its fuel-saving tech, the X5 "is busy eking the most out of every drop of gas" while running hard, Car and Driver says. Edmunds says EPA gas mileage ranges from 21 mpg highway to 19 mpg highway.

Handling is a strength of the X5. Car and Driver likes its "responsive" and "natural-feeling steering" and its "taut chassis." Cars.com says it "always feels stable." MyRide.com says it will "make you think sport, not utility." Edmunds simply calls it one of the "best-handling midsize luxury SUVs."

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