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At the same time, this luxury midsize crossover comes with the equipment, quality construction and high-end trappings one expects from BMW.
The cabin electronics include the latest BMW apps system, which reads Facebook and Twitter feeds out loud, and can even post canned updates based on the car's GPS location.
I found the biggest triumph to be the X5's tech features that functioned smoothly and performed without frustration.
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 2013 BMW X5 is, like other BMWs, highly customizable, but also well-equipped even in standard form. The once difficult-to-use iDrive controller retains its central function in the car's infotainment system, but is now much more intuitive and straightforward to use.
The one caveat with all of the available configurations and high-tech equipment is that the price can balloon quickly. That said, if you're willing to pay for it, there aren't many options you won't find on the 2013 X5.
The iDrive controller gives access to navigation (on equipped models), smartphone-linked apps, the HD Radio-capable audio system, and much more.
The 2013 X5's standard equipment list includes a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with memory; reconfigurable/folding seats for cargo and passenger arrangements; dynamic cruise control; and speed-sensitive power steering.
Upgrades available on the 2013 X5 include nappa leather; several choices of wood and metal trim; a wide range of upholstery colors; and high-tech add-ons like heads-up display, active steering, and more.
For rear-seat passengers, the optional six-disc CD changer, rear-seat entertainment system with eight-inch screens, heated rear seats, and panoramic moonroof will add to the experience.
BMW's available equipment list for the 2013 X5 should satisfy most buyers, from tech to audio to look and feel.