An Introduction to the BMW X5

The BMW X5 is a large Sports Activity Vehicle with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission.

The latest generation of the model introduced three new engines for the xDrive30d, xDrive40d – replacing the xDrive35d – and the xDrive50i – replacing the xDrive48i (both present in used BMW vehicles.

All of the powerplants now meet EU5 standards.

The entry level xDrive30d records a sub 200g/km carbon dioxide reading. The engine consumes  38.2mpg on the combined cycle and emits 195g/km of CO2.

It produces 245hp, up 10hp on the previous xDrive30d. Acceleration to 62mph takes only 7.6 seconds – a six per cent improvement over the previous model.

The replacement of the twin-turbocharged xDrive35d with the new xDrive40d sees an improvement in emissions of 10 per cent, emitting 198g/km of carbon dioxide while delivering 37.7mpg on the combined cycle.

The 0-62mph time is now 6.6 seconds, down from 7.0 seconds, courtesy of a 306hp output, 20hp more than the previous engine.

Powered by the world’s first twin-turbocharged V8 engine with the catalytic converter located in the vee, the xDrive50i has an extra 53hp compared to the model it replaced, taking the total to 408hp. This leads to a reduced 0-62mph time of 5.5 seconds, an improvement of 1.0 second over the previous powertrain.

The BMW X5’s eight-speed automatic transmission helps to lower the X5’s carbon dioxide output.

The latest BMW X5 includes a number of exterior changes, including revised front bumpers with enlarged vents, to increase the air supply to the engine and brakes, and matt aluminium-look lower scuff plates and vent fins.

Xenon headlights, with bright white LED corona rings feature on the face of the car while the more centralised front fog lights complete the front end. At the rear is a red light cluster with horizontal LED light bars. There are also enlarged tail pipes within a redesigned rear bumper.

As well as the automatic transmission, the equipment list includes leather upholstery as standard on all models, Xenon headlights for the entire range while Servotronic steering now comes as standard.

A range of high-tech options are available, including Lane Departure Warning, Active Cruise Control with ‘Stop and Go’ function, speed limit display and side-view cameras.

The BMW X5 M offers the combination of BMW’s M philosophy with an SAV concept.

It comes with a new V8 high-performance power unit with performance features precisely tailored to the character of the model.

Displacing 4,395 cubic centimetres, the engine delivers maximum output of 408 kW/555 hp from 5,750-6,000 rpm.