BMW X5 – What has 2008 brought us
The latest in luxury 4x4s has received a few internal changes that is set to make it a winner amongst the rest in its class. Less fuel consumption bigger space more flexibility and a lot more faster the X5 allows the customers to personalise their car further even though it comes at a heftier price. This model is available in both the petrol and diesel versions.
Many are predicting that the Diesel X5s will bring in the most demands as the original x5 had a 94% demand on Diesel X5s. With it’s 235bhp at 4000rpm churning out from its 3.0-litre turbodiesel the ride is guaranteed to be smooth sailing. The X5 also has 383lb-ft of torque between 2000 and 2750rpm and this is for the Diesel. The 3.0si has a 272bhp six-clinder engine and the V8 is a 355bhp 4.8-litre engine with 350lb-ft of torque. This makes the X5 a very heavy competitor in its ring. The X5 is improved with a lower centre of gravity with the lengthening of the wheelbase and the widening of its stance. As mentioned before the X5 comes with personal options. Some of these include Active Steering and the Adaptive Drive. Both of which (on its individual turf) can help make parking easier increasing the strength needed for turns at higher speeds maximise stability lowers the amount of lock used for turning at lower speeds giving more control on difficult corners and much more. Although the X5 is a 4x4s the electronics used for the road is not very suitable for off-road. It does come with a hill descent control and a hill start control will helps keeps the brakes up for three seconds before the driver accelerates.
The X5 comes with a seven-seater option and with its comfortable interior this car makes it easier for large families travelling long distances. The suspension has been created together with the run-flat tyres which makes it a safe drive as well and a better quality ride. The luggage capacity is at a minimum of 620 litres and if the rear seats are folded you can go up to 1750 litres. If needed a rear-view camera is available for those who intend to attach a towbar to a trailer. As standard with other BMW cars the X5 is equipped with safety in mind. There are front and side airbags with the additional curtain airbags for the first two rows. The electronic stability control helps realign skidding cars top of the line brakes parking sensors Isofix child mounting points and run flat tyres.
It is no denying that the second generation X5 is a heavyweight champion compared to the other competitors. The improvements might cost you a fair penny but considering the value and quality you will receive from a ride like this it is worth it. If the people at BMW has sorted out the few kinks that were in the earlier X5 model this drive should be smooth one.