2009 (59) BMW X5xDrive35d M Sport 5dr Auto

Falkirk Fiat / Abarth

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

6.5" colour display screenCruise control with brake function
IDrive controller on centre consoleLights on warning
On board computerPark distance control
PASRemote tailgate release
Service interval indicatorStop/start button
Tyre puncture warning system 

Entertainment

BMW professional twin tuner radio with single CD player and MP3 CD playback facility 

Exterior Features

Body colour bumpersBody colour door handles
Body colour electric adjust heated aspherical door mirrorsBrake force display
Clear indicator lensesDouble kidney grille with chrome surround and titanium slats
Electric front/rear windows with anti-trapElectric headlight adjustment
Follow me home headlightsFront fog lights
Green tinted glassHeadlight washer jets
Heat insulated glassHeated washer nozzles
Intermittent rear wash/wipeM aerodynamic body kit
Oval chrome exhaust tailpipesRain sensor with auto light activation system
Two piece tailgate 

Interior Features

60/40 split folding rear seatAuxiliary power socket
Auxiliary power socket in luggage areaBoot lashing points
Floor matsFront and rear cupholders
Front armrest with storage binHeight adj rear head restraints
Illuminated glovebox with lockIndividual anthracite headlining
Isofix child seat preparationLuggage compartment cover
M leather steering wheelReach + rake adjustable steering column
Storage bins on all doorsSunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Tilt/height adjustable front head restraintsToolkit located in luggage compartment

Packs

Interior lights pack - X5Smokers pack

Safety

3 rear 3 point seatbeltsABS
ADB - Automatic Differential BrakeAutomatic Stability Control (ASC)
CBC - (Cornering brake control)Child locks on rear doors
Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doorsDriver/Front Passenger airbags
DSC-Dynamic Stability ControlDynamic brake control
Dynamic Traction Control - DTCElectronic brake force distribution
Electronic parking brakeFront passenger airbag deactivation
Front side airbagsHeight adjustable front seatbelts
Hill descent controlHill start assist
ITS head airbags for front/rearOccupancy sensor for passenger seat
Pyrotechnically pre-tensioned front seatbeltsSide impact protection
Warning triangle and first aid kit 

Security

Locking wheel nutsRemote central locking
Thatcham cat 1 remote alarm/immobiliser 

Technical

Self levelling rear air suspension 

Wheels

Run flat tyres
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO2 (g/km)220Particles0.001
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 4 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC2993Compression Ratio17.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders6
Cylinders - Bore (mm)84Cylinders - Stroke (mm)90
Engine LayoutNORTH SOUTHFuel DeliveryCOMMON RAIL
Gears6 SPEEDNumber of Valves24
TransmissionAUTO 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)34EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)39.8EC Urban (mpg)26.9

General

Badge Engine CC3.0Badge Power286
Coin DescriptiondCoin SeriesM SPORT
Insurance Group 118Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0747A
Insurance Group 2AManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years12
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.9
EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.9Service Interval Mileage36000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)7Engine Power - BHP286
Engine Power - KW210Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM4400Engine Torque - LBS.FT428
Engine Torque - MKG59Engine Torque - NM580
Engine Torque - RPM1750Top Speed146

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front225/50 R19
Tyre Size Rear285/45 R19Tyre Size SpareRUN FLAT TYRE
Wheel StyleM V SPOKEWheel Type19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1776Length4854
Wheelbase2933Width1933

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)85Gross Vehicle Weight2790
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1750Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)620
Max. Loading Weight680Max. Roof Load100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked3500Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750
Minimum Kerbweight2110No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb12.8
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

BMW X5

FREE RANGE X

Introduction

The BMW X5 is often said to have revolutionised the luxury 4x4 market with its prowess on the road but this isn't that X5. The model we look at here is the second generation one and by the time it appeared in 2007, it was evolution that was called for. The BMW bigwigs wanted to put the X5 back on top, ahead of a glut of rival models which had followed its revolutionary lead. The differences might not be immediately obvious but a squint at the detail shows a car that's bigger, plusher and more sophisticated than its subversive forefather.

History

The original X5 turned up in 1999. It was BMW's first glimpse above the parapet in the 4x4 market and, with hindsight, it was exactly what should have been expected from a brand touting itself as builder of 'The Ultimate Driving Machine'. Nobody expected it. The X5 immediately made rival luxury 4x4s look like 1930's farm machinery by comparison. BMW had dumped its car's ability to wade up to its wipers through swamps and trundle through boulder fields. Instead it went for nimble handling and sports car performance over terrain that well-to-do UK buyers were infinitely more likely to encounter - tarmac. Big success came the X5's way and soon, the market was packed with imitators. The first stage of BMW's response came in 2004 in the shape of the X3. This was a smaller vehicle but not that much smaller than the original and the upper-spec versions were very close to the X5 in price, making it look somewhat redundant until the second generation version arrived in 2007. BMW's luxury 4x4 had grown larger, more sophisticated and more expensive. Its lunge upmarket left wiggleroom for the X3 below and BMW's 4x4 range took on a more cohesive look. The engines were largely carried over from the Mk1 model but nobody was going to complain about that as they were largely excellent. The most affordable options were the 235bhp 3.0-litre diesel and the 272bhp 3.0-litre petrol. Then there was the range-topping 355bhp 4.8-litre petrol powerplant. Arriving a little later and not inherited from the original car was the diesel unit in the 3.0sd model that used twin turbochargers to boost its output to 286bhp and a 3.0-litre twin-turbo petrol. The model designations were later tweaked so that twin turbo petrol became the xDrive35i. The two diesels became xDrive30i and xDrive35i while the V8 petrol got xDrive48i branding. By mid 2009, only the two diesel models and the xDrive48i V8 petrol were being offered in the UK and there was a further addition in the shape of a twin-turbo V8 packing 555bhp. This monster formed the centrepiece of the X5 M.

What You Get

Let's have a look at the pertinent facts. This X5 is only 19cm longer than the original model but manages to incorporate up to three rows of seats. Even with all three rows occupied, there's still 200 litres of boot space. In a more conventional five-seat configuration, the X5's boot measures 620 litres, up 155 litres on its predecessor. There's also an additional 90-litre storage compartment under the floor if you're not interested in having seven seat capacity. This X5 is also 6cm wider than its forebear but, in another case of the engineers pulling a rabbit out of their hat, weighs no more in base specification. Those third row rear seats are quite small and an adult wouldn't want to spend any length of time cooped up in them. They aren't protected by the X5's side airbags either and they were only offered as an option, so the majority of used models won't have them anyway. Space in the other seats can't be faulted and neither can the build quality. The design inside is standard BMW stuff, minimal and neat without too much wow-factor but you've got to love the way it's all put together. The iDrive control interface will flummox owners at first but it can be mastered without too much effort and you should be whizzing through those menus in no time. The styling of the car is a good deal more conservative than many contemporary BMWs with little of the ostentatious 'flame-surfacing' seen on the 5 Series and Z4 of this era. Instead, BMW adopted a more restrained look not a million miles away from the old model. The stance of the car is much like a supersized and rather chunkier X3. It's a very deft piece of styling that, in common with its predecessor, manages to disguise the bulk superbly.

What to Look For

The BMW X5 has no known faults although it would be wise to check the underbody, exhaust and suspension for signs of damage from overenthusiastic off-roading. Over enthusiastic on-roading may well have taken its toll on the car too. The sports models fitted with 19-inch wheels are prone to kerbing damage and an enthusiastically-driven example can soon make mincemeat of its front tyres which, at around £200 per corner, could be a bill you don't want to be saddled with. There's quite a lot to go wrong with all those electronic systems on board but other than the odd tetchy sensor, it generally doesn't.

Replacement Parts

(approx. based on a 2007 X5 3.0si) A replacement clutch is around £150, while front brake pads weigh in around £50 and an alternator (exchange) roughly £250.

On the Road

One thing that BMW was keen not to alter was the X5's reputation as being the best driver's car in its class. When the first model appeared, the German company invented a new classification for it, steering away from the lumbering 'Sports Utility Vehicle' (SUV) tag and dubbing the X5 a 'Sports Activity Vehicle', marketing doublespeak for the fact that this car was aimed at on-road performance rather than off-road ruggedness. BMW's intent is obvious when examining the finer engineering beneath the X5. Instead of a high-mounted engine that stays clear of water, much as you'd get in most serious 4x4s, BMW went the opposite way, mounting the engine and gearbox as low and as far back as possible for an aggressive centre of gravity to help spirited cornering. From behind the wheel, you'll marvel at how something so big can feel so nimble and while it's no sports saloon, the X5 can be hurried along a B-road with real relish. The ride quality is somewhat hit and miss, proving somewhat firm over poor surfaces, especially in the M Sport cars. The adaptive suspension system that was optional on most models largely solves this problem but on a good road, the X5 will draw few complaints anyway. The engines are outstanding. The diesels that accounted for the majority of sales have no problem shifting a two-tonne X5 around and still manage to turn in fuel economy that will keep you in the black. The xDrive35d can sprint to 60mph in a hot hatch rivalling 6.6s and return 34mpg on the combined cycle. It actually has more torque than the 4.8-litre V8 with a huge 580Nm. That's some engine and the xDrive30d isn't too far behind if you can't quite afford it.

Overall

The second generation X5 may not have changed the way we think about luxury 4x4s in the way that its predecessor did but it's a substantially better car, having evolved from the groundbreaking original. It's the best big 4x4 of its era from a keen driver's perspective and it will still do a reasonable job off-road. The ride can be firm and the cabin isn't as practical as some rivals but that's about as far as the downsides go with this consummate luxury SUV.

Performance
80%
Handling
90%
Comfort
80%
Space
80%
Styling
70%
Build
80%
Value
70%
Equipment
60%
Economy
60%
Depreciation
70%
Insurance
70%

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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