BMW X5 Overview
The third-generation X5 traded some steering feel and sporty handling for a refined driving experience. Its 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder, paired to a silky-smooth eight-speed automatic, delivers effortless acceleration and averaged a good 21-mpg overall. In our tests we found the ride to be steady and refined. The interior is quiet and impeccably finished, but the third-row seat is suitable only for kids. BMW's iDrive system has been improved but remains complex. Optional safety systems are comprehensive, including lane-departure warning that vibrates the steering wheel. A 4.4-liter V8 and a diesel are available. Reliability has been average for the six-cylinder turbo. The xDrive40e plug-in hybrid, running on a 2.0-liter twin turbo four-cylinder engine, will arrive in this fall.
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