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BMW X5
BMW X5
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$52,800 - $68,200
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Car Type: Luxury sport-utility vehicles
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BMW X5 Overview

The third generation X5 traded in some steering feel and sporty handling for a quieter, more comfortable, and refined driving experience. The interior is impeccably finished, but the optional third row seat is tiny. BMW's iDrive control system has been improved but remains complex, and the electronic shifter is unintuitive. The standard 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder, paired to a silky-smooth eight-speed automatic, delivers effortless acceleration and racked up an average 21 mpg, which is pretty good. A 4.4-liter V8 is also available, and a new 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel arrives later. A rear-wheel-drive version is also available. Convenience gear includes a new self-parking system. Safety systems are comprehensive but, weirdly, the rear camera is optional.

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