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Unlike BMW salons, SUVs do not have respected parents, nor E39 nor E46 to generate nostalgia and unfair comparisons. The X5 has always been competent and has been a commercial success, but has never been exalted. In this way, BMW should not launch the fourth generation of its medium-sized SUV with the promise that the company will return to the track, as with the next new series 3. In contrast, the Bavarians are perfectly happy to prove that this X5 it is simply a better, more powerful and more advanced version of the latest X5. And that is exactly what it is.
A bit larger than ever in terms of wheelbase, width and length, the proportions of the new X5 are well known, even if its calendar has reached almost comical proportions. Its skin extends beyond the corners and the side lining adds a bit of interest to a line that reaches the back door, which makes it more sporty, but not revolutionary.
However, many new things happen. BMW is migrating its entire range to two modular platforms, and the X5 is the latest to move to the so-called CLAR (Cluster Architecture), which is also the basis of the new series 3. Its double front suspension and its rear multi -Link is complemented with adaptive shock absorbers of the series and an optional suspension that now brings the primers in the front on the rear axle; They were available only before. The rear is a new offer and some of the latest X5 options, including active stabilizer bars, variable radius steering and remote control with differential electronic control, continue along this route.
This wide range of chassis technologies is part of BMW’s claims that the new X5 is more efficient on the road and better off-road. We can not debate this claim after experiencing the new X5 in a legitimately demanding off-road camp, as well as winding two-lane roads to Atlanta. It is impressive in the dust, with all the necessary systems, including the standard descent control, which allows easy tracking on the rocks, even if the new all-terrain models were equipped with Pirelli P Zero summer tires.
The maneuvers of the X5 are more relevant, since they improve the handling and handling of the old model with a more connected feeling and a greater sense of refinement. The primary controls are always something different: a two-and-a-half-ton SUV will never be delivered clean from a sports sedan, and we will not wait, but there are few changes in the direction and the brake pedal responds gradually in the tickets. The X5 is also extremely quiet and is based on a stable cruise on the road, hardly the sound of the wind or the road that permeates the cabin.
IMPROVEMENT OF THE PROPULSION TRAIN
You can listen to a six track online that sings softly on xDrive40i in case of strong acceleration, but also the note of the engine is muted. This 3.0-liter turbocharged, 335-horsepower is familiar in the BMW range elsewhere and works on both the X5 and other Bimmers. The eight ZF automatic transmission is fast and the engine is so sweet, satisfying and powerful throughout the range of twists of the V8 twin xDrive50i 456 horses, we were not, it seems exaggerated. The xDrive designations have to say that the traction is standard, even if a RWD pricing model is probably added to the later range with diesel and hybrid rechargeable versions.
The full six-cylinder X5 cargo has resulted in a price tag of over $ 80,000, which counted one of BMW’s most beautiful interior in recent memory. While sitting upright, all of the previous X5 is still in effect, the dashboard is an exhilarating rest of the tradition. The molded buttons, the updated air conditioning buttons and the luminous ornaments bring more buttons than we find in the strict and professional cabins of BMW. optional finishes, such as wrapped leather glass orders and instrument panel wood with open pores, placing things at a level that corresponds almost to the interior of the Volvo XC90. The instrument panel of the X5 is completely digital and the 12.3-inch center screen display offers new software in clear, clear graphics and easy-to-understand menu structure accessed through the iDrive family controller.
KNOWING ITS PLACE
The outer cavity offer more space inside, but unlike some competitors, the X5 does not pretend to be a family of seven passengers. The next X7, which will have three rows of seats, will cover this base. The third row X5 is optional, and although the second row is still very accommodating, the sixth and seventh place seems to be, as before, for children. Other advantages include practical motorized carrier option and the rear door in two parts of the X5 family, the lower part is now provided as the top.
With its many mechanical and technological improvements, the new X5 has convinced even the most intrepid of its superiority compared to the X5 that preceded it. As an SUV, you will not get the kind of class that followed the G05 code of the Bavarian legends, but it is the most successful BMW SUV to date, and it brings its many hats with ease.