The third-generation BMW X5 is empowered by this xDrive50i edition for 2014. While the new appearance is notable, it is the latest technologies and fuel efficiencies that are the true benefit in the next edition. With a 2-mpg gain in highway fuel efficiency, a lighter overall weight and some aerodynamic redesign, this driving machine is a “sports activity vehicle” to check out.
The 50i is equipped with a 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V-8 that achieves 445 horsepower and a 0-60 mph in less than five seconds. Weighing less than 5,000 pounds, the X5 50i is more about speed and performance than the lesser models. The intelligent all-wheel drive, BMWs xDrive, is designed to optimize handling and fuel efficiencies. Also aimed at improving fuel efficiency, the 8-speed transmission provides for a more efficient shifting sequence that evolves to seamless performance, resulting in a controlled and comfortable drive.
Not all are pleased with the new look of the X5. The redesign was with purpose (a more aerodynamic body), which some feel has “dumbed down” the look. A larger, “meaner-looking” grill and more curves running down each side result in a more wedge-shaped profile. The stance is still tough-looking, and, while some of the newer features appear to be dated, they are all about improving the overall performance of this vehicle.
With BMW, luxury is job one. The interior boasts an impressively large 10.5-inch display that is the center of this interior space. Dakota Leather upholstery and luxury appointments that are expected of BMW make comfort and convenience a priority. The Harman Kardon surround-sound system is second to none and the touch screen iDrive navigation and an advanced online system are sure to be in the forefront of technology for years. Communications systems include BlueTooth technology and data capture that will keep mechanical and maintenance records and alerts, ensuring timely service.
BMW X5 xDrive50i
- City MPG 14
- Hwy MPG 22
- 0-60 MPH 4.9 sec
- Transmission 8-speed automatic
- MSRP $68,200