X5 gets new engines and styling to rival the forthcoming Porsche Cayenne
2 March 2010

BMW has given the X5 a mid-life facelift shortly before the model faces increased competition from the new VW Touareg and Porsche Cayenne, which will be revealed within three weeks.

The exterior changes are low-key; there’s a new front bumper with larger air ducts to cool the engine, altered headlamps and tail-lights, and a deeper rear bumper.

See the official BMW X5 pics

Inside, the X5 receives new trim, the latest iDrive and with a wider range of options, including park assistance systems.

But while the styling changes are subtle, BMW has done much to improve the performance and economy. So the X5 gets the latest engines and an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.

Of most interest to the UK will be the xDrive30d, with 245bhp and 398lb ft. BMW says the fuel consumption has been improved by 3.3mpg at 38.2mpg, and CO2 emissions are 195g/km.

Further up the range, the xDrive35d has been replaced by the xDrive40d, again with more power, torque and improved consumption.

The entry-level sDrive30i has been dropped, in light of the new, more upmarket X3 that will be launched in October.

The entry-level model is now the xDrive35i, while the range-topper gets the twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8, replacing the naturally aspirated 4.8.

Unusually, this engine is actually less efficient than the one it replaces; C02 emissions are up by 6g/km.

Greg Kable

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6 February 2010

The X5 is the one BMW I actually like. I think it looks quite nice - the rest all look the same.

Although I preferred the fog lamps on the old one. They looked better toward the edge of the bumper rather than toward the middle (sort of Ford S-Max style).

The 4.0d sounds nice :) I wonder what the specs on that are?

7 February 2010

It kinda makes it look more like X6... Which is in no way a good thing. However, the changes are barely noticeable so it's not that bad. Still among the prettiest SUVs (not that that is much of an achievement considering how the rest of them look like).

7 February 2010

They look quite good on the road, they have alot of road presense but thats down to its sheer size and plush cabins. The pics of the X5 always look so heavy- a big doorstopper of a thing. Id prefer an xdrive 5 Series Estate. Hope they plan on making the new 5er AWD models available in rhd

7 February 2010

When I saw the Autocar headline 'new BMW X5' I thought it really was new and not a facelift. Jeez have I lowered my expectations that much when it come's to styling a 'new' car.

7 February 2010

[quote fhp11]

The 4.0d sounds nice :) I wonder what the specs on that are?

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If I remember frkm the 740d, 302HP and 443 LP FT of Torque.

DKW

7 February 2010

I'm not joking, when I glimpsed this out the corner of my eye I thought it was some boring old VW Golf. I actually rate the X5 (and the Golf for that matter), but judging by the cars that are offered these days, the Financial Depresion is clearly psychological as well.

Just look at the range of so-called 'colours' that are offered by car manufacturers now - grey, silver, grey, black, off-white, grey, grey-green, silver-grey, dark grey, blue-grey, silver-blue, and, the old happy favourite, grey. Ever get the impression that people aren't feeling that joyful?

Dear BMW, (and pretty much every other manufacturer apart from Maserati), as you seem to have forgoten, here is a reminder of what colour means:

Hats off to Maserati for still being alive. Also, surprise credit goes to Lexus for their LF-A - the interior is a milestone, as it is the first really good Japanese interior, and better than Porsche (or anything else from Germany).

http://www.lexus-lfa.com/configurator_v2/Configurator_v2_en.html

Does anyone know any other major manufacturers that aren't in need of Prozac?

7 February 2010

Oh dear, oh dear, more design/styling by Xerox..................

Does anybody know the German for "Vive la difference!"

R32

7 February 2010

The design gurus at BMW have excelled themselves: it looks more vile and repugnant than the previous model. Good work chaps.

7 February 2010

[quote DKW]Just look at the range of so-called 'colours' that are offered by car manufacturers now - grey, silver, grey, black, off-white, grey, grey-green, silver-grey, dark grey, blue-grey, silver-blue, and, the old happy favourite, grey. Ever get the impression that people aren't feeling that joyful?[/quote]

They used to say that in a recession people would buy brighter coloured cars (maybe to cheer themselves up), whilst when things were going well and people were more contented they went for the more subdued shades. Don't know if this still holds true though.

I've been looking into getting a new Golf, but the colour choice is SO dull, just greys, shades of grey, silvers or black. Even the metallic red is a toned down shade. The salesman just shrugged and said "well its a Volkswagen"

7 February 2010

Metrosexuals of the world unite!

Awful.

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