Imagine yourself driving down a bustling highway, complete with winding roads and debris pelting the vehicle throughout. While other vehicles might have started to slow down to carefully round corners and avoid succumbing to the debris on the highway, the BMW X5 keeps moving along without hesitation.
Though this might be more of an extreme circumstance, it should help prove what kind of power the BMW X5 can utilize despite the fact that it is a very large and heavy vehicle. The advertisements might not display this vehicle as one that is designed to traverse mountainous ranges or fording rivers, but it has that kind of construction and equipment built within; after all, what else could one expect from BMW?
Indeed, when it comes to having enough space for hauling the entire family, the BMW X5 may not necessarily make the best option. To provide an example, BMW produces the X3, which is only a little bit smaller and does not handle adult backseat passengers well. In addition, there are other competitors within this segment that offer more space. However, those looking for the overall value definitely do not want to pass up the chance to get a 2013 BMW X5 vehicle.
The 2013 BMW X5 comes in three trims: the xDrive35i, the xDrive50i, and the xDrive35d.
Underneath the hood of the xDrive35i models is a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 engine capable of delivering 300 pound-feet of torque and just as many horses. Adding the M Sport package increases the output to 330 pound-feet of torque and 315 horses. This engine and the 50i both come with all-wheel drive as standard and eight-speed automatic transmission as the standard transmission. In addition, this model is capable of going to 60 miles per hour from a standstill in just 6.4 seconds. The estimated fuel economy is 16 miles per gallon in the city, 23 miles per gallon on the highway and 19 miles per gallon when combined.
Underneath the hood of the xDrive50i is a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine capable of delivering a massive 450 pound-feet of torque and 400 horses while approaching 60 miles per hour in the span of 5.3 seconds. Equipping this model with the M Sport package increases the respective values to 480 pound-feet and 440 horses. The estimated fuel economy is 14/20/16.
Finally, underneath the hood of the xDrive35d is a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 engine capable of delivering 425 pound-feet of torque and 265 horses coupled with all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic as standard. Capable of reaching 60 in 7.2 seconds, the estimated fuel economy for this model is 16 miles per gallon in the city, 26 miles per gallon on the highway and 22 miles per gallon when combined.
On the Road
When it comes to midsize luxury crossovers, the 2013 BMW X5 is certainly among the best all around. Regardless of whether you need to traverse long highways or want to go off the road and climb the mountainous ranges, the X5 is a true champion. There may be some other competitors that provide more off-road abilities, but the X5 still shines better thanks to the legendary handling that BMW has come to be known for.
It is important to keep in mind, though, that the steering can be a little heavy when it comes to driving at very low speeds. However, it does work well in most other cases. In addition, the optional active steering is also well designed for a heavy vehicle like the X5, eliminating any minor issues with the steering.
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