2007 BMW X5 Review

2007 BMW X5 Review The X5 is a mid-size luxury SUV that first appeared in 2000. A product of BMW’s buyout of Rover, the X5 incorporates Range Rover technology into a distinctive BMW design. It was refreshed in 2004 with improved engines, taillights, and four-wheel drive. In 2005, the X5 received standard Bluetooth connectivity. It was voted Australia’s “Best Luxury Four Wheel Drive” in 2001 and 2002.


The BuyingAdvice Team Says:

If you need a large SUV and want a BMW, then the BMW X5 is made just for you. But, you could do a lot better. The X5 is a terrible value in its class, and the first generation’s plethora of problems leaves us with some serious anxiety. It’s a shame too, since BMW proved it could make a fine SUV with the BMW X3.


What’s New For 2007:

The 2007 X5 is all-new. It is larger overall, and now able to seat up to seven. Two new engines, a 225-hp V6 and a 350-hp V8 each ride on top of a new multi-link suspension. Other new features include a six-speed transmission, active steering, and an automatic tailgate.



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What is the Predicted Reliability:

J.D. Power gives the X5 2 stars for overall mechanical and design quality. Problems that affected the first generation include steering problems, inaccurate fuel gauges, transmission leaks, water leaks, and vehicle noise. It was recalled a staggering 18 times. Expect below average reliability. The basic warranty lasts four years or 50,000 miles.


Analysis Of Safety Ratings And Features:

Government crash test ratings are unavailable. The IIHS gives the X5 a “Good” rating for frontal tests. Anti-lock brakes, full side head airbags, a rollover sensor, and stability control come standard. Parking sensors are optional.


Pros and Cons:

Pros
+ Drives like a BMW
+ Sleek exterior
+ It’s a BMW

Cons
- Tiny third row
- Absurd number of recalls
- Terrible value


Head-To-Head Competition:

You can buy an Acura MDX for the same price with a larger engine, navigation, DVD player, CD changer, leather seats, a third row, and 40 more hp. Or an Audi Q7 with a larger engine, DVD player, CD changer, and leather seats. Or for $500 more, a Volvo XC90 with a larger V8, CD changer, leather seats, a third row, more payload capacity, a moonroof, and 50 more hp.


What Others Are Saying:

“BMW revamps its trendsetting midsize SUV and leaves the styling virtually the same as before.”Forbes

“The 2007 BMW X5 isn’t a radical departure from the outgoing model; it promises to keep the best of the 2006 model while bringing the mechanical bits, comfort features and, yes, the styling, into accordance with the rest of the BMW lineup.”Car and Driver

“For those who love the feel and drive of a BMW, not to mention those who don’t need a third row or a sport/ute capable of crawling over rocks, the new X5 is surely worth the premium.”Motor Trend


Read more about the 2007 BMW X5 at the BMW manufacturer web site.


Published on Saturday, June 23, 2007 - Copyright 2014 BuyingAdvice.com, INC. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten, or redistributed.


 

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