2001 BMW X5

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2001 BMW X5 Review

BMW style and power in an SUV.

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The 2001 BMW X5 classifies as a luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) with performance and styling that rivals several sedans and coupes. While it does not serve as a traditional SUV, it has a number of features that offer something for everyone.

Beginning production in 1999, the BMW X5 represents BMW’s first SUV. The 2001 BMW X5 embodies the true nature of the original X5 with sensibility (in the case of safety features) as well as indulgence (with many comfort and style features). With the X5, BMW breaks into the luxury market with a bang.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.0-liter six-cylinder, 4.4-liter eight-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: BMW X5 SUV

What's New

The 2001 BMW X5 features a number of new additions that set it apart from the original 1999 version. The first noticeable addition to the X5 line comes in the form of the three-liter, inline six-cylinder engine that increases power but also increases fuel efficiency. All versions of the 2001 BMW X5 also come with a self-leveling rear suspension and sunshades for the rear doors. BMW also offers 16-way power front seats, heated rear seats, and a sport steering wheel with the sport package.


The outside of the 2001 BMW X5 has a similar styling to other sedans and coupes produced by the German automaker. The measurements of the X5 (183.7 inches long by 73.7 inches wide by 67.5 inches high) give it a commanding profile and ground presence. Some exterior features include variable intermittent wipers, 17-inch alloy wheels, a roof rack, one-touch power windows, and a rear defogger. The 2001 BMW X5 also comes with cargo tie downs and a 5000-pound towing capacity.


The interior of the 2001 X5 comes loaded with features. Providing 39.9 inches of front headroom and 39.3 inches of front legroom, the cockpit provides more than enough room for even the tallest driver or passenger. Some of the features include air-conditioning, cruise control, a front console, audio controls on the steering wheel, variable power steering (for optimized high-speed driving), and a built-in universal remote transmitter.

Performance & Handling

The X5 serves as a BMW sports car in an SUV body. To control the power from the engine, a shift-capable automatic transmission comes in all sub-models. To maximize torque, both the three-liter inline six-cylinder and the 4.4-liter, inline eight-cylinder engines offer all-wheel drive and provide 214 lb-ft of torque and 324 lb-ft of torque, respectively. The horsepower in both engines feels solid, with 225 for the thee-liter inline six-cylinder and 282 for the 4.4-liter, inline eight-cylinder. With both engine options having a double overhead cam, either version of the 2001 BMW X5 operates as efficiently as possible.

The four-wheel independent suspension and available all-wheel drive mark the two most prominent handling features available with the 2001 X5.


The BMW X5 represents one of the safest SUVs on the road. It includes safety features, such as four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), front head airbags, front side-mounted airbags, emergency braking assist, stability and traction control, and electronic brake force distribution. These features combine to give the X5 great crash test ratings. In fact, the IIHS rates the 2001 BMW X5 as ?good? in each of its seven test categories.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW X5 six-cylinder: 14/19 mpg city/highway
BMW X5 eight-cylinder: 12/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Plenty of safety features
  • Commendable towing capabilities
  • Roomy

You Won't Like

  • Lacks mentionable off-road features.

Sum Up

BMW style and power in an SUV.

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