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2005 BMW X5

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2005 BMW X5 Review

Utilitarian style with plenty of driving potential and little practicality.

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Overview

While the 2005 BMW X5 looks rather stark and utilitarian, this midsize SUV has a lot going for it. It offers plenty of amenities in the cabin, as well as plenty of safety features. With so many choices available in terms of drivetrains and trim levels, this vehicle surely meets the needs and tastes of a wide number of SUV lovers. The X5 may not offer the best fuel usage in its class, but many feel the premium handling and smooth ride more than make up for this. Many note that the X5 drives more like a sedan than a SUV. Overall, the X5 makes a good choice for those who don’t need a lot of cargo space but still want a SUV.

The Range

Body Styles: midsize SUV
Engines: 3.0-liter six-cylinder, 4.4-liter V-8, 4.8-liter V-8
Transmissions: six-speed manual, six-speed automatic
Models: BMW X5 3.0i, BMW X5 4.4i, BMW X5 4.8is

What's New

BMW makes several changes for the 2005 model year of the BMW X5. On all models, automatic climate control and lumbar support become standard. A high gloss dark wood trim comes standard on the 3.0i model, while the dark trim gets replaced with a light wood trim on the 4.4i. The 4.4i model also receives a park distance control with an optional, automatic dimming rear-view mirror which includes a digital compass.

Exterior

The 2005 BMW X5 serves as an attractive midsize SUV with plenty of good looks and character. This SUV offers the classic look well known to BMW with its rounded grille and front end. This model also features small, dual headlights on each side and slightly scooped sides. The curvy, bubbled back end houses the entrance to the vehicle’s cargo area.

Interior

The inside of the 2005 BMW X5 intends to offer occupants as much comfort and convenience as possible. The front bucket seats feel comfortable with plenty of head and legroom, while the back seat provides sufficient support as well. The front console provides ideal storage and cup holders, in addition to door pockets found in the front and rear of the cabin. This SUV features wood trim accents throughout the cabin for a classic, elegant look. The leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob look attractive as well. From the front of the X5, the driver can control the air-conditioning, interior air filter, and cruise control options. The locks, windows, and doors are power accessories and can be controlled from the cabin or with the remote device.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 BMW X5 contains either a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine or a 4.4-liter or 4.8-liter V-8. These engines pair with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The inline six-cylinder engine produces 225 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque. Drivers should expect more power from the larger V-8 motors. The 4.4-liter offers 315 hp and 324 lb-ft of torque, while the larger 4.8-liter provides 355 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. From these drivetrains, one can expect precision and smooth, comfortable handling and rides. During test drives, many drivers mention that the X5 drives more like one of BMW’s sedans than an SUV.

Safety

Safety features remain an important part of any vehicle and the 2005 BMW X5 offers plenty of them. With this SUV consumers get front and rear head airbags, dual front side airbags, and four-wheel anti-lock brakes standard. These vehicles also come equipped with rear door child safety locks, stability and traction control, and a post collision safety system. To further ensure the safety of drivers and passengers, the X5 also employs front and rear adjustable headrests to help prevent whiplash. Also, in the event of an accident, the airbag in the front passenger seat can sense an occupant’s presence before deploying.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW X5 3.0-liter six-cylinder: 13/20 mpg city/highway
BMW X5 4.4-liter V-8: 14/20 mpg city/highway
BMW X5 4.8-liter V-8: 14/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Excellent safety scores
  • Very nice interior furnishings
  • Lots of drivetrain choices
  • Drives and handles like a BMW sedan

You Won't Like

  • Not the best fuel economy
  • Limited cargo space

Sum Up

Utilitarian style with plenty of driving potential and little practicality.

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