The 2006 BMW X5 continues the X5 model line. Since the introduction of the X5, BMW has made big strides to meet the ever increasing public demand for luxury SUVs. Fulfilling shoppers’ expectations has been accomplished with the secure environment, rear climate control, 10 airbags for safety, all-wheel drive, DVD-based navigation system, and many more qualities.
The safety features alone seem quite impressive with the active advanced safety technology and so many airbags installed. It is highly maneuverable with its short overhangs, precisely tuned chassis, and compact size that measures shorter than most vehicles in the segment. The X5 also has most of the classic BMW styling features like the L-shaped taillights, quad headlights, and double kidney-shaped grille. Pretty style couples with a premium V-8 option, making the luxury SUV a top-of-the-line choice for most activities and purposes. The only slight downside remains the lack of cargo space for hauling bigger items for things such as home improvement projects. However, if you don’t need to haul much cargo, the 2006 BMW X5 could be the perfect choice among luxury SUVs on the market today.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.0-liter six-cylinder, 4.4-liter V-8, 4.8-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic, six-speed automatic, six-speed manual
Models: BMW X5 3.0i, BMW X5 4.4i, BMW X5 4.8is
The BMW X5 SUV shows no important changes for the 2006 model year.
The five-passenger 2006 BMW X5 midsize SUV offers three models to choose from: the 3.0i, 4.4i, and upper-level 4.8is. The standard exterior 3.0i features include 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear defogger, and intermittent wipers. The 4.4i adds alloy 18-inch wheels, and the 4.8is has the alloy 20-inch wheels and a panoramic moonroof. Options include automatic HID headlights, sport suspension, rain-sensing wipers, a moonroof, larger wheels, and multiple exterior body paint colors.
Standard interior features include automatic climate control, one-touch windows, wood trim, a power driver’s seat, power-operated reclining and folding seats, and a CD player. Upgrading to the 4.4i gets the owner park distance control, leather upholstery, and front passenger power seating.
The 2006 BMW X5 4.8is comes with heated seats for both front and rear, as well as an in-dash AM/FM stereo with single CD player. This upper-level trim includes 12 total speakers and two subwoofers for supreme entertainment. The navigation DVD-based system can optionally be added, as well.
The cabin looks nicely equipped with wood or leather trim and upholstery that gives a feel of elegance. Seating capacity totals five passengers, but the cargo room only offers about 69 cubic feet of space, so hauling can prove challenging.
Performance & Handling
The 2006 BMW X5 uses standard all-wheel drive on all models with various engine options. The 3.0i model contains a three-liter, inline-six engine that makes 225 horsepower and comes with a manual six-speed transmission standard. An optional automatic five-speed remains available. This engine choice proves more than adequate in vigor, but for those drivers who want more power, the 4.4i and 4.8is improve this. The 4.4i model comes with a 4.4-liter V-8, good for 315 hp, and the 4.8is has a 4.8-liter V-8 that produces 355 hp. Both of these models come with the standard automatic six-speed transmission. The fuel economy rates about average for the segment getting about 20 mpg during highway travel.
When it comes to handling, the 2006 BMW X5 feels agile and fast with limited ground clearance, which means that the SUV better suits suburb driving than off-roading.
Each 2006 BMW X5 model has standard features that include brake control, stability control, Hill Descent Control, side airbags in the front, brake lights set to activate in panic stops, and protective head airbags for rear and front passengers. In government impact tests, the BMW X5 SUV earns a faultless score of five stars for passenger and driver protection in frontal crashes. In side crash tests the SUV earns four stars for front and five for rear passenger protection. The X5 gets a rating of ""good"" in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety offset front impact test.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW X5 3.0i: 13/20 mpg city/highway
BMW X5 4.4i: 14/20 mpg city/highway
BMW X5 4.8is: 14/20 mpg city/highway
- Drives and rides like a BMW sedan
- Elegant interior furnishings
- Several drivetrain selections
- Best safety scores
You Won't Like
- Front and rear seating only
- Average cargo space
- Expensive option packages
- Mediocre fuel economy
A look of utility but doesn’t drive especially utilitarian.
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