The 2008 BMW X5 shows a significant upgrade from the X3 model. It provides a fun drive and enough space to carry everyone or everything that you need. In the redesign of the vehicle its cargo increases, and it offers optional third-row seats for squeezing in a few extra people (though they must squeeze since the third row does not offer nearly as space as the other rows).
All of the optional gadgets on the X5 make this a luxurious vehicle to drive or ride in, and the different packages, like the Sport Package with BMW Active Steering and 20-inch performance wheels, allow for an extra degree of customization.
Body Styles: midsize SUV
Engines: 3.0-liter six-cylinder, 4.8-liter V-8 engine
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: BMW X5 3.0si, BMW X5 4.8i
BMW only makes minor changes to the 2008 X5. The sunroof comes standard on the 2008 model, and it offers a power tailgate option.
The 2008 X5 classifies as a midsize luxury SUV, which measures larger than the BMW X3. The 2008 BMW X5 definitely has an aesthetic appeal normally absent from SUVs. It features a more aerodynamic cut and a low feel that gives it a sleek look and a latent sense of power. This sense comes to life when the driver actually gets behind the wheel and experiences it on the road.
The X5 includes a roof rack and cargo tie-downs for luggage, or trailer wiring for hauling so the driver always feels prepared for a trip. The self-leveling, xenon, high-intensity discharge headlamps ensure visibility. The remotely operated, power glass sunroof comes standard in all X5 models, and it affords the driver an excellent view.
The cabin of the car matches the exterior, depending on which color scheme the buyer chooses for the leather seats. The dashboard uses a wood and alloy decor and manages a simple look, while at the same time leaving plenty of controls easily accessible from the driver’s position. While many get confused by the vehicle’s iDrive computer system, after a bit of getting used to the directional knob and compass point computer screen become natural to navigate.
For the tech savvy drivers, BMW’s iDrive computer console sits in the dashboard. The computer includes four main categories for functionality: communication, navigation (optional GPS, map data, and trip information), entertainment (for radio, CDs, or MP3 input; making good use of the 12 speakers with two sub-woofers), and climate control (which provides a digital version of the normal climate control knobs on the dashboard).
With extended cabin heating and dual-zone climate controls, the 2008 BMW X5 keeps everyone comfortable. It provides ample legroom and shoulder room. For those who share their car, an onboard feature memorizes the audio, climate, and steering wheel settings for up to three drivers.
Performance & Handling
The model names of the X5 describe the engines. The 3.0si contains a three-liter, inline six-cylinder engine, and the 4.8i employs a 4.8-liter V-8. While BMW doesn’t offer a manual transmission option, both models make use of a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
The 4.8i model accelerates from zero to 60 mph in seven seconds. The X5 also handles like a dream on twisty country roads thanks to its double-pivot front and multilink rear suspensions.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the 2008 BMW X5 its highest score of ?good? for both the frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests. This results from the front and rear head airbags and the dual front side-mounted airbags that come standard in the vehicle. It also includes standard anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, brake drying and standby features, and a rollover sensor.
Some of the optional safety features include the rear-view back-up camera and the front or rear parking sensors.
EPA Fuel Economy
BMW X5 3.0si: 15/21 mpg city/highway
BMW X5 4.8i: 14/19 mpg city/highway
- Elegant design and luxurious feel
- Exquisite handling without sacrificing size
- A variety of options and extras
You Won't Like
- Tight optional third-row seating
- Cumbersome iDrive system
- Steep option pricing compared to competitors
A powerful and spacious SUV that handles and rides with grace.
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