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2013 BMW X5 Review

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Most people expect a great deal from BMW every model year, and the company doesn’t disappoint with its 2013 X5. The popular crossover SUV has been a bit of an overhaul for the year and offers some improvements to its appearance as well as increased horsepower (hp) on every available powertrain. Easy to drive and with plenty of features, the X5 may be among the top runners if you are looking for a new luxury SUV.

New For 2013

BMW decided to make a few changes to the X5 for the 2013 model year. You can expect to see:

  • A new M Performance package
  • An additional 15 hp on the xDrive35i
  • 40 hp increase on the xDrive50i
  • Both receive 40 lb-ft of torque above last year’s model
  • Assorted design improvements to the body style


Leave it to BMW to come with what should be essentially a utilitarian family vehicle and transform it into a luxury work of art. The German car maker has come pretty close with the 2013 X5. With its various cosmetic changes, in addition to its already stellar appearance, the X5 gives new meaning to SUV crossover in the luxury class. This model is available in five trim levels. The base models ride around on 18 inch wheels, are equipped with running lights, and have automatic wipers. The upgraded trim levels add the attraction of a sunroof and privacy glass.

Overall, the appearance of the 2013 BMW X5 is reminiscent of the company’s luxury sedans with its broad nose and distinctive two-paneled grille and teardrop headlights. The bumper color is painted to match the body paint job, giving the vehicle a cohesive look. The sides are sculpted elegantly and end in a wide rear.

Interior & Cargo

The interior of the 2013 BMW X5 is sparsely elegant. The cabin doesn’t have a lot of curves and cluttered gadgets to get in the way of the overall design. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have all of the necessary bells and whistles to control a state of the art crossover. The front seats are supportive and comfortable, with several points of adjustment offered to ensure each passenger is riding well. The X5 is designed to hold five passengers with the option of a third row. It should be noted the third row option offers little in the way of space and is cramped. It really is only a viable seating option for children. This model offers 75 cubic feet of storage space when both rows are folded down.


The good news when it comes to safety with the 2013 BMW X5 is the vehicle’s safety rating. This crossover SUV was given the highest rating of “good” from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety and the braking system tested well too.

Obviously, BMW made every effort to ensure this vehicle was well suited to protecting drivers and passengers. Every model of the X5 is equipped with stability and traction control as well as automatic brake drying and anti-lock brakes. The X5 also comes with front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and uniquely designed adaptive brake lights. To complete the standard safety package, BMW also adds its assist emergency communications system. This system offers on demand roadside assistance, stolen vehicle recovery, and automatic crash notification in one convenient system.

Driving Experience

The X5 for this model year is available in five different trim level options. These options offer three engine choices. For the xDrive35i editions, the X5 is equipped with 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission standard. The engine is capable of 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy comes in at 16/23 mpg city/highway.

Moving up the trim level ladder, the xDrive50i is offered with a 4.4-liter, V-8 engine also offered with the eight-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain puts out 400 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. Naturally, the fuel economy isn’t quite as good as the six-cylinder engine at 14/20 mpg city/highway.

The xDrive35d is unique to the powertrain lineup as the only diesel engine available. It is a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain is reported to offer 265 hp and 425 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy comes in at 16/26 mpg city/highway.

Driving the 2013 BMW X5 certainly has its benefits. This crossover SUV is made to be driven. There is no denying other SUV options can offer more in the way of off-road capabilities and heavy duty function, but you would be hard pressed to find a more capable SUV for the highways and byways.

Key Competitors For The 2013 BMW X5

  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Mercedes-Benz GL Class

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