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2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i SUV

2012 BMW X5 Review

(0 Stars)  The original sporty SUV and still a good one.

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Overview
The BMW X5 was arguably the first sporty SUV, and it has not strayed from its original, and highly successful, formula. The X5 lineup has grown over the years and now encompasses four engines, all turbocharged: a six, two V-8s, and a diesel. The six-cylinder xDrive35i comes in three trim levels. The V-8 xDrive50i, the diesel xDrive35d, and the X5 M are all single models. In all cases, xDrive is BMW's designation for four-wheel drive, which is standard. Don't think you have to move up from the 35i to get a quick X5. The 35i gets to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds, the 50i does it in 5.3 seconds, and the rocket-ship X5 M zooms to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. The diesel's 6.9-second time sounds less impressive by comparison, but its prodigious torque makes it very responsive once under way. It also gets an impressive 19/26 mpg, far better than the next-best version, the 35i, at 16/23. All X5 models get around corners faster than you'd expect given their height and weight. The all-wheel-drive system sends a majority of the engine's torque to the rear wheels for sportier handling. Active roll stabilization (for flatter cornering) and adaptive electronic damping control (to adjust the damper firmness) are available for the top-spec 35i and the 50i and are standard on the X5 M, which also comes with dynamic performance control to maximize responsiveness. Of course, the M has a firmer suspension; a lower ride height; and massive, twenty-inch wheels. Like most BMWs, the X5 offers a long list of options, but if you regularly carry a passel of kids, be sure to opt for the third-row seats.

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2012 xDrive35i SUV Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 3.0L in-line six-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 16 MPG city, 23 MPG highway, 19 MPG combined and 428 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
22.5gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 300 hp @ 5,800 rpm; 300 ft lb of torque @ 1,200 rpm

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'12 BMW xDrive35i SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Trunk Pulldown
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Memory
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Moonroof
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Panorama roof
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Privacy Glass
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Rear Spoiler
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Roof Rail
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Auto Day/Night Mirror
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Auto Dimming Mirrors
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Auto Tilt Down Mirrors
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Heated Wiper/Washers
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HID Headlights
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Hill Decent Control
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Memory Mirrors
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Parking Distance Control
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Heated Front Seats
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Leather Seats
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
  Trucks and Towing  
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Trailer Harness
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