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2013 BMW X5 M SUV

2013 BMW X5 Review

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

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New For 2013
The biggest news in X5 land for 2013 is the addition of the M Performance Package, available on the xDrive35i and the xDrive50i. It bumps up the output of both engines slightly and adds black chrome exhaust tips and stainless steel pedals.
Overview
The BMW X5 was arguably the first sporty SUV, and it hasn’t strayed from its successful formula. The 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. 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, and the rocket-ship X5 M in 4.5 seconds. By comparison, the diesel’s 6.9-second time sounds less impressive, 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.

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2013 M SUV Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 4.4L V 8 DOHC with Double-VANOS variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 12 MPG city, 17 MPG highway, 14 MPG combined and 314 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
22.4gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 555 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 500 ft lb of torque @ 1,500 rpm

'13 BMW M SUV Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  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 Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Trunk Pulldown
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
  Interior  
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Cargo Cover
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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 Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Headlight Wiper/Washers
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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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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
  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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iPod Connector
  Suspension  
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Self-Leveling Suspension
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Sport Suspension
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
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GPS/Satellite Communication
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Homelink Universal Transmitter
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Navigation System
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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