- Completely redesigned for 2014
- New sleek exterior styling, in-cabin technology
- New diesel model (xDrive35d)
Getting a complete redesign for 2014 is the BMW X5 luxury SUV, which gets new styling, interior upgrades, and some powertrain additions/changes for the new model year.
The X5 was the first SUV ever made by BMW and it debuted in 1999 with a look that’s pretty similar to what you see today. The latest X5 is sleeker and more modern in appearance but still has a familiar profile and of course, that kidney grille up front. Speaking of profile, that’s our favorite way to view the new X5, where a subtle rear spoiler and the long hood are easily seen. Up front, the grille is flanked by enlarged headlight clusters that house u-shaped LED daytime running lights as well. The rear is likewise dominated by its lights, LED taillights that pinch down when they reach the liftgate.
There are four trim levels sDrive35i, xDrive35i, xDrive50i, and xDrive35d. The sDrive models are rear-wheel drive, while xDrive models get all-wheel drive for better traction. There are three engine choices; the first one is shared by the sDrive35i and xDrive35i, a 300-hp, twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder that makes 300 pounds-feet of torque. Next is a 445-hp, twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 that produces 480 pounds-feet of torque which powers the xDrive50i. Rounding things out is the efficient xDrive35d which gets a 255-hp, 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbodiesel which makes 413 pounds-feet of torque. All come with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission.
Interior updates mostly consist of upgrades on the technology front. The center console now houses a giant, 10.25-inch LCD screen which houses the controls for the climate control, iDrive, audio, and other technology systems. Below rests redundant physical controls for some of the same functions, such as the automatic climate control. Seating capacity is five, but expands to seven with an optional third row. Standard features include Bluetooth connectivity, the iDrive infotainment system, powered/heated front seats, 40/20/40-split folding second row, wood trim, navigation, and HD radio. For those who want extra sound, a 600-watt Harmon Kardon surround sound system is optional, as are a rear-seat entertainment system, satellite radio, and four-zone automatic climate control.
BMW also offers a long list of safety technology on the 2014 X5, including a surround view camera system that displays a top down view of the X5’s surroundings, active collision warning, lane departure warning, active cruise control, night vision, and anti-dazzle high beam assist.