X5bred to succeed
BMW’s updated X5 improves an SUV already at the top of its class, writes Paul Gover
IT’S important to make regular returns and re-runs with benchmark cars in Australian showrooms. So here we are with the 2010 update of the BMW X5, the car that’s been top of the prestige SUV pack since it landed in Australia. The latest tweaks are a mid-life overhaul, just like the VEII Commodore, and, just like the Holden hero, BMW has concentrated on efficiency. It’s also focused on keeping an edge over everything from the Audi Q5 to the Benz ML, the new Porsche Cayenne and the muchimproved Range Rover Sport.
Changes to the X5 include three new models — xDrive35i, X5 xDrive40d and flagship X5 xDrive50i — improved engines with more power torque, better fuel economy and more emphasis on the Sport package which has been popular with so many X5 buyers.
‘‘We have given the car the highest standard specification in the segment. Combined with its on-road performance, and a range of features that are not offered by our competitors, the BMW X5 looks set to continue its success story,’’ BMW Australia boss, Stavros Yallouridis, says.
THE starting price of $92,100 looks pretty good, but that’s for the basic 3-litre diesel and you can easily run the X5 up to $133,400 — bottom line for the new 50i Sport — or even more for the M-built model. And BMW options are always there to entice, with everything from Sport packs to third-row seats, all sorts of light choices, leather and wood, and on and on and on.
Maximising value in any BMW is about picking the right model and staying close to the standard specification.
Looking at some of its rivals, and concentrating on the mid-range 40d which looks to be the potential bestseller, the BMW lines up well