A long, long time ago BMW said that a 2WD BMW X5 wouldn’t make sense to make. This is the reason why we never saw an E53 X5 M.
It was originally meant to be a rear-wheel-drive V12 monster and would have rocked the world, just like previous mental M cars during that time. 10+ years later and BMW are now bringing to Australia a two-wheel drive entry model called the BMW X5 sDrive25d.
New Models Specification
In addition to that model, they are also expanding the currently limited line up with a X5 xDrive25d, X5 xDrive35i and X5 xDrive40d to join the X5 xDrive30d, X5 xDrive 50i and X5 M50d.
The reason why BMW has brought the two-wheel-drive X5 sDrive25d is simply to lower the entry price for customers to get into the popular X5 SUV. Both the X5 sDrive25d and the X5 xDrive25d will also feature the first four-cylinder in a BMW X5.
So does this mean BMW has reduced its flagship and aspirational X5 to a car that just anyone can afford? Well, it feels like BMW didn’t have a choice. They have customers who find the X3 too small, but can’t quite afford the X5 price point. Would you turn customers away to simply not go back on your word? It wouldn’t make sense for a company like BMW to do that. So here we go.
The new four-cylinder diesel engine uses two turbocharges that output a very respectable 160kW and 450Nm of torque. Helping to translate that power is BMW’s eight-speed automatic gearbox. The fuel economy for the large SUV is just 5.8litres per 100km for the X5 sDrive25d and 6.0litres per 100km for the X5 xDrive25d.
BMW’s X5 xDrive35i uses the well awarded BMW TwinPower turbo in-line six cylinder petrol engine outputting 225kW and 400Nm of torque that was available in the previous generation equivalent. For the new generation however, there are some improvements across the board including a better 0-100km/h time (6.5 seconds, 0.3 faster than before), better fuel economy of 8.5 litres per 100km (1.6 litres per 100km better).
In the BMW X5 xDrive40d, it has increased its power output and saved a heap when it comes to fuel economy. The power is up 5kW to 230kW and torque is up by 30Nm to 630Nm. This means that sprint is 0.7seconds faster than better and now has cracked the 6 second barrier with a 5.9 second time. As for fuel, all this performance will only cost you 6.2litres per 100km – 1.3litres per 100km better than before.
When it comes to standard features, both the BMW X5 sDrive25d and xDrive25d will better the previous X5 30d.
18-inch double spoke alloy wheels are standard, and the Design Pure Experience package is now included as a no-cost option. This features the BMW Individual exterior line, roof rails and silver matt finishers for the front air intakes, exhaust tips, and more.
If you want, you can also swap that package for the Pure Excellence package that swaps those trim pieces for high-gloss chrome or high-gloss black.
Thankfully, the entry model doesn’t skimp on safety features with everything included such as airbags, stability control systems, and the active protection package which watches you drive and tells you when you need a break. Being a 2WD SUV, the sDrive25d doesn’t come with the Hill Descent Control.
Plus, previously hugely expensive items, Bi-Xenon headlights, LED front fog lights, front and rear Park Distance Control, rear view camera, rain sensor and automatic headlights are standard. This is excellent to see at last.
In the BMW X5 xDrive35i and the xDrive40d, you have the same standard features but with bigger 19-inch star spoke alloy wheels, BMW Individual leather instrument panel, Comfort Access System (keyless entry), front sports seats, and a 16 speaker harmon/kardon surround sound system.
As for safety/driving aides, you also pick up Parking Assistant, Surround view, Driving Assistant with lane departure, forward collision and pedestrian warning systems, Head-up display, adaptive Bi-Xenon headlights, high beam assist and anti-dazzle function for all rear view mirrors.
|BMW X5 sDrive25d||$82,900|
|BMW X5 xDrive25d||$87,900|
|BMW X5 xDrive30d||$99,900|
|BMW X5 xDrive35i||$106,900|
|BMW X5 xDrive40d||$115,900|
|BMW X5 xDrive50i||$133,900|
|BMW X5 M50d||$147,900|
These new models are available now in showrooms, and it is highly recommended that you go and check one out for yourself.