First test drive reviews of the 2014 BMW X5 are in. BMWBLOG will have its own X5 review in the upcoming days but for now let’s take a look at the review by Autocar.
The newly available rear-wheel drive 2014 X5 sDrive35i will start at $53,725 and the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i is priced at $56,025. The 2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d price is $57,525 and the 2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i will start at $69,125. All prices include $925 destination and handling.
Here is an excerpt from the review of the BMW X5 xDrive30d:
What is it like?
Muller’s toughest mission was tackling criticisms of the outgoing model’s ride, refinement and aura of quality, without adding heft.
He’s done well, with reductions to the bulkhead, glasshouse and wheel-well noise transmission improving refinement by a useful 2.5dB, while new seats have reduced vibration, and the subtly softened suspension smothers sharp bumps more effectively.
Steering feel changes noticeably, too, for being electrically rather than hydraulically assisted to save fuel, as does the drag coefficient which drops from 0.34 to 0.31.
More obvious, though, is the classier cabin. Its subtly curving decor, superior materials and adjustable mood lighting enhance an architecture that’s still familiar; and improved rear space, a bigger boot and the third-row option, now split 40:20:40, complete the upgrade.
BMW’s efficient dynamics mission sees the xDrive30d motor gaining 13bhp and 15lb ft of torque while sprinting to 62mph 0.7sec faster despite streaming 33 fewer grams of CO2.
BMW X5 xDrive30d
Price £47,895; 0-62mph 6.9sec; Top speed 143mph; Economy 45.5mpg; CO2 164g/km; Kerb weight 2070kg; Engine 6cys in-line, 2993cc, turbocharged diesel; Installation Front, longitudinal, 4wd; Power 254bhp at 4000rpm; Torque 413lb ft at 1500rpm; Gearbox 8-speed automatic