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2013 BMW X5: Used Car Review

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The second-generation BMW X5 Sports Activity Vehicle is based on car-based mechanicals from the 5 Series luxury sport sedan, giving it serious fun-to-drive credibility. The model lineup includes the diesel-powered X5 xDrive35d, gas 6-cylinder X5 xDrive35i, gas V8-powered X5 xDrive50i and the performance-tuned V8-powered X5 M.

As if to distance itself from run-of-the-mill SUVs, BMW touts it as a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), so all 2013 BMW X5 models come with BMW's acclaimed xDrive all-wheel-drive system, which automatically and seamlessly apportions power to the wheels with the best traction. All X5s can be configured with either 5- or 7-passenger seating, keeping in mind that the optional third-row seat is sized for children. Opting for 7-passenger seating means losing the spare tire under the cargo floor, which then requires you to use expensive-to-replace run-flat tires.

What We Like

Sporty handling; upscale interior materials; precise-shifting 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic transmissions; split lift gate/tailgate; thrilling performance of X5 M; powerful brakes

What We Don't

Small third-row seats; no comfort setting for the suspension; overhead airbags for first two rows only; no blind spot or rear cross-traffic monitoring systems

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

When new, the least-expensive 2013 BMW X5 was the xDrive35i, which features a creamy-smooth turbocharged 3.0-liter, dual-overhead-camshaft 6-cylinder. Output is a healthy 300 horsepower, matched with an equally strong 300 lb-ft of torque starting at a relaxed 1,200 revolutions per minute, resulting in a good all-around response. The xDrive35i achieves an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rating of 16 miles per gallon in the city and 23 mpg on the highway with the seamless-shifting standard 8-speed automatic transmission. Premium unleaded fuel is required.

Next up the price ladder was the diesel-powered X5 xDrive35d. It's powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo diesel 6-cylinder, rated at 265 hp and a robust 425 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed automatic handles shifts; this powertrain is EPA-rated at 19 mpg city/26 mpg hwy.

A 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 lurks under the hood of the X5 xDrive50i. Output of the brisk-performing V8 is 400 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. An optional M Sport package ups those numbers to 440 hp and 470 lb-ft, respectively. Shifting duties are performed by an 8-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel economy ratings are 14 mpg city/20 mpg hwy. Premium unleaded is required.

The top of the X5 food chain is the limited-production X5 M. This model features a specially tuned 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that pumps out 555 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. It's teamed with a 6-speed automatic transmission. BMW estimates that this model has 0-to-60 mile-per-hour times in the mid-4-second range. The EPA fuel economy estimates for this premium-fuel engine are 12 mpg city/17 mpg hwy.

Standard Features & Options

The xDrive35i comes well equipped with standard 4-wheel drive, auto climate control, cruise control, power front seats with lumbar adjust and driver memory, a cargo cover, remote keyless entry, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a tilt-telescopic leather-trimmed sport steering wheel with remote audio controls, rain-sensing wipers, auto headlamps, BMW Assist eCall and BMW TeleServices emergency communications, roof rails, fog lamps, a power lift gate, park distance control, a 10-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 premium audio system with iDrive infotainment and an iPod/USB adapter, 18-inch alloy wheels, a split folding rear seat, a leather-wrapped shift knob, and power windows, heated mirrors and door locks. Standard safety gear includes dual-front airbags, front-seat side airbags, overhead airbags, anti-lock brakes, and stability and traction control.

The xDrive35i Premium adds niceties such as a power moonroof, auto-dimming door mirrors, an auto tilt-away steering wheel, front and rear park assist, interior wood accents, leather seats and 19-in alloys.

The xDrive35d carries the same level of standard fare as the xDrive35i Premium but substitutes the 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine.

The xDrive50i brings the 400-hp twin-turbo V8, standard navigation and privacy glass.

The X5 M features the uprated 555-hp twin-turbo V8, 20-in alloys, performance-rated tires, larger brakes, torque-vectoring 4-wheel drive, sport seats, LED headlamps and sport exterior trim.

Popular options include dynamic cruise control, rear air conditioning, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, an adaptive suspension and ventilated seats.

Pricing

The X5 is BMW's top-selling SAV by a wide margin and tends to retain resale value well, with sixes less costly then eights. There may be some used-car bargains among diesels if you look around a bit.

For an understanding of the 2013 X5's price range, you can look up used-car values at KBB.com. Search the Autotrader Classifieds to see what models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the following recalls for the 2013 X5:

A power-steering pump leak may spray hydraulic fluid onto hot exhaust-system components, increasing the risk of a fire.

During a crash, the driver's front-airbag inflator can rupture, sending metal fragments into interior occupants and increasing the risk of injury or death (this is known as the Takata airbag recall).

Recall repairs are required by law, even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed and, if not, will fix the car for free.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

The 2013 X5 received a 4-star overall rating from the NHTSA, earning just a 3-star rating for frontal impacts but a good 5-star rating for side impacts and four stars for rollover performance.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2013 X5 Good ratings for moderate-overlap frontal-impact, side-impact, head-restraint and seat crash performance.

BMW covered the 2013 X5 with a 4-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 4-year/50,000-mile powertrain warranty and a 12-year/unlimited-mile corrosion-perforation warranty. Additionally, routine maintenance was covered for a 4-year/50,000-mile period, and roadside assistance was covered for 4 years/unlimited miles.

BMW certified pre-owned (CPO) cars can't have more than 60,000 miles on the odometer. Every CPO X5 gets a Carfax report. The BMW CPO warranty covers the whole car (bumper to bumper) for 2 years or 24,000 miles and includes roadside assistance.

Other Cars to Consider

2013 Audi Q7 -- The 7-passenger Audi Q7 bristles with high-quality materials and details. From a design standpoint, it sets the bar very high. Its ride quality is more composed than the X5's. Powertrain choices include a 240-hp V6 turbodiesel and 280-hp and 333-hp supercharged gas-powered V6s.

2013 Acura MDX -- If you are looking for the best bang for your midsize-luxury-crossover dollar, the 7-passenger Acura MDX rises to the top. It's a well-rounded vehicle with plenty of contemporary style and is very well equipped for the price. Its 300-hp V6 powertrain is smooth and refined, and it delivers quick acceleration with good fuel economy.

Autotrader's Advice

There may be more practical choices in the segment, but the BMW X5 is for buyers who love to drive and prefer a carlike experience behind the wheel. It's hard to go wrong with the xDrive35i's velveteen inline-6, but if you expect BMW-like performance in this 5,000-lb-plus vehicle, you might as well take the fuel economy hit and select a V8-powered xDrive50i. The cost of maintenance and service parts will be high, so it's best to seek out a BMW CPO car with the additional warranty coverage. You should always choose lower-mileage examples if possible, and get a vehicle history report to make sure that any recalls or product updates have been completed.

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