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Edmunds Introduced at the turn of the 21st century, the X5 was the first utility vehicle in the BMW lineup, and in many ways, it's still the most desirable of the German automaker's crossovers. Like every X5 before it, the 2016 BMW X5 is a luxurious and well-built midsize crossover SUV that's spacious enough for everyday family use and capable enough to get you through a snowstorm. What really sets it apart from rivals, though, is its engaging character. It's a delight to drive any day of the year. Carefully tuned suspension and steering systems contribute much to the BMW X5's winning personality. In spite of its considerable size and weight, this midsize crossover steers with precision and feels athletic going around turns, yet it's also comfy enough for long-distance highway travel. Of course, BMW has always offered a sweet lineup of engines, too. The vast majority of X5 buyers will be happy with the power and efficiency of the entry-level turbocharged six-cylinder, but there's also a turbocharged V8 and a diesel six-cylinder. For 2016, BMW has added a fourth option: the new X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid model that has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a lithium-ion battery pack. The batteries are a supplement rather than the primary power source (13 miles is the limit in electric-only mode), but even so, the hybrid BMW X5 should be almost as quick as a base six-cylinder X5, while consuming less fuel. Unlike those early days of the X5, though, there's now no shortage of options if you're shopping for a midsize luxury crossover SUV. Although you'd be hard-pressed to find a crossover with a nicer interior, the 2016 BMW X5 might not be the best fit for families, even when equipped with its optional third-row seat. Less expensive models like the Acura MDX and Infiniti QX60 have roomier third rows, while the revamped Volvo XC90 offers built-in child booster seats. On the other hand, if it's performance you're after, the Land Rover Range Rover Sport and Porsche Cayenne are likely to be just as enjoyable to drive. You'll probably also want to check out long-time rivals like the Lexus RX 350 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class (formerly the M-Class), as both are redesigned for 2016. On the whole, though, we think very highly of the BMW X5, and it remains a benchmark in this class. 2016 BMW X5 configurations A midsize crossover SUV, the 2016 BMW X5 comes in 35i, 35d, 40e and 50i trim levels. All have all-wheel drive (xDrive), though there is also a rear-drive version of the 35i available (sDrive). The 40e is the new plug-in hybrid model and arrives later in the model year. (The high-performance X5 M is reviewed separately.) Five-passenger seating is standard, and an optional third-row seat increases capacity to seven. Standard equipment for the 35i and 35d includes 19-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, LED foglights, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, automatic wipers, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, roof rails, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, SensaTec premium vinyl upholstery, heated 10-way power front seats (with four-way power lumbar) and driver memory settings. Electronics features include BMW Assist, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 10.2-inch central display screen, the iDrive controller, a navigation system, voice controls, traffic reporting and a nine-speaker sound system with a CD player, USB and auxiliary audio inputs and HD radio. Look for a very similar equipment list on the xDrive 40e, which also gets standard adjustable suspension dampers and rear air suspension (optional on all other X5s) along with hybrid-specific instrumentation and additional iDrive menu items. The X5 xDrive50i builds on the 35 models' equipment list with standard keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, 16-way power (multicontour) front seats, four-zone climate control, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, satellite radio and a rearview camera. Many option packages are available to help you customize your X5. Starting things off are three optional equipment lines - Luxury, xLine and M Sport - that include different wheel designs (up to 20 inches), color schemes and trim and upholstery types. M Sport also includes sport front seats and shift paddles for the transmission. From here, the Premium package for the 35i and 35d adds keyless ignition and entry, four-zone climate control, satellite radio and leather upholstery, while the Luxury Seating package gets you the multicontour front seats with added ventilation (ventilated seats are a separate option for the 50i). The Cold Weather package includes a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. The Driver Assistance package features a rearview camera and a head-up display (35i and 35d). To this, the Driver Assistance Plus package adds adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera and a long list of driver safety aids highlighted in the Safety section of this review. The Dynamic Handling package (xDrive models only) adds an enhanced all-wheel-drive system and a body roll mitigation feature for improved road holding. The Lighting package bundles upgraded adaptive LED headlights and automatic high-beam headlight control. Other options for the 2016 BMW X5 include active steering (xDrive models only, excluding the 40e), a sportier adaptive M suspension (not available on 40e), automated parking assist, soft-close automatic doors, upgraded and/or extended leather upholstery, upgraded interior trim, smartphone app integration and rear window manual sunshades. All X5s except the hybrid can be equipped with second-row comfort seats (with fore/aft and recline adjustment) and a third-row seat (includes the rear air suspension). You can also order a deluxe Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system and a night-vision camera system. - INSTALLED FEATURES: Air Filtration: Active Charcoal, Front Air Conditioning Zones: Dual, Front Air Conditioning: Automatic Climate Control, Rear Vents: Second Row, Airbag Deactivation: Occupant Sensing Passenger, Front Airbags: Dual, Knee Airbags: Dual Front, Side Airbags: Front, Side Curtain Airbags: Front, Side-Curtain Airbag Rollover Sensor, Antenna Type: Diversity, Auxiliary Audio Input: Bluetooth, Hard Drive: 20Gb, In-Dash CD: MP3 Playback, Radio Data System, Radio: AM/FM, Satellite Radio: Siriusxm Ready, Speed Sensitive Volume Control, Total Speakers: 9, Watts: 205, ABS: 4-Wheel, Brake Drying, Braking Assist, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Electronic Parking Brake: Auto Off, Emergency Braking Preparation, Front Brake Diameter: 13.7, Front Brake Type: Ventilated Disc, Power Brakes, Rear Brake Diameter: 12.6, Rear Brake Type: Ventilated Disc, Armrests: Rear Center With Cupholders, Center Console Trim: Leatherette, Dash Trim: Wood, Door Trim: Wood, Floor Mat Material: Carpet, Floor Material: Carpet, Floor Mats: Front, Interior Accents: Wood-Tone, Shift Knob Trim: Alloy, Steering Wheel Trim: Leather, Ambient Lighting, Assist Handle: Front, Cargo Area Light, Cargo Cover: Retractable, Center Console: Front Console With Armrest and Storage, Cruise Control, Cupholders: Front, Dimming Rearview Mirror: Auto, Footwell Lights, Memorized Settings: 2 Driver, Multi-Function Remote: Keyless Entry, One-Touch Windows: 4, Power Outlet(s): 12V Cargo Area, Power Steering: Variable/Speed-Proportional, Power Windows: Lockout Button, Push-Button Start, Reading Lights: Front, Retained Accessory Power, Steering Wheel Mounted Controls: Audio, Steering Wheel: Power Tilt and Telescopic, Storage: Cargo Net, Touch-Sensitive Controls, Universal Remote Transmitter: Garage Door Opener, Vanity Mirrors: Dual Illuminating, Liftgate Window: Fixed, Rear Door Type: Power Liftgate, 4WD Type: Full Time, Axle Ratio: 3.15, Center Differential: Mechanical, Drive Mode Selector, Alternator: 210 Amps, Auto Start/Stop, Battery Saver, Battery: Maintenance-Free, Door Handle Color: Body-Color, Exhaust Tip Color: Chrome, Exhaust: Dual Tip, Front Bumper Color: Body-Color, Grille Color: Black, Mirror Color: Body-Color, Rear Bumper Color: Body-Color, Rear Spoiler Color: Body-Color, Rear Spoiler: Roofline, Window Trim: Chrome, Clock, Compass, Digital Odometer, Driver Information System, External Temperature Display, Fuel Economy Display: MPG, Gauge: Tachometer, Multi-Function Display, Trip Computer, Trip Odometer, Warnings and Reminders: Lamp Failure Low Fuel Engine Oil Coolant, Daytime Running Lights, Front Fog Lights: Led, Headlights: Hid/Xenon, Taillights: Led, Side Mirror Adjustments: Power, Side Mirrors: Auto-Dimming, Moonroof / Sunroof Wind Deflector, Moonroof / Sunroof: Anti-Trapping, Roof Rails, Roof Rails Color: Black, Active Head Restraints: Dual Front, Body Side Reinforcements: Side Impact Door Beams, Child Safety Door Locks, Child Seat Anchors: Latch System, Crumple Zones: Front, Energy Absorbing Steering Column, Impact Sensor: Alert System, Parking Sensors: Front, Emergency Locking Retractors: Front, Front Seatbelts: 3-Point, Rear Seatbelts: 3-Point, Seatbelt Force Limiters: Front, Seatbelt Pretensioners: Front, Seatbelt Warning Sensor: Front, Driver Seat Power Adjustments: 4-Way Power Lumbar, Driver Seat: Heated, Front Headrests: Adjustable, Front Seat Type: Bucket, Passenger Seat Power Adjustments: 4-Way Power Lumbar, Passenger Seat: Heated, Rear Headrests: Adjustable, Rear Seat Folding: Split, Rear Seat Type: 40-20-40 Split Bench, Upholstery: Leatherette, 2-Stage Unlocking Doors, Anti-Theft System: Alarm With Remote, Power Door Locks: Auto-Locking, Hill Descent Control, Hill Holder Control, Roll Stability Control, Stability Control, Traction Control, Front Shock Type: Gas, Front Spring Type: Coil, Front Stabilizer Bar, Front Struts, Front Suspension Classification: Independent, Front Suspension Type: Double Wishbone, Rear Shock Type: Gas, Rear Spring Type: Coil, Rear Stabilizer Bar, Rear Struts, Rear Suspension Classifi
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