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BMW X5 Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.8 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 355 hp @ 6200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2005 BMW X5

  • If you want a vehicle that looks utilitarian but doesn't drive that way, you can't do much better than the X5 -- just don't expect much in the way of practicality.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Rides and drives like a BMW sedan, multiple drivetrain choices, top safety scores, high-end cabin furnishings.

  • Cons

    Not much cargo space, lousy fuel economy for a car-based SUV, expensive option packages.

  • What's New for 2005

    Front lumbar supports and automatic climate control are now standard on all models, while the 4.4i gets standard park distance control. The optional auto-dimming rearview mirror now includes a digital compass. High-gloss dark wood trim is standard on the 3.0i and replaces high-gloss light wood trim as standard on the 4.4i. Anthracite wood trim and high-gloss light wood trim are available at no extra charge.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Lemon x5 4.8is

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Vehicle: 2005 BMW X5 4.8is AWD 4dr SUV (4.8L 8cyl 6A)

This is my third BMW and I would not go for BMW again. Sometime the back door locks won't open and we cannot open the back door from inside or outside. Kids can be trap inside the car unless they climb to the front seat. The steering wheel get stiff from time to time. Self leveling light is always on. In the winter the lock freeze easily thus impossible to open or close. The motor rattles too much on a cold days. I went to the dealers many times and they have no clue what is going on. The computer cant pick anything up. This is a 80 k truck and it made like crap. I certainly wouldn't try another BMW again. All German car don't seem to know how to design electronic properly.



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Best over the road suv

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Vehicle: 2005 BMW X5 4.8is AWD 4dr SUV (4.8L 8cyl 6A)

I have owned the previous generation of this M-group or Alpina engineered (I have heard both cited by sources that might know!) truck (the 4.6is) and a 2004 4.4i and have driven all of the competing SUV's, and only the 4.6 comes close to this as a sporty driver on the road. All the other brands of wannabes suffer from excessive truckishness; even the Porsche has obvious huge unsprung weight that compromises its on road handling. The lesser bimmers, including new generation vehicles, are simply outclassed in terms of braking, handling, power delivery and ESPECIALLY steering--the engine speed sensitive system feels like a truck, the vehicle-speed sensitive system on the 4.8 like a real BMW!



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Best over the road suv

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Vehicle: 2005 BMW X5 4.8is AWD 4dr SUV (4.8L 8cyl 6A)

I have test driven all the major players in the sport SUV category and this remains the best for those that do not plan to drive off road. DO NOT confuse this vehicle with the much more pedestrian 3.0, 4.4 or current 4.8. This is the "M" of the SUV line and the steering, suspension and brakes were all seriously massaged by either the M group or Alpina to make this vehicle handle and drive like no other truck to date. The Porsche is impressive, but huge unsprung weight assures that it will never have the nimble, car-like feel of this vehicle.




4.8is

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Vehicle: 2005 BMW X5 4.8is AWD 4dr SUV (4.8L 8cyl 6A)

I've owned a 4.4 prior to the 4.8is. The the difference is fun. Knowing you have muscle under the hood is exhilarating. Handling is superb.




Awesome

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Vehicle: 2005 BMW X5 4.8is AWD 4dr SUV (4.8L 8cyl 6A)

This vehicle has style, class, and enough horses under the engine to do what ever you would like. It's very versatile. One day I'm going to business meeting and next I'm pulling a 6600lbs boat to go fishing.




Amazing

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Vehicle: 2005 BMW X5 4.8is AWD 4dr SUV (4.8L 8cyl 6A)

Traded in a Lincoln Navigator for this little sports car. Best car I've ever owned or driven. Makes driving fun, wife & I look for excuses to drive. Amazing the way it handles, accelerates and brakes. Almost feels like it anticipates your next move. Takes corners like it is glued to the road. Love the passing acceleration at all speeds.



Full 2005 BMW X5 Review

What's New for 2005

Front lumbar supports and automatic climate control are now standard on all models, while the 4.4i gets standard park distance control. The optional auto-dimming rearview mirror now includes a digital compass. High-gloss dark wood trim is standard on the 3.0i and replaces high-gloss light wood trim as standard on the 4.4i. Anthracite wood trim and high-gloss light wood trim are available at no extra charge.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
  • cty
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  • 20
  • highway
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