2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
I bought this car primarily for it's performance and towing capability. It's hands down the best combination of engine and towing capability out there in a small SUV. It gets consistently good mileage, has a ton of torque, and is fun to drive. Overall, a great car for what I'd consider a 'small' SUV. It's got plenty of interior room, the 3rd row seat is pretty small.
2013 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
After owning 15 cars over 9 brands, I wanted to try BMW. Unfortunately, it is a big disappointment. X5 5.0 plus is acceleration (it has the best acceleration among the cars I owned. The rest is disappointment: the ride is harsh (reviews praise it for good feel of the road, but it feels like nearly no suspension, after a while it feels punishing), it is very noisy (it sounds like 1970s cars or old delivery vehicles), the layout of the features is ridiculous (yes, you can learn which feature is where but any time you forget, you have to think hard where it was), it is very difficult to drive precisely (you release the breaks and the car jumps, moving forward by 2-3" is close to impossible), reliability is not good (we right away went back to the dealer with malfunctioning hatch, the light staying on, the lift mechanism broke, the battery drains at a crazy pace), the running boards make it extremely difficult for me to get into the car (I am above 6') and very uncomfortable for my wife (5'4"). The position of "Park" on the shift knob makes driving this car a big safety hazard: in all other cars you put the knob forward to "Park", but this car has "Rear Drive". When tired, the well-learned behavior kicks in: you push the know to the end and the cur starts going backward. I twice nearly hit two people, my wife has done it twice. I would bet that many serious accidents/injuries have happened and maybe even people got killed. I am going back to Lexus or Mercedes SUV. Sorry but after 1.5 years of owning it, I only convinced myself how bad this car is.
2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
Great performance. Very pleased with MPG. Repair cost are high relative to other similar SUVs. Navigation screen/system is pathetic relative to other nav systems I have used; no touch screen, not very intuitive, traffic is unreliable and inaccurate at times, travel directions are very basic/lacking in functionality - very disappointing in what is otherwise a very well engineered vehicle
2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
I purchased the car as a CPO and it has spent over 40 days at the dealership in the first 7 months. While the car performance is amazing, build quality and comfort are really bad. The car is incredibly noisy on the road and all the plastics creak. Also the entertainment system is really disappointing for such an expensive vehicle. First and last BMW. Way over rated and overpriced.