2014 BMW X5 35i

2014 BMW X5 35i

X5 hits the sweet spot

It felt like Christmas every morning as I walked towards the 2014 BMW X5. Even with the snow fall warnings last month, it really didn’t matter. The X5 driving experience made me forget that we’re still stuck in winter. The heated steering wheel, heated seats and overall comfort made the X5 such a pleasure to drive.

The new 3rd generation BMW X5 is more elegant all around. The exterior is sleek, stylish and several enhancements to improve driving aerodynamics and fuel efficiency. One of the changes includes greater use of aluminum and overall weight reduction of 200lbs.

The interior of the X5 is what you would expect in a $70k luxury SUV. Sitting in the driver’s seat is extremely comfortable, so much so that I could easily spend a full day driving on a road trip. The use of high quality leather throughout the interior is pleasing to the overall driving experience. The 10.2” NAV touch screen reminds me of an iPad mini mounted in the middle of the dashboard.

The $4,900 optional Bang & Olufsen audio package was also a treat to experience. This would be great for pumping up the tunes on the next camping trip, or long drive.

The X5 came equipped with 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder with 300 horsepower and 300 ft.lbs torque and BMW’s xDrive, intelligent all-wheel drive system. Lots of power, and a SUV that drives like a sports sedan. The X5 also offers two other engine options – 3.0L 6-cyclinder diesel or if you wanted ultimate power, there’s the 4.4L V8 Twin Turbo option.

The X5 offered several driving modes such as ECO Pro, Sport and Sport+Comfort all providing different driving dynamics. As much as I loved driving the 6-cylinder model, I’m sure ripping around in X5 with the 4.4L V8 would a lot more thrilling and exciting.

The X5 media test vehicle included the Premium and Technology Packages. Highlights of the features included in the packages are heated rear seats, auto 4-zone climate control, SurroundView, Head-Up Display, and Active LED headlights.

Base MSRP of the 2014 X5 is $62,900. Price of the test vehicle is $77,950 which includes the Premium Package ($5,500), Technology Package ($3,800), BMW ConnectedDrive Services ($850) and the upgraded Bang & Olufsen audio package ($4,900).

Photos by Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal