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2013 BMW X5

Published July 26, 2012

The BMW X5 is a sexy beast. How many other SUV’s can you think of run 555hp? None. That’s how many. In many ways the X5 simply can’t be touched. Not with a 4 second 0-60 mph and a 12.5 second quarter-mile. There isn’t an SUV on the market that can provide the brake feel of an X5 or the satisfying sensation of its six speed gearbox switching gears. BMW ergonomics have provided in the X5 an SUV offering 75 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seat. So there’s a lot of junk in that trunk.

When you choose the M Drive mode the X5 eagerly switches the transition to a tight and crisp vehicle ready for some aggressive driving. Especially with all of its 500lb/ft of torque ready just off idle. This 2013 BMW X5 feels more agile than a Benz or even a Jeep. City or highway it feels superior. The X5 has no issues on the touring aspect either. It eats hills and handles like a dream. There is not a single road condition where the X5 shows a weakness in ability or adaptability. It can be a stiff ride and the steering can be heavy. And the tank might be a little small for the X5, but that depends on individual driving habits.

BMW knows its driver. They seem to know what they want and how they apply it to the road. BMW is trying its best to satisfy every possible driving experience you could desire. And it’s a brilliant way to expand your brand, creating a car that has a reputation that proceeds it. It seems BMW takes it competition very seriously and with all the edge of a Formula 1 engineering team. Sure it’s a pig on gas and not terribly practical. But that’s not the point with the BMW X5 because that’s not what their target demographic give a flying monkey poop about. Excessiveness for the sake of excessiveness, an overall feeling of superiority and assertion of higher class is all that really matters at the end of the day.

The BMW X5 has a high price tag but a satisfying bottom line. It’s a fun SUV to drive…not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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Calvin Escobar
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