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April 27, 2014

New BMW X5 moves luxury forward


The 2014 X5 carries a starting list price of $53,725 for a rear-wheel-drive version, which is a new addition in 2014 (before now, the X5 came only with all-wheel drive). More popular by far in our region are all-wheel-drive variations, which start at $56,025. The X5 is the largest four-door passenger wagon sold by BMW, with a longer, wider footprint and more spacious cabin than the BMW X3, the company’s other offering in the class. The X5 is normally configured for five passengers, but an optional third-row seat sets up X5 to carry seven people.

The model’s starting price include more advanced features and alluring conveniences in the 2014 version, reports Val Goldenberg, general sales manager at Tulley BMW in Nashua, N.H. Last year, you would have paid extra for a moonroof, heated seats and a navigation system that incorporates touch-screen control, he said. This year “you get more features without paying more money,” Goldenberg said.

Other new standard features include BMW’s auto start-stop system that saves gas by shutting down the engine when stopped at intersections. They also include a three-piece 40-20-40 fold-down, rear seat-back, speed-sensitive power steering and 10-year enrollment in the BMW phone-in assistance and accident reporting program.

After that, when you start adding extra-cost options, the advanced abilities of the X5 get dizzying. A warning system detects both vehicles and pedestrians and begins applying brakes to prevent collisions. Adaptive cruise control automatically brakes the car all the way to a standstill in stop-and-go traffic. A traffic-jam assistant automatically steers the X5 to keep it centered in its lane during sluggish crawls. A night-vision system detects and displays images of people and animals when they’re out of headlight range. A self-parking feature identifies suitable parallel-parking spots and then steers and brakes the car into the space for you.

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