|Photo Gallery, Review & Specifications
2006 BMW X5 4.8is
Six years ago, at the time of its debut, the very
combination of "BMW" and "SUV" seemed unlikely. For this reason, BMW decided to
give the X5 a more apt name "Sports Activity Vehicle" to distinguish it from
the ordinary run of SUVs. In the meantime, the SAV concept has become so
established and respected that the X5 has been joined by a second SAV line, the
X3, which made its debut in 2004. (continued below)
|2006 X5 4.8is Photo Gallery
BMW's Sports Activity Vehicle
|Source: BMW | Published: Mon Oct 17, 2005
(continued from above)
For 2004, the X5 received an extensive round of product enhancements that
freshened its appeal to customers who value the attributes of an SUV - robust
construction, all-weather/all-road and trailer-towing capabilities, commanding
driving position, ease of loading cargo - but also seek traditional BMW
attributes: precision handling, brilliant performance, elegant design, tasteful
luxury, premium quality. Those changes included:
- A new all-wheel drive system, xDrive, that adjusts front/rear torque
proportioning according to road and driving conditions to optimize both
traction and handling.
- Adoption of the acclaimed Valvetronic V-8 engine in the X5 4.4i model,
resulting in greater power and significantly improved fuel efficiency.
- A new top-of-line model, the 4.8is; replacing the former 4.6is, this
high-performance X5 introduced a larger and more powerful version of the
- New 6-speed transmissions - manual in the 6-cylinder X5 3.0i model,
automatic in the X5 4.4i and 4.8is.
- Freshened exterior design, with an entirely (yet subtly) new front end,
new taillights and several fresh colors.
- New wheel designs and enhanced standard equipment.
What's new for 2005
- Auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors (optional 3.0i, Premium Package
4.4i, standard 4.8is) now include a digital compass, integrated into the
interior rearview mirror. (This was actually added during the '04 model year.)
- Dual-panel Panorama moonroof (Premium Package or stand-alone option on
3.0i and 4.4i, standard 4.8is; also added during the '04 model year)
- Xenon Adaptive headlights with dynamic auto-leveling (stand-alone option
on 3.0i; standard 4.4i & 4.8is)
- Automatic climate control newly standard; formerly part of this model's
- Wood interior trim newly standard; Dark Poplar is the standard grain, with
Light Poplar and Maple Anthracite newly offered as no-extra-cost options.
X5 3.0i and 4.4i
- Power-adjustable lumbar support newly standard
- Park Distance Control, BMW's ultrasonic parking aid, newly standard.
xDrive: Adapts to
Changing Driving Conditions
In 2004, the X5 - along with the X3 - introduced a brand-new all-wheel drive
system, called xDrive.
BMW X5 4.8is: Review (2/2)
|Key: AT - automatic transmission, MT - manual transmission, F/R/AWD - front/rear/all wheel drive
||293 cu in (4799
||355 hp @
||350 lb-ft @
||All Wheel Drive
||6 Speed Automatic
|Brakes & Tires
|Brakes Front - Rear
||Ventilated Disc - Ventilated Disc
|Tire Size Front - Rear
||275/40 R20 - 315/35 R20
|Exterior Dimensions & Weight
|EPA Fuel Mileage - City/Highway
|Origin & Price
|Base Retail Price (MSRP)