2014 BMW X5 AUSTRALIA
BMW's big new 2014 X5 SUV range has arrived in Australian showrooms, headlined by the diesel-powered M50d M Performance hero.
The range kicks off with a new four-cylinder diesel-powered rear-wheel-drive variant called the sDrive25d; the first time a four-cylinder diesel or 2WD have been offered in an X5 in Australia.
All-wheel-drive is also available at the entry end, in the form of the xDrive25d for an extra $5000.
The volume-selling xDrive30d has copped an $8000 price increase, with softer $245 and $755 increases on the xDrive50i petrol and M50d diesel.
The xDrive35i and xDrive40d complete the X5 line-up, which now offers seven different models.
The new 2.0 litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine produces 160kW and 450Nm while delivering a zero to 100km/h time of 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 220km/h.
Thanks to the lighter RWD platform which tips the scales a fraction under 2000kg, the entry-level sDrive25d can achieve a fuel figure of 5.8 l/100km, which rises to 6.0 l/100 in the AWD xDrive25d model.
Next in the line-up is the xDrive30d, driven by a 3.0 litre turbodiesel that produces 190kW and 560Nm - an increase of 10kW and 20Nm over the outgoing model.
The xDrive30d promises a 0-100km/h time of 6.9 seconds, shaving 0.7 seconds from its predecessor's time.
BMW claims a combined fuel consumption figure of 6.2 l/100km - a 1.2 litre improvement - while carbon emissions have fallen by 33g/km to 162g/km.
With the addition of a second turbocharger, the same 3.0 litre diesel engine in the xDrive40d lifts power and torque to 230kW and 630Nm.
The xDrive40d shaves one second off the xDrive30d's 0-100km/h time, while still returning the same 6.2 l/100km fuel figure.
The petrol range kicks off with the 3.0 litre twin-scroll turbocharged engine fitted to the xDrive35i. Producing 225kW and 400Nm, the 3.0 litre unit can achieve zero to 100km/h in 6.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 235km/h.
Fuel consumption for the xDrive35i is listed at 8.5 l/100km.
The second of two petrol-powered models is the xDrive50i, driven by a 4.4 litre turbo V8 that now promises 331kW and 650Nm - up from 300kW and 600Nm.
BMW says the xDrive50i model will now hit 100km/h in just 5.0 seconds - a 0.5 second improvement - while fuel consumption has fallen 2.0 litres to 10.5 l/100km.
Topping the range is the new M50d, powered by the same M Performance-tuned 280kW/740Nm 3.0 litre turbodiesel driving the outgoing X5 M50d model.
Now boasting a lighter body, the new m50d's 0-100km/h time is improved by a barely perceptible 0.1 seconds, now claiming a 5.3 second sprint.
Fuel consumption improvements are a little more significant however, falling 0.8 litres to 6.7 l/100km.
All 2014 BMW X5s feature the same eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shifters fitted to the up-spec models in the range, starting with the xDrive35i.
In the cabin, you'll find the usual assortment of luxury trim options, along with redesigned seats with more adjustability options and a 40:20:40 split-folding second row.
Rear storage has grown to 650/1870 litres (depending on seat position), marking a 30/120 litre improvement.
The new entry-level BMW X5 sDrive25d and xDrive25d get Navigation System Professional, the 'HiFi' audio system, extended Bluetooth functionality including audio streaming and internet connectivity.
A full suite of airbags and stability control systems is included along with standard Bi-Xenon headlights, LED fog lights, Park Distance Control and a rear view camera but the 2WD sDrive25d understandably misses out on Hill Descent Control.
BMW says the standard feature set of the now more expensive xDrive30d model is "well above that of the outgoing model" - including an upgrade to 19-inch alloy wheels and new exterior trim highlights.
The xDrive30d also now boasts Bi-Xenon headlights with high-beam assist, LED front fog lights and anti-dazzle mirrors inside and out.
Rounding out the xDrive30d's standard features are powered front seats, an automatic tailgate, Navigation System Professional with voice control, internet connectivity and the 'HiFi' audio system.
Both the xDrive35i and xDrive40d receive the same specification list, including paddle-shifters for the automatic transmission, adaptive headlights, BMW Individual leather instrument panel, Comfort Access System and sports seats for the driver and front passenger.
Moving to the xDrive50i adds larger 20-inch wheels, along with ceramic accents in the cabin and the 'Professional' adaptive suspension package with specially tuned damper control and rear air suspension.
Other additions to the xDrive50i include adaptive LED headlights, LED front fog lights, surround view and head-up display, Driving Assistant Plus and active cruise control with stop&go.
Front seats are heated, and the infotainment package is boosted with an upgrade to harman/kardon audio and DAB+ digital radio.
The top-shelf M50d is kitted out in-line with the xDrive50i, but adds a 'Dynamic' version of BMW M's adaptive suspension package for a more sporting ride.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
The 2014 BMW X5 is on-sale now, with deliveries for all but the xDrive50i and M50d models to begin from March.
- BMW X5 sDrive25d -$82,900
- BMW X5 xDrive25d -$87,900
- BMW X5 xDrive30d - $99,900
- BMW X5 xDrive35i - $106,900
- BMW X5 xDrive40d - $115,900
- BMW X5 xDrive50i - $133,900
- BMW X5 M50d - $147,900