X5 xDrive50i, a new offering from the German automaker BMW, is an invigorated version of its own stupefying sports utility vehicle, X5 that was launched in the Indian markets a few months ago on September 21, 2010. Priced at Rs. 69.5 lac, it boasts of head turner of a new front face and a herculean 4.4L BMW Twin Power Turbo V8 petrol engine. And by the looks of it, it seems to have done justice to its tag line of “At home; away from home” as the interiors and lots of dazzling features coupled with safety does give out an impression that the person driving is surely going to miss his/her home even if he/she is away from it. Let’s check out the review and find out what features it has to offer and what the technical specifications of it are.
Design & Comfort
Just one glance is enough to withdraw a continuous stare at this beauty. The visual appeal it carries is a definite head turner. The front bears a vigorously sporty look with the BMW’s trademark kidney grille. Newly designed xenon headlights and a different placement of the fog lamps on the strong and sturdy body of the car make for an eye candy design. A twin chrome tipped exhaust system at the rear and a wide trunk gate with changed placement of the tail lights make the rear side of the car as racy as the front. The interiors, with wood-like finishing on the dashboard and centre console, leather wrapped steering wheel and seats fitted with head rest make up ample room for leg, hip, shoulder, and head. Advanced music system with 6-CD changer, luggage compartment, seat adjustment, automatic air conditioning, cup holders in front and rear, and a few other features further enhance the driving experience.
BMW X5 xDrive50i, a monstrous machine comes with an equally monstrous engine: 4.4L BMW Twin Power Turbo V8, 8 cylinders and 4 valves backed with Double Overhead Camshafts (DOHC) and Bharat IV technology for low emissions. This petrol engine delivers a maximum power of 407 Bhp @ 5500-6400 rpm and a maximum torque @ 1750-4500 rpm. It reaches 0-100 kmph in about 5.5 seconds with a top speed of 250 kmph while maintaining a decent mileage of 10.4 kmpl in the city and 13.9 kmpl on highways.
Luxury and comfort feel extra pleasing if backed by equally good safety features and the likes of which this monster is loaded with, will make you feel like you’re at the receiving end of Z+ security. Some of them include front and side airbags for the driver and passenger in front, head airbags for the passengers in second row, seal belts at front and rear, anti lock-braking system, automatic differential brake, dynamic brake control, dynamic stability control, dynamic traction control, automatic fuel pump cut off, hill descent control, integrated side impact protection, roll over sensors, runflat tires with indicators, safety battery terminal clamp, and warning triangle with first aid kit. In addition to all this, the front and rear disc brakes and a refined suspension system with the hill descent control ensures a smooth and bump-free ride.
Variants & Price
This rocket charged machine comes in seven different colors to choose from: Black Sapphire, Space Grey, Titanium Silver, Platinum Bronze, Deep Sea Blue, Platinum Grey, and Sparkling Bronze. It is priced at Rs. 69.5 Lac and delivers a mileage of 10.4 kmpl in the city and 13.9 kmpl on highways.