2011 BMW X5

OK all you yuppies, the latest model of your favorite way to convey Buffy and Trevor to soccer practice is here: The 2011 BMW X5. Yes, it’s got all the features you liked before, but only more so. And since this is BMW, there’s even more C & C gee-gaws to make you happy.

First off though, BMW hastens to point out that the 2011 BMW X5 is NOT an SUV. No, it’s a “Sports Activity Vehicle®”, got that? And yeah, the little ® thing is part of the name. Ain’t that cute? So, what makes the 2011 BMW X5 such a worthy SUV?

Well in brief, there are two new engines for the ’11 X5. There’s the xDrive50i and X5 xDrive35i, but there is still the tried and true BMW Advanced Diesel in the xDrive35d. Although, there’s no mention of the oil burner making it to these shores. Mores the pity, BMW should bring it over. All models get a design update to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the X5 brand.

The X5 xDrive35i will run you $46,675 (MSRP) and comes with a popular profile of standard equipment often specified by X5 customers such as Xenon Adaptive headlights, Rain Sensor with automatic headlight control, HD Radio, automatic climate control, fog lights, 18” light alloy wheels, cruise control, and anti-theft alarm system. There’s also an optional Convenience Package that adds the large panoramic moonroof, auto-dimming mirrors, Dark Burl Walnut, Bamboo, or Light Poplar wood interior trim, BMW Ambiance Lighting, and BMW Assist with Bluetooth. Stand alone options include rear side window shades, Navigation system with Real Time Traffic Information and Voice Command, satellite radio with 1-year subscription, and an iPod / USB adapter interface.

The X5 xDrive35i Premium goes for $52,475. The xDrive35i Premium comes with a raft of standard goodies like 19” light alloy wheels, roof rails and panoramic moonroof, power adjustable steering column, iPod / USB adapter interface, and privacy glass. “Best of all, it includes standard Nevada Leather,” says BMW. No, I don’t know what “Nevada Leather” is either. It also comes with In addition, buyers of the Premium model may choose up to four packages, including the Active Ventilated Seat Package, Convenience Package, Cold Weather Package, and Technology Package. Third Row seating, which enables the X5 to accommodate up to 7 passengers, also becomes available on this model.

Above the X5 xDrive35i Premium is the X5 xDrive35i Sport Activity, running at an MSRP of $54,975. You get all of the gear from the Premium model, such as 20” light alloy wheels, sport seats, Shadowline exterior trim, and Anthracite headliner. And you can also opt for the M Sport Package that includes 20” wheels with performance tires, the Adaptive Drive system, aluminum roof rails, M door sill plates, M driver footrest, M steering wheel, M aerodynamic enhancements, and increased top speed limiter (150 mph).

Get in line, yuppies.

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About The Author

Tony Borroz grew up in a sportscar oriented family, but sadly, it was British cars. His knuckles still show the marks of slipped Whitworth sockets, strains to reach upper rear shock bushings on Triumphs, and slight burn marks from dealing with Lucas Electric "systems." He has written for a variety of car magazines and websites, Automoblog chief among them. Tony has worked on popular driving games as a content expert, in addition to working for aerospace companies, software giants, and as a movie stuntman. He currently lives in a secure, undisclosed location in the American southwestern desert.

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