BMW's entry into the SUV market. The X5 was dubbed a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) which the marketing people defined as a "high-performance vehicle built to enhance high-performance lifestyles". What the meant was that instead of being utility-based, the X5 was built to deliver the same BMW-quality driving criteria as their popular sports sedans.
The X5 has the same 4.4 litre V8 engine as the 540i and 740i with an option for a 3.0 litre engine. The former accelerates 0-100 km/h in about 8.3 seconds and the latter does the same in 7.9 seconds.
X5 3.0i Specs
3.0 litre DOHC
, I-6, 24V with Double VANOS
225 @ 5900
214 @ 3500
Standard features include Dynamic Stability Control, heated leather seats, Xenon headlights, automatic climate control, 17" 5 spoke style alloy wheels, all-wheel drive, Dynamic Brake Control, Hill Descent Control.
X5 4.4i Specs
4.4 litre DOHC
, 32V with VANOS
282 @ 5400
324 @ 3600
Standard features as above and also including glass sunroof, 18" 5 spoke style alloy wheels, wood trim.
Apparently, this vehicle was selected by the Institute for Highway Safety as the "Best Pick" over the competition in crash tests.
You may realize now that I'm a big fan of BMW...I've got a Z3 and a 528i myself and I love them!