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2016 BMW X5 Walk Around


The BMW X5 and X3 are styled similarly. The X5 is sculpted with grace, as heft is sliced away. A tapered roofline and low beltline rise from the front fenders to the LED taillamps, to give it a big of a wedge and sport wagon looks (like the X3). Functional scoops steer air to the wheels and brakes.

However, the front end seems overwrought, with too many lines crossing the nose. The kidney grille is pushed out, and the air intake just below the grille looks like a small smirk to us. The headlights are high and nicely detailed, with LED lamps available.

Interior

Inside, the X5 departs from the cookie-cutter BMW horizontal dashboard and instrument layout, with another layer of dash that merges at the doors, trimmed standard with poplar wood. This serves to tone down the otherwise monolithic bulge. Brown Nappa leather looks nice, an option over the standard black leatherette. Other leather colors include ivory white, mocha, and a reddish brown. Dakota leather comes with the xDrive50i, optional on other models.

Comfort in the front seats is less than perfect because of flatness there. Second-row seats recline and fold 40/20/40. The available third row has Easy Entry, but they’re so small that they’re only occasional, used mostly for cargo, which sucking up cargo space at that. The rear gate operates in two pieces, bottom dropping like a pickup truck tailgate and top glass like a minivan.

Navigation, standard on most models, is ruled by the iDrive controller with a touch-write surface and BMW Apps, a connectivity suite.

There are three available trims: Luxury Line with bright metallic touches, xLine with blacked-out grille and trim, and M Sport with an aero kit and bigger wheels.

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