2010 BMW X5 M
Manufacturer: BMW of North America Part number: 101163677
- Bottom Line:
- Technically stunning, the 2010 BMW X5 M works as track car and sport driver, but its bad fuel economy will make the daily commute costly. The cabin tech also offers a lot, but a few features fall short of the cutting edge.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $85,400.00
- Reviewed by: Wayne Cunningham
- Reviewed on: 11/05/2009
The good: BMW throws every tech trick in the book, and invents some new ones, to make the 2010 BMW X5 M one of the best performing SUVs on the road. The hard-drive-based navigation system includes satellite imagery and dynamic routing around traffic congestion, while reserving 15 gigabytes of space for music storage. A top-down view is included in the parking system.
The bad: All this horsepower results in dismal fuel economy. A poor color scheme makes the navigation system's street maps difficult to read. The cabin tech interface has some quirks, such as two different settings menus.
The bottom line: Technically stunning, the 2010 BMW X5 M works as track car and sport driver, but its bad fuel economy will make the daily commute costly. The cabin tech also offers a lot, but a few features fall short of the cutting edge.
Very impressive yet very disapointing.
by keineschuld on May 20, 2010
Pros: I traded a RUF and a 4.4 x5 because i have kids and windsurf and wanted to consolidate. It is extremly quick and agile for a SAV. Love the look and comfort. push of a botton and you go from comfort to race. VERY FUN
Cons: car has 5000 miles and a whining noise is ever present andseems to resemble a stearing rack without fluid. Worst at deaccelarating. Took to the dealer they at this point say have NO FIXES.....are you kidding me?????? ***!!!!!!
Summary: If I buy a 90,000 car and it makes noise fron the drive train I expect it to be fixed NOT be dismissed as we are working on a ...
Summary: If I buy a 90,000 car and it makes noise fron the drive train I expect it to be fixed NOT be dismissed as we are working on a solution.....THAT IS INCREDIBLE!
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I Have It and Love it!
by bryantmeyers on July 4, 2010
Pros: I just purchased a 2011 X5 M, White with Beige Interior. Having owned 6 BMW's previously, it is hands down the best in performance and beauty. I got up to 132 miles/hr on the freeway in a heartbeat. Great performance! Push the M button and blast off
Cons: A little jerky starting from zero in M-mode... Smooth starts in regular mode though. Also I notice a slight pause before the turbos kick in, but very slight... but when they do... watch out. Otherwise I like everything about it.
Summary: Having owned a X3, X5 and X6, and a Z4 M (2007), I can say this is far and away the best performance and handling BMW I have owned. I ...
Summary: Having owned a X3, X5 and X6, and a Z4 M (2007), I can say this is far and away the best performance and handling BMW I have owned. I highly recommend a high quality radar detector to protect yourself, because it is tough going slow in this beast ;-)
You missed the point...
by alexeck on June 6, 2010
Pros: Incredible handling, ergonomic seating, gorgeous looks. A race can you can take to the grocery store.
Cons: "Turbo-lag" effect when gunning the engine
Summary: This review is a bit silly. It concentrates heavily on the technical aspects of the car like the nav system, and the gas mileage. However, this is a car for ...
Summary: This review is a bit silly. It concentrates heavily on the technical aspects of the car like the nav system, and the gas mileage. However, this is a car for hard-core enthusiasts, and I personally could care less about many of the bells and whistles.
The focus should be on the performance and handling characteristics, and the overall driver experience (ride quality, etc.).
I have test-driven this car. I am still considering buying one.
The handling is superb -- imagine driving a go cart that happens to be an SUV.
The biggest disappointment is poor low-end torque. When I gunned it, I expected a surge of power. Instead, you get that typical turbo feeling of a slow takeoff followed by a surge as you hit the turbo. In other words, this is a car that lives past 1,750 RPM, when the turbos kick in. BMW amped up the horsepower through the use of turbos and it shows.
So if you get this car, I think you'll need to prepare yourself for living at high RPMs if you want to really feel the power.
I did drive over some bumpy roads and the ride is bumpy but decent. Because the suspension is so highly tuned, you do feel the bumps but the car is not swaying as you go over rough terrain. So there is a balance.
In short, an impressive sports performer, a beautiful car, but test-drive one before you buy it to make sure its performance characteristics match your particular desires.
A brilliant vehicle with a few warts
by drivefasttakechances on January 20, 2010
Pros: The driving characteristics are really amazing. The engine pulls like mad pretty much all the time, and the handling defies belief. It's also extremely comfortable inside and has plenty of bells and whistles.
Cons: As noted, the navigation system stinks. The color scheme is awful, and the algorithms are annoyingly stubborn to adapt to driver-initiated route changes. The entertainment system also has some annoying quirks with how they tag songs that you upload
Summary: The review is pretty accurate, but some of the nitpicking smells of complaining for complaining's sake. Yes, the fuel economy sucks, but there's a price to be paid ...
Summary: The review is pretty accurate, but some of the nitpicking smells of complaining for complaining's sake. Yes, the fuel economy sucks, but there's a price to be paid for an engine that has this much power...but you know that before you buy it. The automatic transmission would presumably be a weak link, but driving it erases any fears, as the slushbox is amazingly good (especially the paddles). Yes, Sport mode stinks, but use the paddles instead. The NAV sucks, no way around it. The new iDrive system is noticeably better, but it still has some quirks, particularly using Gracenote's DB for music on the hard drive.
All that said, it's got enough room for five people with gear, and it also has enough power and handling to mimic a roller coaster. For someone who needs the practicality of an SUV but doesn't want to sacrifice the joys of a sports car, this is one of the only tickets in town.
- Manufacturer: BMW of North America
- Part number: 101163677
- Bottom Line: Technically stunning, the 2010 BMW X5 M works as track car and sport driver, but its bad fuel economy will make the daily commute costly. The cabin tech also offers a lot, but a few features fall short of the cutting edge.
Basic car properties
- Body style SUV
- Available Engine Gas
- Smart airbags Standard
- Antilock brakes Standard
- Traction control Standard
- Stability control Standard
- Back-up cameras Optional
- Heads-up display Standard
- Roadside assistance Standard
- Adaptive cruise control Standard
- Rain-sensitive wipers Standard
- Satellite radio Standard
- Multizone entertainment Optional
- Connection for portable MP3 sound system Standard
- MP3 CD-enabled sound system Standard
- Media hard-disk MP3 sound system Standard
- Multizone climate control Standard
- Keyless entry Optional
- Two-way security system Standard
- 12V power outlet Standard
- Drivetrain available All-wheel drive
- Active suspension Standard
- Trip computer Standard
- Voice activated navigation Standard
- Bluetooth phone interface Standard
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