The new 2013 BMW X5 Xdrive 35i has become one of BMW’s most popular cars, but for 2013 there’s a new model in the extensive X5 lineup.
It’s the Xdrive 35i with the M Sport and Performance Package.
Not only do the twin the M Packages make this X5 look and handle like an BMW M car, but they also increase the performance of the normal turbo charged straight six above that of a plain Jane version of the X5 35i.
In this TFLcar first video review we see just how much the M packages increases horsepower by testing the X5 from 0-60 MPH at 1 mile above sea level.
Is it faster?
You’ll have to watch this video to find out.
Editor’s note: Both Roman and I have had personal experience with the BMW X5 xdrive. About a decade or so back, Roman owned one and enjoyed it – but not the maintenance bills. I had a friend who owned a rare (for North America) manual 2001 model and he wanted to sell it to me. I had a Land Rover Discovery at the time and was unsure about the ruggedness of the xdrive system.
After taking it on a fishing trip, it did very well in the mud and I loved driving it on the street. It was like driving a giant Subaru Outback with more curb appeal.
Then, my buddy got rear-ended. The back glass and rear bumper had to be replaced. The price for the parts was (much) more than the vehicle was worth. I was sad and alarmed at the expense of the repair costs.
Thus – I stuck with my Disco.