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Although the 2016 BMW X5 is branded by the company as a “sports-activity vehicle” or SAV, for simplicity’s sake we’ll just lump it in with such equally capable SUVs as the Porsche Cayenne and Mercedes-Benz GLE. However, there’s no denying the X5 places a big emphasis on the “sport” part of sport-utility vehicle, offering an impressive lineup that includes a plug-in hybrid, diesel model and high-performance M variant. Though it has grown slightly in size, the X5 remains manageable and delivers big in the areas of room, economy and performance.

Motorstorm apocalypse pc download. While it certainly is the master of the paved road, the pricey X5 still takes a back seat to such off-road champs as the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Land Rover Range Rover Sport. Driving the Used 2016 BMW X5 MFor 2016, the BMW X5 offers five engine choices each with varying fuel economy and acceleration times, but not one of which we’d consider a slug. The entry-level X5 sDrive35i is the only model powered by its rear wheels (RWD); all others employ all-wheel drive (AWD), and its turbocharged inline-6 can move it to 60 mph in less than seven seconds. The new plug-in hybrid X5 xDrive40e does the same run in 6.5 seconds, which makes us wonder why anyone would pony up an extra $10,000 for the 445-horsepower V8 in the X5 xDrive50i. Heck, you can get more torque and pulling power with nearly identical acceleration plus better fuel economy in the X5 xDrive35d turbodiesel.

No matter which model you choose, all X5 models deliver excellent handling on both wet and dry pavement, although sometimes at the expense of a comfortable ride. Favorite FeaturesINFOTAINMENT SYSTEMBMW’s 2016 X5 crossover SUV uses a large 10.2-inch display screen and an intuitive user interface. The large screen makes it easy to find and activate various icons, not to mention delivering a razor-sharp image when hooked up to the available rearview camera.STEERING FEELTwo of the things that make a BMW a BMW are its taut handling and precise steering. If you’re the type who loves to tackle tight turns and feel like you are one with the car, the X5’s direct steering feel and immediate feedback are addicting. Used 2016 BMW X5 M InteriorThe 2016 BMW X5 has seating for five across two rows. A 3rd-row seat is optional and increases passenger count by two, but room in that last row is very tight. Legroom is good in the first two rows, and the front seats are comfortable and spacious, even for adults with large frames.

The 2nd-row seats fold in a 40/20/40 configuration, handy for fitting long items like skis down the middle. BMW’s latest iDrive with touch-pad controller is easier to figure out, and the main controls for climate and audio are fairly intuitive. Poplar wood trim adds warmth to the cabin. Used 2016 BMW X5 M ExteriorWhen we first laid eyes on BMW’s X5 SUV from a distance, we thought we were looking at its smaller brother, the X3. It turned out to be an illusion, and a good one. Though dimensionally the same size as the last generation, the 2016 X5’s fresh design makes it appear sleeker and less bloated. In front, BWM’s famed 'kidney' grille design now flows into the headlight housings, while the X5’s rear is the first of the brand to feature 'Aero Blades,' which channel air for better aerodynamics.

Pragmatically, the X5 comes with roof rails and a 2-section tailgate. Used 2016 BMW X5 M Standard FeaturesSpend the least on a 2016 BMW X5 sDrive35i, and you’ll find plenty to like, but a few things are still missing for your roughly $55,000. Making the list are 10-way-power and heated front seats, a panoramic moonroof, navigation with a 10.2-inch high-res screen, a power tailgate, power-adjustable steering column, 9-speaker audio system with HD Radio, and xenon adaptive headlights. Unexpectedly, leather seating and a rearview camera cost extra. The top-line X5 xDrive50i models add the leather and rearview camera along with 19-inch wheels and luxurious, 20-way-power front seats. Four years/50,000 miles of complimentary maintenance is also standard.

Used 2016 BMW X5 M OptionsWhether you want a heated steering wheel and ventilated seats or a night-vision assist system, options and packages come in abundance for the 2016 X5. To start off the configuration process, BMW offers three optional 'lines' – Luxury, xLine and M Sport.

The first two bundle aesthetic upgrades and 19-inch wheels, while the M Sport adds performance-oriented features such as steering-wheel-mounted gear shifters and launch control for high-speed takeoffs. Our ears were very pleased with the up-level harman/kardon 600-watt/16-speaker sound system. Those craving extreme sound can get it in a Bang & Olufsen system boasting 1,200 watts. Used 2016 BMW X5 M EngineFour turbocharged engines and one turbo hybrid electric are available. Fossil-fuel-only models include a gasoline- or diesel-powered inline-6, and two V8s offering 445 horsepower (xDrive50i) and 567 horsepower (X5 M).

The X5 xDrive40e uses a 2.0-liter turbo-4 mated to an integrated electric motor for a system output of 308 horsepower. All have a slick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. In an effort to be more fuel-efficient, X5 SUVs have a start/stop function that shuts down the engine at idle. The system is quick to restart the engine once you lift your foot off the brake pedal, but we found ourselves just as quickly disabling this function due to its intrusiveness when abruptly roaring the engine to life. Wow, what a great Vehicle! No other SUV can touch the combination of fuel economy, performance and functionality of this SUV period. The most fun to drive and economical SUV on the market.

It is sad that BMW has decided to stop offering the diesel engine option in the US. Pushing Hybrid and electric options which are no where near as usable and efficient. When I take this car in for service, which is rare, they give you the new plug in car and it is not nearly as fun to drive or can match the performance or fuel economy. The range on this SUV on one tank of fuel is over 600 miles on the freeway and 500 in town.

SummaryGeneral Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014-2016 Buick Lacrosse and Chevrolet Spark EV, Caprice PPV and SS vehicles, 2014-2017 Buick Encore and Chevrolet Corvette, Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles, 2015-2016 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Tahoe, Trax, Suburban and Silverado 2500 and 3500 and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles, and 2015-2017 GMC Sierra HD 2500 and 3500 vehicles. While being previously remedied for recall 16V-651, the affected vehicles may not have received the complete software update necessary to remedy the recall condition. Without the update, certain driving conditions may cause the air bag sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) software to activate a diagnostic test.

During this test, deployment of the frontal air bags and the seat belt pretensioners would not occur in the event of a crash. SummaryGeneral Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2500, and 3500 heavy duty trucks manufactured October 1, 2013, to February 1, 2016, 2015-2016 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicles (PPV) manufactured March 1, 2014, to February 1, 2016, and 2015-2016 GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 heavy duty trucks manufactured October 29, 2013, to February 1, 2016. On the affected vehicles, the brake pedal pivot nut may loosen, causing the brake pedal to be loose or inoperative. SummaryGeneral Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2015-2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD, 3500 HD, Tahoe, Suburban, GMC Sierra 2500 HD and 3500 HD, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade and Cadillac Escalade ESV vehicles and 2014-2017 Chevrolet Corvette, Silverado 1500, Trax, Caprice Police Pursuit Vehicle, GMC Sierra 1500, Buick Encore, and 2014-2016 Buick Lacrosse, Chevrolet Spark EV and SS vehicles. In the affected vehicles, certain driving conditions may cause the air bag sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) software to activate a diagnostic test.

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During this test, deployment of the frontal air bags and the seat belt pretensioners would not occur in the event of a crash.