BMW X5 xDrive 30d Design Pure Experience 7 Seater is the top end variant in its model lineup. It is competing with the likes of Audi Q7, Mercedes Benz M Class and other such contenders in its segment. This variant comes with an eye catching appearance and is fitted with a number of striking features. The list includes a large kidney shaped grille with a lot of chrome treatment, neatly crafted headlight cluster, a classy set of 18-inch alloy wheels and so on. It is also bestowed with an exclusive character package that features several styling aspects including tailpipes with matte chrome finish, remote control key with buttons in chrome, bumpers with titanium inserts, decorative side moldings, stainless steel override guards all over and exterior mirrors along with B and C pillars finisher in black high gloss. At the same time, the company has given it a spacious internal cabin, which can easily accommodate seven passengers. It has cutting edge features like a 360 degree camera for parking assistance, an innovative instrument cluster with road sign information, and a ventilation system with black panel. For best in-car entertainment this variant is blessed with a sophisticated Harman Kardon surround sound system.
Starting with the side profile, it is quite lustrous and designed with a few strong character lines and chrome plated window sill. The external door handles and wing mirrors are in body color, while the B pillars get black sash tape. The neatly crafted wheel arches are equipped with a set of 18-inch, V-spoke style alloy wheels that further enhances its sporty appeal. The electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors come with heating as well as memory function. The front facade of this sports utility vehicle has a large body colored bumper, which houses an air intake section for cooling the engine. This air dam is surrounded by a couple of round shaped LED fog lamps. Its bumper is fitted with aluminum finished protective cladding that prevents the vehicle from any minor damages. The sleekly crafted headlight cluster is incorporated with signature adaptive LED headlamp rings along with side turn indicator. Not only this, it also has LED daytime running lights that add to the elegance. In the center, it has a kidney bean shaped radiator grille, which has a lot of chrome treatment on it. At the same time, its rear profile is designed with a windscreen, which is surrounded by a thick glossy black guard along with a body colored roof spoiler. It is further accompanied with LED high mounted stop lamp. The best part about the rear is their luminous taillight clusters that is equipped with LED based brake and reverse lamps. The bumper is further equipped with a pair of reflectors along with two chrome plated exhaust pipes.
The spacious internal cabin is designed in a dual tone color scheme, it is further complimented by ambient lighting and wood inserts. The dashboard has a sleek design and comes with wood lining along with a glossy black sash tape. It is equipped with a three spoke leather covered steering wheel with multifunctional switches, chrome accentuated AC vents and a large glove box with cooling effect. The central console comes with an illuminated gearshift box, control switches and several other utility aspects. In terms of seating, it is incorporated with ergonomically designed seats, which offers ample leg space and head room for all passengers. The rear bench seat comes with split foldable facility, which helps in increasing the boot volume of car. Apart from these, the car maker has equipped the cabin with several utility based aspects include cup and bottle holders, interior rear view mirror with automatic anti dazzle function, assist grips, storage unit, glove box compartment and several other such aspects.
Engine and Performance:
Under the bonnet, this model series is fitted with a sophisticated 3.0-litre, diesel engine that comes with a displacement capacity of 2993cc. It is integrated with a DOHC based engine with the latest common rail direct fuel injection system. It helps in producing a maximum mileage of 15.35 Kmpl on the bigger roads and about 12.28 Kmpl within the city limits. This engine comes with twin-power turbo charging unit, which enables it to produce a maximum power of 258bhp at 4000rpm that results in a peak torque output of 560Nm between just 1500 to 3000rpm. This commanding torque output is transmitted to all the four wheels in the form of AWD layout via an 8-speed automatic transmission gearbox. It allows the SUV to attain a top speed of 230 Kmph approximately, while breaching the 100 Kmph speed barrier in just about 6.9 seconds from a standstill.
Braking and Handling:
As far as its braking is concerned, this luxury trim is bestowed with a sophisticated disc braking mechanism that is further accompanied with high performance brake calipers. The company has fitted its front wheels with sophisticated ventilated disc brakes, whereas its rear ones have been bestowed with conventional disc brakes. In addition to these, it is also equipped with electronic stability program and several other traction control functions, which keeps the vehicle stable. At the same time, it is blessed with a sophisticated adaptive suspension package that features air suspension system on both front and rear axles. This system is accompanied by driver experience control that offers two different modes including Sport and Sport+. Then it has an active steering system that provides precise response depending on the speed levels and minimizes the efforts required by the driver.
This variant has an automatic air conditioning unit along with four zone control and extended rear AC vents that keeps the entire cabin cool. It is incorporated with rear seat entertainment system that features two separate color displays along with a DVD drive, which keeps the passengers entertained throughout their journey. The adaptive cruise control helps in maintaining a steady speed on the highways as set by the driver. The presence of BMW Driving Experience control is the most advanced feature that provides the desired driving style with the help of ECOPRO, Comfort and Sport modes. It also has BMW ConnectDrive, which includes BMW apps, Bluetooth with handsfree and USB interface, extended Bluetooth with audio streaming, voice control, office functions and contact photo display. It also supports HiFi loudspeaker system with nine speaker that enhances the ambiance of its cabin. Then it also has an iDrive with 16.5cms touchscreen display, which supports DVD player, integrated hard drive for maps and audio files.
The list of protective aspects include airbags, three-point ELR belts, an advanced active protection and attentiveness assist function, dynamic stability control, cornering brake control and dynamic stability control program. The company has given it a sophisticated electronic vehicle immobilizer unit with crash sensor that keeps the vehicle protected from unauthorized persons. Apart from these, this SUV is bestowed with a hill start assist function, ISOFIX child seat mounting, run flat tyres indicator, an electric parking brake with auto hold function, side impact protection, warning triangle with protection kit and several other advanced features. It has robust tyres with reinforced side walls along with runflat indicator that warns the driver with a light when there is a slight drop in tyre pressure.
1. Exceptional engine performance.
2. Good for off-roading.
1. Cost of spare parts is quite expensive.
3. Authorized service stations are less.