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2008 BMW X5 3.0si AWD

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  • Stock#:
    9163R
  • VIN#:
    5UXFE43588L006776
  • Engine:
    3.0L Straight 6 Cylinder Engine
  • Exterior Color:
    Alpine White
  • Body:
    Sport Utility
  • Transmission:
    Unknown -Call
  • City MPG:
    17
  • Highway MPG:
    23
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2008 bmw x5

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
4.1
69 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (59%)
4 Star - (14%)
3 Star - (16%)
2 Star - (10%)
1 Star - (7%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
4.2
COMFORT
4.5
INTERIOR
4.6
RELIABILITY
3.8
VALUE
2.5

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

In the crossover luxury SUV segment, the 2008 BMW X5 sets the standard for handling and performance. In terms of value and utility, however, many competitors are better.

What's New

After a complete redesign last year, the BMW X5 has only minor changes to standard and optional equipment for 2008. Most noteworthy is that the sunroof is now standard, while a power tailgate option debuts.

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PROS

Nimble handling for this type of vehicle, powerful engines, luxurious and handsome interior, huge list of available features.

Introduction

Ten years ago, the idea of a performance SUV would have been sillier than the thought of a hit TV show featuring Wayne Newton and Marie Osmond dancing about in evening wear to Dolly Parton music. Okay, maybe not sillier, but still pretty eyebrow-raising. Yet the BMW X5 has quelled the notion that SUVs have to be sloppy-handling behemoths. Now in the second year of its second generation, the X5 has a lot more competition than it originally did, as a slew of premium automakers have followed BMW's suit with their own entries that pay more attention to "sport" than "utility."

Last year's complete redesign gave the X5 an added dose of both sport and utility. In terms of the latter, it grew in size (to distance itself from the X3), gaining more cargo capacity and enough space for a third-row seat. (Mind you, that optional folding third row is best suited for children and gymnastically inclined members of the Lollipop Guild.) The interior also can be equipped with BMW's latest selection of high-tech goodies, from optional 20-way power ventilated front seats to HD radio. Of course, the words high-tech and BMW cannot be uttered without a mention of the much-maligned iDrive electronics control interface -- yes, it's better than before, but it's time for BMW to swallow its pride and design a more intelligent system.

In terms of sport, the latest X5 boasts a completely new front suspension design for enhanced handling agility and a refined set of six- and eight-cylinder engines. As wonderfully as the first X5 drove, this second-generation one drives even better. There's more suspension compliance over bumps and harsh pavement, yet the vehicle is still quite agile and responsive when driven aggressively.

For Bimmer-philes and driving enthusiasts needing and/or wanting a midsize SUV, the 2008 BMW X5 is an obvious choice. However, the Acura MDX and Infiniti FX35 (on the lower end in terms of price) and Porsche Cayenne (on the high side) are also SUVs that will elicit plenty of grins around twisty roads. If handling isn't a priority, there are also several other crossovers in the X5's price range that offer a lot more value and utility. But if you can swing the price tag and can live with a little less space, then buying an X5 makes a whole heap more sense than watching Scary Spice rumba across a dance floor.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2008 BMW X5 is a midsize luxury SUV available in two trim levels: 3.0si and 4.8i. Standard equipment on the 3.0si includes 18-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, cruise control, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control, 10-way power front seats with driver memory, a power tilt-telescoping steering column, vinyl "leatherette" upholstery, the iDrive electronics interface and a 12-speaker sound system with two subwoofers, CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. Aside from its larger engine and the addition of leather upholstery, the 4.8i is pretty much identical.

Both trims come with a bevy of optional packages. Most X5s on dealer lots will include the Premium Package, which adds leather upholstery (3.0si), power lumbar support, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and Bluetooth. The Sport Package includes 19-inch wheels, active roll stabilization, electronic dampening control, a sport steering wheel and adjustable front seat thigh support. The Technology Package adds a navigation system with real-time traffic, front and rear parking assist and a rearview camera. Other desirable options include upgraded multi-contouring power front seats with ventilation, a third-row seat, a power liftgate, BMW's active steering, keyless ignition, a rear-seat entertainment system, satellite radio, HD radio, an iPod adapter and a head-up display.

Powertrains and Performance

The BMW X5 comes with either a six-cylinder or V8 engine. The 3.0si is powered by a 3.0-liter inline-6 that produces 260 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque. The 4.8i gets, predictably, a 4.8-liter V8 good for 350 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. In performance testing, the X5 4.8i went from zero to 60 mph in 7 seconds. Fuel economy estimates for 2008 are 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway for the 3.0si, while the 4.8i returns 14 mpg city and 19 mpg highway.

Safety

The X5 comes standard with antilock brakes, traction control, stability control, brake drying and standby features, a rollover sensor, front side airbags and side curtain airbags for the first and second rows. A rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors are optional. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2008 BMW X5 its highest score of "Good" for both the frontal-offset and side impact crash tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

The new X5's interior is one of the most elegant BMW has ever built. The dash is gently curved, with handsome wood inlays, generously sized air vents, oversized instrumentation and a truly gorgeous soft-feeling top that unifies the whole design. The only sour notes are the all-in-one iDrive controller and the optional third-row seat. Despite recent improvements, the iDrive system still annoys many drivers with its complexity, and the third-row seat is acutely lacking in spaciousness, even compared with those in other midsize crossover SUVs. Although not a deal-breaker, the electronic gear selector is also rather odd, resembling a joystick found on the bridge of the starship Enterprise. With the second- and third-row seats folded, the X5 has 75 cubic feet of cargo space available, which is about average for this class of vehicle.

Driving Impressions

The 2008 BMW X5 is simply one of the best-handling midsize luxury SUVs you can buy. Some competitors offer more utility and many are more adept off-road, but the X5 does an amazing job of taking the sensations and talents of BMW's legendary sport sedans and translating them over to the SUV world. This is particularly true when it is fitted with the optional active dampers and stabilizers. The optional active steering system does indeed ease parking maneuvers as it sharpens the steering ratio considerably at low speeds, though the downside is reduced steering feel. The X5 has an agreeable ride quality, but those looking for a Lexus-like comfy-couch ride may find this Bimmer a little harsh.

Read our 2008 BMW X5 Long-Term 20,000-Mile Test

Factory Installed Options

  • STANDARD PAINT

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort
  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Cargo Shade
  • Climate Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Floor Mats
  • Fog Lamps
  • Front Reading Lamps
  • HID headlights
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Mirror Memory
  • Multi-Zone A/C
  • Panoramic Roof
  • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Outlet
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Rear Defrost
  • Security System
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
  • Sun/Moon Roof
  • Trip Computer
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
Drivetrain & Engine
  • All Wheel Drive
  • Gasoline Fuel
  • Transmission w/Dual Shift Mode
Entertainment
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • CD Player
  • MP3 Player
  • Premium Sound System
Safety
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • ABS
  • Brake Assist
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Front Head Air Bag
  • Front Side Air Bag
  • Headlights-Auto-Leveling
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag Sensor
  • Rear Head Air Bag
  • Rollover Protection Bars
  • Stability Control
  • Traction Control
Seat & Trim
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Power Passenger Seat
  • Seat Memory
  • Woodgrain Interior Trim
Tires & Wheels
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Tire Pressure Monitor

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features
  • 2-piece tailgate w/soft-close feature
  • 2-stage dual front smart airbags w/dual-threshold deployment
  • 2nd row split-folding seats-inc: flush-fold function, fold-up center armrest, headrests
  • 3.0L DOHC 24-valve I6 engine-inc: double-VANOS steplessly variable valve timing, Valvetronic, 3-stage induction system
  • 4-wheel ventilated pwr disc brakes-inc: brake fade compensation, brake standby, brake drying, auto hold function
  • 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission-inc: OD, adaptive transmission control, sport & manual modes, electronic selector
  • Adaptive brakelights
  • Advanced crash safety management-inc: unlock doors, hazard lights on, battery safety terminal (disconnects starter, alternator & fuel pump)
  • All-position 3-point safety belts w/belt force limiters
  • BMW ambiance lighting
  • BMW kidney grille w/black vertical bars
  • Body-color bodyside cladding
  • Body-color door handles
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Courtesy lights-inc: fade in/out feature, dual front reading lights, front footwell lighting, (2) cargo compartment lights in tailgate
  • Direct ignition system w/knock control
  • Double wishbone multi-link front suspension-inc: aluminum thrust plate, coil springs
  • Dual exhaust system
  • Dual front sun visors w/illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Dynamic cruise control
  • Electric water pump & volume-controlled oil pump
  • Electromechanical parking brake
  • Electronic analog speedometer & tachometer
  • Electronically controlled engine cooling
  • FM diversity antenna system
  • Front fog lights
  • Front passenger OC3 seat-occupation recognition
  • Front safety belt pretensioners
  • Front side-impact airbags
  • Front/rear cupholders
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Front/rear head protection system
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • iDrive system-inc: on-board computer, 6.5" color display, (5) menus, controller, (6) programmable memory keys
  • Integral 4-link rear suspension-inc: aluminum upper & lower arms, aluminum wheel carriers, coil springs
  • Interlocking side-impact intrusion beams
  • LATCH attachments for 2nd row outboard seats
  • LCD main & trip odometers
  • Matte-black side window frame trim
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Prep for CD changer
  • Prep for trailer hitch
  • Pwr upper & lower locking gloveboxes
  • Rear roof spoiler w/separation edges
  • Rear window defroster
  • Remote tailgate release
  • Roof rails
  • Seatback storage compartments
  • Smokers pkg-inc: ashtray & lighter
  • Storage compartments in all (4) doors
  • TeleService activation
  • Tire pressure monitor
  • Toolkit
  • Twin-tube gas-pressure shocks
  • Vehicle key & memory
  • xDrive full-time all-wheel drive system w/front/rear torque split
  • Xenon adaptive automatic headlights-inc: dynamic auto-leveling, auto headlight control, cornering lights
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