Feel a need for speed in your crossover ute? Check out the turbocharged 2012 BMW X5 M. This nimble 5-passenger mini-SUV can get up to 130 mph and hang with the best of them on twisty back roads. The secret is a standard direct-injection twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 and its accompanying 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, complemented by a precise sport-tuned suspension The V8 turbo pounds out 555 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, with variable valve timing (VVT) allowing 12 mpg city/17 highway. For those hauling, say, polo ponies around, the X5 M can accommodate up to 6,000 pounds of towing, and will tote up to 1,102 pounds of wine and caviar in back for the after-match gathering. Running late? A lot of peaks and valleys on the way? No problem, as this handy ute offers descent control and driver-selectable Normal, Sport and M Manual modes, not to mention steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters with the well-wrought 6-speed automatic. Finally, don’t let a bit of weather disrupt any plans, for this stud is delivered with Beemer’s xDrive full-time intelligent all-wheel-drive technology, whereby traction is constantly computer monitored, with the mechanical center differential and the center and rear limited-slip differential setup automatically transferring power from the wheels that slip to those that grip.
Naturally, the X5 M is lavishly endowed with such necessities as a standard power sunroof and rear spoiler, not to mention a power liftgate, for making that trek to the backcountry or the office not only speedy, but stylish and comfortable as well. Inside, premium leather is lavished on heated power-adjustable bucket seats with driver memory settings, while leather and alloy cabin accents ensure a feeling of luxury, with remote power door locks, power windows and heated power-adjustable outside mirrors doing their bit. Cruise control, a universal remote garage door opener and telescoping tilt-wheel steering all contribute to convenience, while dual-zone climate control, with Sun Sensor technology monitoring lighting and cabin climate, help ensure a properly relaxed atmosphere. Passengers and crew, meantime, will be entertained by the standard 600-watt, single-CD player with its 10 premium speakers. Finally, Bluetooth-interfaced iDrive audio and communications manipulation is balanced by a hard-drive-based navigation system, and real-time traffic alerts ensure a direct and hassle-free journey.
Options for this high-end crossover consist of a number of packages, including the Active Ventilated Seat Package with its multi-contour ventilated front seats and active driver’s seat, as well as the 850-watt, satellite-radio-endowed Enhanced Premium Sound Package. The Cold Weather Package, meanwhile, boasts a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats, while summer months are made bearable with available four-zone climate control. But wait, that’s not all. Standalone options include keyless ignition, a 6-CD changer, rear-seat DVD entertainment and BMW Apps for limited internet and email services delivered to personal iPhones.
Safety-wise, the 2012 X5 M boasts standard 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, active front headrests and side-mounted front airbags, just for starters. Then there are such standard items as lane-departure warning, front and rear parking sensors, daytime running lights, self-leveling high-intensity-discharge headlights, brake drying and a remote antitheft alarm. Standard BMW Assist emergency telecommunication services, meanwhile, ensure instant emergency response in the event of an accident. Finally, the available Driver Assist Package provides a head-up display and rear-view camera with Top View capability, as well as auto hi-lo-beam headlights, while an available side-view camera provides a bit of help on blind corners.
|Air Conditioning||Active charcoal air filtration · Automatic climate control front air conditioning · Dual front air conditioning zones|
|Airbags||Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags · Front and rear side curtain airbags|
|Audio System||Antenna Type: diversity · Audio security system · Auxiliary audio input: USB, jack, iPod/iPhone integration · Single disc in-Dash CD · MP3 player: CD MP3 Playback · Radio: HD radio, AM/FM · Radio Data System · Sirius-ready satellite radio · 2 subwoofers · 16 Total Speakers · 600 watts|
|Brakes||ABS: 4-wheel · Brake drying · Braking assist · Cornering brake control · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 15.6 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 15.2 · Rear brakes: ventilated disc · Regenerative Braking System|
|Comfort Features||Steering wheel trim: leather|
|Convenience Features||Cargo area light · Center console: front console with storage · Cruise control · Cupholders: rear, front · Dimming rearview mirror: auto-dimming · Memorized settings: side mirrors, climate control, driver seat, audio system, 2 driver, steering wheel · Multi-function remote: keyless entry · One-touch windows: 4 · Power outlet(s): front and rear · Power steering: speed-proportional · Power windows: lockout button · Push-button start · Reading lights: front, rear · Steering wheel: tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: cruise controls, paddle shifter, audio · Storage: cargo tie-down anchors and hooks, door pockets, cargo net, front seatback · Universal garage door opener · Vanity mirrors: dual illuminating|
|Driver Seat||Adjustable lumbar support: power · Heated · Height adjustable · Power adjustments: 14|
|Drivetrain||4WD Type: full time|
|Exterior Features||Door handle color: body-color · Exhaust: quad exhaust tips · Front bumper color: body-color · Mirror color: body-color · Rear bumper color: body-color · Rear spoiler · Rear spoiler color: body-color|
|Headrests||Front headrests: adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 3|
|Instrumentation||Compass · External temperature display · Tachometer · Trip computer · Warnings and reminders: lamp failure, low fuel, engine oil, coolant, tire fill alert|
|Lights||Daytime running lights · Front fog lights · Headlight cleaners · Headlights: Xenon, self-leveling, adaptive, Auto on/off|
|Mirrors||Exterior mirrors: power, power folding, auto-dimming, reverse gear tilt|
|Passenger Seat||Adjustable lumbar support: power · Heated · Height adjustable · Power adjustments: 14|
|Rear Seats||Center armrest: folding with storage|
|Roof||Moonroof: with wind deflector, sliding sunshade, tilt, remote operation, power glass, one-touch open/close|
|Safety||Active head restraints: front and rear, driver · Child safety locks · Child seat anchors · Parking sensors: front and rear|
|Seatbelts||Front seatbelts: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters: front · Seatbelt pretensioners: front|
|Seats||Front seat type: sport · Rear headrests: adjustable · Rear seat folding: split · Upholstery: leather|
|Security||2-stage unlocking doors · Anti-theft alarm system: with engine immobilizer · Power door locks|
|Stability and Traction||Roll Stability Control · Stability control · Traction control|
|Suspension||Air Suspension · Front Arm Type: lateral links · Front Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: strut · Rear Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: multi-link · Stabilizer bar(s): front, rear|
|Telematics||Navigation system: DVD navigation system, with voice recognition · Phone: voice activated · Phone wireless data link: Bluetooth · Satellite communications: BMW Assist|
|Tires||Run flat · Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: performance|
|Tires and Rims||Wheels: alloy|
|Windows||Front wipers: variable intermittent, rain sensing · Heated windshield washer jets · Power windows: remote operation · Privacy glass · Rear defogger · Rear wiper|