But, of course, a gallon of gas was about a buck back then, and it was a much different world. Both the choice of materials as well as the arrangement and geometry of the support bars, braces and mounts on both models are based on an overall concept combining maximum crash safety with supreme agility in both models. The cooling effect provided through the direct injection of fuel allows a higher compression ratio than on a turbocharged engine with conventional manifold injection. Third-row seating is small, but better than some in the class. With this ideal combination of tyre sizes in the interest of driving dynamics, both models optimise the transmission of power to the rear wheels as well as the precise and exactly controllable steering behaviour ensured in each case. Outstanding stopping power with fade reduced to a minimum is guaranteed by the high-performance M brake system, which combines giant four-piston fixed calipers at the front with floating calipers at the rear, combined in each case with large, internally-vented lightweight brake discs.
The M Sports package also includes special tailpipes for the exhaust system. Interaction of the striking contour line on the level of the door openers and the powerful sill-line creates a subtle wedge shape, precise transitions between convex and concave surfaces also characterising the dynamic look of the vehicle. The turbocharged M V8 engine develops its outstanding power with remarkable efficiency. The newest entry, the 3. A simple click of the iDrive controller lets you switch the view to top-down that shows objects on the sides and to the rear of the car. This interaction is carried over to the special M-style rear-view mirrors identical in design on both models. M Sports Automatic and M shift paddles on the steering wheel.
An air suspension is standard on the X5 M, but handling is improved by electromagnetic dampers and electronic antiroll bars. Peak torque of 680 Newton-metres or 501 lb-ft, in turn, is maintained consistently throughout a wide speed range from 1,500 to 5,750 rpm. The dashboard and the new Navigation system hard drive based are very user friendly. Innovative driver assistance systems also promote the experience of supreme motoring. The Cayenne took multipoint hits for its modest cargo capacity and its styling—no one could see beauty in that gaping-maw grille. In addition, the Tyre Defect Indicator will inform the driver in good time of a gradual loss of air pressure.
These settings let you tailor what happens to the car when you push the M button on the steering wheel. To quickly and reliably process data, Adaptive Drive uses the high-speed FlexRay data transmission system. The only real complaints with the X5 can be traced back to the curiously complex iDrive controller responsible for audio, navigation, and climate control. This also applies to handling. This promotes exceptionally good transmission of power to the rear axle and precise, razor-sharp steering behavior of both models. Otherwise, its route guidance is excellent with the system providing useful graphics for turns and reading out street names.
At 570 litres or almost 20. The affected vehicles have in-tank fuel pumps that may have insufficiently crimped wire contacts. The Efficiency program, in turn, shifts up gears at an early point not only to significantly reduce fuel consumption, but also to allow a relaxed style of motoring using all the engine torque and power available from low engine speeds. Its rearview camera system includes distance and trajectory overlay lines, a useful feature. A top-down view is included in the parking system. I think they did a better job in the X6M. An additional valve in the hydraulic pump of the anti-roll stability unit supplies the delivery pistons with exactly the right amount of hydraulic fluid at any given point in time, reducing the uptake of power by the pump by up to 70 per cent when driving straight ahead at a steady speed.
The cabin tech also offers a lot, but a few features fall short of the cutting edge. It's just too bad about its dismal fuel economy. The iDrive lets you program the steering wheel's M button to customize the X5 M's performance. The outboard fog lamps also serve as cornering lamps. We were pleased when, after setting a destination into downtown San Francisco, it mentioned a couple of traffic problems on the way, each time recalculating our route.
One thing I would recommend to anyone looking at an X5 is look for one with a spare tire so that you can ditch the run flat tires. When changing from Normal to Sport Mode, the system alters not only the Servotronic steering control map, but also the damper setting, with the shock absorbers of the vehicle being significantly stiffened in Sport Mode. As an alternative the driver is able to activate an assistance window in the Control Display presenting further details independently of the main map. When driving the X5 M in normal mode, it did a poor job of disguising the power of its twin turbo V-8. The X5 has plenty of places for stowing cargo, even fitting bins to the doors to help maximize available cabin space. The new M V8 engine with twin-scroll twin turbo technology uses a single exhaust manifold with tuned-length runners, incorporating both cylinder banks and connecting cylinders in carefully-selected pairs. The use of an on-demand electric fuel pump, to mention another example, serves to further reduce the uptake of energy, with the power required by the pressure-controlled pump being reduced by more than 50 per cent under driving conditions in which the engine requires only a small amount of fuel.
To optimise the cooling effect, in turn, the surface of the oil sump made of aluminium again in typical M style comes in a fine ribbed structure. From a handling standpoint, both vehicles are notable for superb balance through careful tuning of xDrive, Dynamic Performance Control, and Dynamic Stability Control with M Dynamic Mode for linear buildup of cornering forces. M-specific cockpit and sophisticated driver assistance systems for even greater ability at the wheel. And last but not least, cruise control with automatic application of the brakes also provides assistance in driving downhill in a controlled mode — even when towing a trailer — by intervening in the brakes wherever necessary. Ultimately this offers the driver an unparalleled standard of performance, agility, balance, and traction, and re-establishes the benchmarks in drivetrain and suspension technology for all types of performance-oriented vehicles.
The combination provided in this case, therefore, brings together superior efficiency with a high standard of supremacy at the wheel. We did end up purchasing the car after our test drive and are very pleased with the transaction at Kuni Lexus of Portland. The six-cylinder version of the X5 is quick enough for most drivers, but heaping on options like third-row seating and the navigation system can jack up the sticker price quickly. And last but not least the Start-Off Assistant makes it much easier for the driver to set off on an uphill gradient, without the vehicle rolling back. M Brakes and tires to match the M Power. A further option in the M Manual mode is to activate the Launch Control feature, which enables the driver to accelerate from a standstill with maximum performance.
And that, in turn, reduces acceleration times: 4. From the steering wheel, the X5 M gives you the capability to take corners at tremendous speed while it remains composed. Then, taking back the gas pedal, the driver is able to terminate the Launch Control process whenever he wishes. Both models come as standard with a lights sensor automatically activating the low-beam headlights as a function of ambient brightness. The lower section of the body is formed by the discreetly contoured rear air dam boasting numerous features inspired by motorsport and with horizontal lines additionally emphasising the wide track of the vehicle. The X5 M pays for its power with thirst, rated at 12 mpg in town and 17 mpg on the highway. Highly recommend the extended warranty, it already paid for itself.