A midsize crossover SUV, the 2016 BMW X5 comes in 35i, 35d, 40e and 50i trim levels. All have all-wheel drive (xDrive), though there is also a rear-drive version of the 35i available (sDrive). The 40e is the new plug-in hybrid model and arrives later in the model year. (The high-performance X5 M is reviewed separately.) Five-passenger seating is standard, and an optional third-row seat increases capacity to seven.
Standard equipment for the 35i and 35d includes 19-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, LED foglights, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, automatic wipers, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, roof rails, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, "SensaTec" premium vinyl upholstery, heated 10-way power front seats (with four-way power lumbar) and driver memory settings. Electronics features include BMW Assist, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a 10.2-inch central display screen, the iDrive controller, a navigation system, voice controls, traffic reporting and a nine-speaker sound system with a CD player, USB and auxiliary audio inputs and HD radio. Look for a very similar equipment list on the xDrive 40e, which also gets standard adjustable suspension dampers and rear air suspension (optional on all other X5s) along with hybrid-specific instrumentation and additional iDrive menu items.
The X5 xDrive50i builds on the 35 models' equipment list with standard keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, 16-way power (multicontour) front seats, four-zone climate control, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, satellite radio and a rearview camera.
Many option packages are available to help you customize your X5. Starting things off are three optional equipment lines -- Luxury, xLine and M Sport -- that include different wheel designs (up to 20 inches), color schemes and trim and upholstery types. M Sport also includes sport front seats and shift paddles for the transmission.
From here, the Premium package for the 35i and 35d adds keyless ignition and entry, four-zone climate control, satellite radio and leather upholstery, while the Luxury Seating package gets you the multicontour front seats with added ventilation (ventilated seats are a separate option for the 50i). The Cold Weather package includes a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats.
The Driver Assistance package features a rearview camera and a head-up display (35i and 35d). To this, the Driver Assistance Plus package adds adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera and a long list of driver safety aids highlighted in the Safety section of this review. The Dynamic Handling package (xDrive models only) adds an enhanced all-wheel-drive system and a body roll mitigation feature for improved road holding. The Lighting package bundles upgraded adaptive LED headlights and automatic high-beam headlight control.
Other options for the 2016 BMW X5 include active steering (xDrive models only, excluding the 40e), a sportier adaptive M suspension (not available on 40e), automated parking assist, soft-close automatic doors, upgraded and/or extended leather upholstery, upgraded interior trim, smartphone app integration and rear window manual sunshades. All X5s except the hybrid can be equipped with second-row comfort seats (with fore/aft and recline adjustment) and a third-row seat (includes the rear air suspension). You can also order a deluxe Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system and a night-vision camera system.
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