Car Makes and Models 2017 BMW X5 – A Versatile Sports Activity Vehicle with TwinPower Turbo V8 Engine

Published on September 13th, 2017 | by Team


2017 BMW X5 – A Versatile Sports Activity Vehicle with TwinPower Turbo V8 Engine

Versatility is the name of the game and the 2017 BMW X5 plays it well. The new BMW X5 is not a traditional SUV, but in fact, BMW calls it an SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) as it doesn’t just offer a powerful off-road performance, but also boasts of a distinct style statement and a smooth city drive. These two attributes are normally not the defining features of an SUV as SUVs are better recognized as brilliant off-road machines with adventurous appeal, rugged design and extra storage space.

BMW X5 comes from the famous 5-Series platform and it is the third-generation of this vehicle. It was also BMW’s first step into the SUV segment at the time of its launch. Today, the X5 SAV has changed, improved and updated and is counted among one of the most stylish vehicles in the large luxury vehicles segment.

Spacious and versatile, the 2017 BMW X5 SAV brings the same high-performance and capabilities that one would expect from a BMW. The 2017 X5 is the “Ultimate Driving Machine,” thanks to its dynamic aerodynamics and superior performance.

The signature kidney grille is still present and so are the multiple powertrain options. It offers the largest cargo space by BMW so that it can carry maximum luggage and gear. As for the seating, the 2017 BMW X5 offers up to three rows of seats and can comfortably seat 5 to 7 passengers.

Stylish, agile and superior, the 2017 BMW X5 is the perfect vehicle for a city drive as it offers confident handling and excellent grip that adds to the comfort of driving this stylish giant. Its solid performance is complemented by advanced safety features that make this SAV more attractive to car buyers who look for a luxurious large vehicle that also offers convenience and safety to passengers with enhanced fuel efficiency.

Here is a review of the 2017 BMW X5 with an in-depth look at its design, performance, safety features and a lot more.

Also read: 2017 BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo – Performance and Style Redefined

Design of 2017 BMW X5

The design of the 2017 BMW X5 makes it one of the most elegant and stylish vehicles available in the SUV segment. The exterior is classy and commanding, while the interior boasts splendor and comfort. With an updated infotainment system and exceptional luxury features, the interior fulfils the commitment of BMW to provide ultimate comfort and convenience to occupants of this majestic SAV.

Design of 2017 BMW X5


The 2017 BMW X5 is a large SAV that has a wagon-like appearance. It has a lower window line and tapered roofline, which are normally the defining style attributes of a wagon, but the X5 SAV wears these features well and fuses them with its other exterior features effortlessly to express a unique and versatile identity. The all-new BMW X5 is also an extremely lightweight vehicle as a lot of weight has been taken off from it by removing the extra styling from the haunches.

However, the sharp lines at the sides of the vehicle are taken all the way back to the LED taillights that add a wedge shape to its rear. At the front of the vehicle is the signature kidney grille that blends well with the Xenon Adaptive Headlights which comes with Corona headlight rings and dynamic auto-leveling system.

The matte black roof rails, non-metallic paint, high-gloss black Aeroblades and the chrome trims create a very pleasing effect that makes the 2017 X5 a sight to behold. The light alloy, V spoke wheels are fitted with the 19-inch all-season run flat tyres that add to the utility and commanding appeal of the vehicle.

At the rear of the vehicle, a roof spoiler with center brake lights retains its distinctive X5 looks. The slightly curved taillights with their chrome accents, a lower bumper, and chrome tipped exhaust have maintained their previous design.

2017 BMW X5 - Exterior


The cabin of the 2017 BMW X5 is luxurious enough to bring plenty of comfort and space to every passenger. The comfort of the rear seats has been enhanced and now has better foam padding, while the third-row seat can increase the seating capacity from 5 to 7 passengers. The third row seats are equipped with their own climate control so that luxury and convenience is available to all passengers of the vehicle at all times.

The driver and the front passenger can enjoy the 14-way power adjustable seats that come with 4-way lumbar support and 3 stage heated function. All seats are upholstered in Black SensaTec leather for a more lavish feel. The cabin features Poplar Wood trim that enhances the look of the interior and makes it more luxurious.

The rear seats have 40/20/40 split-folding function so that the cargo space can be enhanced by up to 76.7 cubic feet. Other than that, the cargo area is very functional, thanks to the two cargo rails, a tensioning strap, four fastening points and a rear cargo net.

Right at the front of the driver is a 3-spoke, leather-wrapped multi-function sports steering wheel. For entertainment, there is a HiFi Sound System with 9 speakers, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and a lot more to make the ride even more pleasurable for the passengers.

The interior is also available with Premium Package, M Sport, Ivory White Interior Design Package, Mocha Interior Design Package and Bang & Olufsen high-quality Surround Sound system with 16 active speakers.

2017 BMW X5 - Interior

Comfort and Convenience Features

For the comfort and convenience features, the 2017 BMW X5 comes with a wide range of advanced features that take the luxury of this vehicle to an entirely new level. Some of its highlighting comfort and convenience features include:

  • Fully Automatic Panoramic Moonroof
  • Automatic Climate Control with Separate Left/Right Temperature
  • Power-Adjustable Steering Column
  • Active-Charcoal Micro-Filter Ventilation
  • Power Tailgate
  • 10.2-inch iDrive Touchscreen
  • Privacy Glass
  • Multiple Power Outlets

Optional features include Wi-Fi hotspot, Wireless Charging Pocket, two additional 10.2-inch screens for rear passenger entertainment and a lot more.

Also read: 2017 BMW i8 – An Innovative Plugin Hybrid with a Futuristic Design

Performance of 2017 BMW X5

Designed to take on any kind of road and terrain, the 2017 BMW X5 is a powerful vehicle that comes with two engine options for the UAE car market. In other markets of the world, BMW X5 is available as a rear-wheel driver SAV, but for the UAE, the brand offers only the all-wheel drive option. It comes with features such as Dynamic Performance Control for the smooth distribution of power to the rear axle and Active Roll Stabilization that minimizes body roll and enhances the handling of the vehicle.

The new BMW X5 comes with two engine options. The first option is a 3.0-litre Inline 6-cylinder (I6) TwinPower Turbo engine that comes with Double-VANOS, Valvetronic Variable Intake, and High Precision Direct Fuel Injection systems. Due to this, the vehicle does not face the turbo lag and offers consistent performance. This engine is capable of producing 300 horsepower and a torque of 300 lb-ft. With this 3.0-litre engine, the SAV can go from 0 to 60mph in just 6.1 seconds.

The other option available is the 4.4-litre TwinPower Turbo V8 “reverse-flow” engine with Valvetronic, High Precision Direction Injection System, and two twin-scroll turbochargers. Thanks to these features, the 2017 X5 is capable of generating 445 horsepower and a torque of 480 lb-ft. With this engine, this SAV can go from 0 to 60mph in just 4.7 seconds.

Both of these engines are paired with an 8-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission with Sport and Manual shift modes and Adaptive Transmission Control. Also, the vehicle will have Driving Dynamics Control with ECO PRO mode, regardless of which engine you choose.

Performance of 2017 BMW X5

Safety Features

Advanced safety features have always been a strong suit of BMW vehicles and the 2017 BMW X5 does not lack in this department as well. The all-new BMW X5 SAV is fitted with a wide range of safety features to ensure that the driver feels confident while driving this agile large sports activity vehicle.

Here are some of the noteworthy safety features of the 2017 BMW X5:

  • Automatic-Locking Retractors
  • Rollover Sensor
  • Programmable Daytime Running Lights
  • BMW Assist Ecall
  • Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification
  • LATCH Attachments For Child-Restraint Safety Installation
  • Front- And Rear-Compartment Head Protection System
  • Dynamic Cruise Control
  • Dynamic Stability Control
  • Brake Fade Compensation
  • Start-Off Assistant
  • Brake Drying
  • Brake Stand-By Features
  • Dynamic Traction Control
  • Dynamic Brake Control

2017 BMW X5 - Safety Features

Price of 2017 BMW X5 in the UAE

The 2017 BMW X5 SAV is already available in the UAE. The price of the 2017 X5 with I6 engine starts at AED 320,000, while the price of the 2017 X5 with V8 engine starts at AED 375,000. No doubt, it is one of the most expensive vehicles in its segment, but its advanced safety features, superior performance and wonderful luxuries are worth the money spent on it.

Price of 2017 BMW X5 in the UAE

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