F15 BMW X5 arrives in Oz from Nov 2013; digital radio for V8 models

BMW’s third generation X5 will arrive in Australian showrooms from November 2013. While it’s practically an all new car, it looks little different to the previous generation model.


The F15 X5 range kicks off with the A$99,990 xDrive 30d, which features 19-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, automatic high beams, auto-dimming wing and rear vision mirrors, electronic front seat adjustment, automatic tail-gate, and LED front fog lights. The audio system features BMW’s “professional” nav system, voice control, and internet connectivity.

Next up is the A$133,900 xDrive 50i that, along with a V8 petrol engines, brings with it 20-inch alloys, adaptive suspension, LED headlights and front fog lights, surround view cameras, head-up display, an active cruise control system that works in stop/start city traffic, and heated front seats. The xDrive 50i also features a Harman/Kardon surround sound system and DAB+ digital radio.

The top-of-the-range (for now) A$147,900 xDrive M50d adds adaptive LED headlights, and a sportier M adaptive suspension.

Power, performance, economy

  xDrive 30d xDrive 50i M50d
Displacement 3-litre 4.4-litre 3-litre
Cylinders Straight 6 V8 Straight 6
Turbocharger/s 1 2 3
Fuel Diesel Petrol Diesel
Power 190kW
(258hp)
330kW
(450hp)
280kW
(381hp)
Torque 560Nm
(413lb-ft)
650Nm
(479lb-ft)
740Nm
(546lb-ft)
0 to 100km/h 6.9s 5.0s 5.3s
Top speed 230km/h
(143mph)
250km/h
(155mph)
250km/h
(155mph)
Fuel economy (EU) 6.2L/100km
(45.6mpg)
10.5L/100km
(26.9mpg)
6.7L/100km
(42.2mpg)
CO2 emissions (EU) 164g/km 244g/km 177g/km

Dimensions, weight and capacity

Length: 4,886mm (+32mm compared to E70 X5)
Width: 1,938mm (+5mm)
Height: 1,762mm (-4mm)
Wheelbase: 2,933mm (no change)
Weight (DIN): 2,145kg (xDrive 30d) – 2,265kg (M50d)
Boot space (seats up/down): 650L – 1870L
Tank size: 85L

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Derek Fung

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Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]