• 2007 BMW X5

    2007 bmw x5

The larger second generation moves farther from the X3, with third-row seating, refined ergonomics, and an improved four-wheel-drive system, Dynamic xDrive.

  • 2007 BMW X5
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Transmission:
    6-Speed Automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    350 @ 6300
  • Torque @ RPM:
    350 @ 3400-3800
  • Displacement:
    5335 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7.8 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    126.8 mph
  • body style:

An All-New Design for BMW’s Benchmark Sports Activity Vehicle Resets the Standard for Performance, Handling, Practicality and Safety

When it arrived nearly seven years ago, BMW’s X5 could have simply added another respected premium nameplate to the ranks of sport-utility vehicles. Instead, it redefined the class. BMW’s description of that original X5 as a “Sports Activity Vehicle“ represented a new approach to the concept of a traditional SUV—one that linked handling, performance and agility to the conventional attributes of practicality, versatility and off-road ability.

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Before its launch, some skeptics raised serious doubts about “a BMW sport-utility vehicle.” But with seven years of acclaim by owners and critics, and some 580,000 X5s produced in BMW’s Spartanburg, South Carolina factory, the X5 has become the very definition of sporting SUVs – or, as BMW prefers to categorize it, the iconic Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). And for 2007, BMW refines that definition with an all-new X5, one that includes an even higher level of achievement in each of those original concepts.

At the same time, specific goals were set to keep the X5 abreast of the competition. These included optional 7-passenger seating, which would increase the X5’s practicality without compromising its established constellation of attributes. In addition, enhanced variability and versatility, such as fold-flat rear seats, roomier cargo area and automatic tailgate, provide even greater flexibility of usage. It is this cluster of key attributes that has made SUVs in general so popular. Finally, the new X5 had to include an expanded offering of options to satisfy customers’ ever-growing expectations. In addition to the all-important 3rd-row seating, new possibilities would include Active Steering, Active Roll Stabilization, Electronic Damping Control, rearview camera and variable 2nd-row seating.

In addition, all the attributes present in that original X5 have been thoroughly enhanced in this new model. As in previous years, the X5 offers a choice of 6-cylinder or V-8 performance: the X5 3.0si and the 4.8i, both of them with better performance and excellent efficiency. The flagship 4.8i boasts BMW’s all-aluminum Valvetronic V-8, boosted to 4.8 liters and 350 horsepower. The 3.0si features BMW’s new 260-horsepower aluminum/magnesium inline-6. Standard equipment on both models is a new 6-speed STEPTRONIC automatic; in a change from previous years a 6-speed manual is no longer available in the X5. BMW’s outstanding xDrive all-wheel-drive system continues, enhanced via a closer link between the xDrive electronics and the X5’s Dynamic Stability Control to provide even quicker, more accurate response. 

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The rising demands of the class also required a clean-sheet chassis, with modest increases in virtually all interior and exterior dimensions. The result provides real advantages in terms of space, comfort and carrying capacity without turning the X5 into a “really big SUV.” Despite the increase, the 2007 X5 remains within the mid-size class. With an overall length of 191.1 inches, the X5 still tapes in well under such full-size competitors as the Lexus GX 470, Cadillac SRX and Range Rover HSE.

Another key part of that new chassis, the X5’s new front suspension represents a break with a 45-year-old BMW tradition: It’s a double wishbone multi-link design with upper A-arms combined with double-pivot lower links—the first non-strut design since 1961. The company’s departure from its traditional dual-pivot strut front suspension was dictated by customers’ increasing expectations for ride and handling. Combined with a longer wheelbase, wider track and BMW’s revised 4-link Integral rear suspension, the new front design sets new standards for on-road ride and handling, as well as improved all-road ability. In keeping with its original mission, the X5’s focus still places more emphasis on pavement performance, keeping it well abreast of the competition.

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Even with all these changes, the 2007 X5 retains the basic character of the original, which was an additional primary design parameter. As the benchmark vehicle in the class, the X5 needed enhancement, not replacement. Maintaining the balance of its original attributes while raising the level of each was the primary goal, one that makes the X5 all-new, but still familiar. And just like the original, still setting standards.


Design and Function

The first X5 was a master stroke, creating a whole new vehicle category. As the logical evolution, the new X5 looks – and is – even more dynamic, more muscular, more elegant. As the larger and more prestigious of the two Series in this family, the new X5 combines the muscularity of a fullsize SAV with the elegance of a luxury sedan, showing that it is truly top-of-the-line.

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In its exterior dimensions, the new X5 has grown, and its proportions have evolved. The distance from front wheel center to instrument panel is relatively short, moving its optical centerpoint somewhat forward and thus accenting its all-wheel drive. Large wheels and short overhangs emphasize a look (and a reality) of agility. Along with the interior, the wheelbase has grown; both add visual stability and heighten the vehicle’s presence.

The X5’s front view is dominated by BMW’s trademark twin-kidney grille, as well as by its headlights, which are now standard dynamic self-leveling Xenon Adaptive. Adaptive headlights “steer” the headlights themselves and operate at all speeds in response to steering angle, vehicle speed and yaw rate. Luminous rings in all four headlights function as parking lights, but can also serve as daytime running lights. As a new feature in addition to Adaptive headlights, cornering lights employ a special reflector in each foglight to project an angled beam at low speeds and large steering angles.


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he rear of the X5 shows the unique “separation edges” in the new design. Seen in the rear roofline and taillights, these serve as more than mere aesthetic fillips. By smoothing the airflow as it exits, they improve the X5’s aerodynamics, lowering its CD and thereby lowering the X5’s fuel consumption ever so slightly. It was BMW’s goal to make the X5 outstanding in its class, and preliminary testing indicates that BMW has achieved this goal, with aerodynamic drag coefficients of 0.34 for the 3.0si, 0.35 for the 4.8i.

The exterior includes other features designed to improve fuel efficiency. These range from the lightweight plastic fenders and aluminum hood to the slightly flared lower corners of the front air dam, which direct air around the front wheels, lowering the drag produced by the X5’s massive tires.

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Exterior design & function 

  • Impact-absorbing bumpers front & rear with combination body-color & protective black cladding 
  • Xenon Adaptive headlights with dynamic auto-leveling  
  • Cornering lights  
  • Automatic headlight control  
  • High-intensity headlight cleaning system 
  • Daytime Running Lamps via luminous rings  
  • Halogen free-form foglights  
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers  
  • Heated windshield-washer jets  
  • Park Distance Control front & rear, with graphic display  
  • Rearview camera  
  • Ground lighting in door handles  
  • Running boards  
  • Adaptive Brake Lights  
  • Choice of standard or metallic paint  
  • Vertical grille slats  
  • Matte-black side-window trim  
  • Matte-black & chrome side-window trim   
  • High-gloss Satin Chrome Shadowline side-window trim  
  • Rear-window wiper/washer with adjustable wiping interval  
  • Roof rails (accommodate various BMW carrier systems)  
  • Rear roof spoiler with separation edges  
  • Body-color door handles & roof-seam trim  
  • Exterior mirrors in body color/black finish  
  • Power-fold exterior mirrors


Comfort and convenience: the definition of luxury

As an all-new vehicle, the 2007 X5 provided its designers the ideal setting for expanding interior and cargo volume, introducing an array of new amenities and upgrading the general level of technology enjoyed by the driver and passengers. Here, iDrive makes its first appearance in a BMW SAV and incorporates new user-friendly features; shoulder and leg room increases and the standard audio system newly includes two subwoofers.

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Thanks largely to a 4.5-in. increase in the X5’s wheelbase, 7.4-in. greater overall length, 2.3 in. more width and 2.0 in. greater height, the new X5 offers significantly more space for people and cargo. The new measurements translate into –

  •  More shoulder room, +2.0 in. front/+0.3 in. 2nd row
  •  More leg room, +0.7 in. front/+1.2 in. 2nd row
  •  Greater overall passenger volume, +4.8 cu ft.
  •  Increased basic cargo volume, + 2.8 cu ft. 
  •  Greater maximum cargo volume, + 4.6 cu ft. 4

The gain in enclosed volume also makes it possible to offer 3rd-row seating in addition to a wide array of new and existing options. In sum, the new X5 interior represents a major step forward in combining comfort, convenience and versatility with the traditional BMW virtues of driving refinement and agility.

Typical for BMW SAVs is the X5’s “semi-command” driving position, which affords an optimum view of the instrument panel and a feeling of control and driving pleasure. The instrument cluster and center-dash controls and displays are oriented slightly toward the driver, as is the completely new electric transmission selector.

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 At the same level is the iDrive monitor, making its SAV debut and standard in the X5. As always in a BMW, controls are grouped logically and conveniently, and are optimally accessible to the driver. Those likely to be operated by the front passenger are just as accessible from that seat as well.

In addition to the general layout of the new interior, individual features provide a new level of convenience in the ’07 X5.

Vehicle & Key Memory with enhanced features

As part of a longer-term project at BMW to make our vehicles even more adaptable to customer preferences, the newly enhanced Vehicle & Key Memory system incorporates an extensive array of functions. Settings chosen by a particular user (identified by his or her remote) during use of the vehicle are automatically stored, and then recalled the next time that person uses the vehicle. These functions are (* indicates optional feature):

  •  Audio tone settings and presets
  •  Analog or digital (High Definition Radio*) choice
  •  Language of displays and voice functions, display units (metric/English)
  •  iDrive Programmable Memory Keys
  •  Climate-control temperature and air-distribution settings
  •  Seat/steering-wheel/mirror setting
  •  Central-locking preferences (selective unlocking, automatic locking when vehicle is underway)
  •  Lighting preferences
  •  Head-up Display settings
  •  Rearview Camera settings

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Front seating

New for ’07, standard power seats include power head-restraint adjustment, making them 10-way adjustable instead of the previous 8-way. As in the past, the driver’s-seat memory includes steering wheel and exterior mirror settings. Sport seats, of course, are available in the optional Sport Package. 20-way Multi-contour Front Seats are also available either as a stand-alone option or as part of the optional Active Ventilated Seats Package.

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Redesigned console

A redesigned console includes a forward compartment, containing two large cupholders, storage, ashtray, cigarette lighter/power outlet, and auxiliary audio input. The dual left/right armrest lids can be opened and closed separately, so one side can function as an armrest while the other is open. In addition, the console contains the iDrive controller, an accessory power outlet in main storage compartment, and the button to set and release the new electrohydraulic parking brake.

New glove compartment

A passenger airbag positioned closer to the windshield allows for a larger glove compartment. Its 2-door design – upper door opening upward, lower door opening downward – improves access, while its position gives users a good view of its contents. At the touch of a button to the compartment’s left, the doors open electrically; they are closed manually. The compartment is locked by the central locking system.

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Simplified iDrive

The standard iDrive display is in the driver’s primary field of vision, where it can be viewed without undue distraction. The graphics display has been optimized for colors, typography, legibility and contrast under all conceivable light conditions.

Six frequently used functions can be stored on Programmable Memory Keys, which are below the audio system’s CD drive. The user can jump to an often-used menu or function by simply pressing the key where that function is stored. Additionally, the last two keys at the right are dedicated AM/FM and Entertainment Mode buttons.

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Automatic climate control: dual-zone standard, 4-zone optional

The standard X5 climate-control system is a significant upgrade of the previous type. Separate left/right rotary controls provide for temperature settings, while various override controls provide four preset patterns for air distribution to the dash, footwells and windshield. These can also be altered via the iDrive, which can also be used to access the Heat at Rest function and “Climatization styles.” 

A mist sensor, bi-directional solar sensor, active-charcoal micro-filter and maximum a/c settings are also part of this new system. New this year, temperature and volume controlled air vents are now standard in the 3.0si. In addition, temperature and air distribution settings are included in Vehicle & Key Memory on both the 3.0si and 4.8i.

The optional 4-zone system, part of the Rear Climate Package, is described under Packages & options.

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Standard audio system

The standard audio system for the new X5 is a significant upgrade from the previous version. The system includes 12 speakers, along with greater audio power, two subwoofers in BMW’s patented underseat positions, and a new speaker configuration for optimized sound distribution in the interior. The system also provides a single-disc CD player, MP3-CD capability, separate audio input, RDS and Weatherband. With BMW Assist, the system also provides Bluetooth connectivity and audio muting for phone use.

The X5 also offers a range of audio options, including a Premium Sound Package, High Definition Radio, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and a Rear Entertainment System. These are described under Packages & options.

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Upholstery & trim

Leatherette continues as the standard upholstery in the 3.0si model, and is once again available in Sand Beige or Black. The Nevada leather upholstery, standard in the 4.8i and optional in the 3.0si (as part of the Premium Package or a stand-alone option), is upgraded from the previous Dakota leather; it is available in Sand Beige, Black, Gray or the new Tobacco . Also available is Nevada Perforated leather, mandatory in vehicles equipped with Active Seat Ventilation. The perforations appear on the front seats’ center portions; Nevada Perforated leather is a stand-alone option and available only in Sand Beige or Black.

The revised X5 interior also includes upgraded materials on door panels, dash and controls. In addition, a variety of trim materials are available on both the 3.0si and 4.8i, including Graphite (standard 3.0si; not available on 4.8i), Dark Burl Walnut Wood (standard on 4.8i), Light Poplar Wood, or Dark Bamboo wood.

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Rear seating: two or three rows

The X5’s folding 2nd-row seats contribute to the great variety of people- and cargo-carrying configurations that are available in this superbly practical vehicle. Standard features include flush-folding seats for a flat cargo floor, with a fold-up center armrest incorporating dual cupholders. Safety features include head restraints and 3-point safety belts at all three seating positions. 3rd-row seating is described under Packages & options.

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Cargo area: increased capacity and expanded versatility

The 2007 X5 includes a completely reconfigured storage area, beginning with a 15% increase in capacity. This has been achieved partly by the new X5’s greater length, partly by its greater height, and partly by a lower cargo floor made possible by omission of space for a full-size spare wheel and tire. Yet this underfloor space is sufficient to fold the optional 3rd-row seat flat into the floor.

U.S. X5 models come standard with an 18-in. space-saver spare wheel and tire . Because the road tires are run-flat, users may decide to remove the spare tire upon occasion to utilize the full cargo space. A 2-piece tailgate provides access to the rear compartment. The upper portion includes a Soft Close feature for added convenience. The lower section provides a low, 30-in. loading height.



X5 3.0si: The latest edition of BMW’s trademark inline-6 makes the most accessible X5 even more appealing

BMW’s newest 6-cylinder engine makes its debut in the X5 3.0si. This aluminum/magnesium composite inline-6 features the latest engine technology from the company whose middle name is “motor.” Almost all vehicle manufacturers of 6-cylinder engines have adopted the V-6 format, whose compactness is advantageous in small or midsize cars with front-wheel drive. 

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By contrast, BMW’s inline 6-cylinder engines are brilliant for their smoothness and sound, and treasured for these attributes. An increase in fuel efficiency and even tighter control of emissions were also set as goals for this BMW engine generation.

Compared to the previous X5 3.0i model’s engine, the new motor achieves notable progress on all fronts:

  •  Greater power, 260 hp vs. 225 hp – a very impressive 86.8 hp/liter.
  •  Greater torque, 225 lb-ft. vs. 214, and stronger torque characteristics across the broad range of engine speeds. Appropriately for a substantial SAV, the new engine attains its maximum torque at just 2750 rpm.
  •  Higher revving ability. The “redline” is 7000 rpm, vs. 6500 for the previous engine. This allows the X5 driver to “wind out” the engine for maximum acceleration and exciting sound.
  •  Superior fuel efficiency. Even though performance is enhanced, EPA mileage ratings are significantly improved; the city value increases by 1 mpg, the highway by 2, compared to the ’06 X5 3.0i with automatic transmission.
  •  Reduced weight – 22 lb. less. Had BMW engineers developed the previous engine to meet their goals, it would have added about 30 lb. – and thus would have weighed fully 52 lb. more than the new engine actually does.
  •  More compact – Because there is just one external drive belt, vs. the previous two, overall engine length is about an inch shorter. This frees space for other vehicle attributes customers value, such as climate control, passenger’s-side airbag, a capacious glove compartment or impact-absorption capabilities.

The benefits are all part of a concerted effort to make across-the-board improvements in engine performance. These are the result of an array of changes in the new design over the previous inline-6. 

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Much of the weight saving, for instance, is the result of the new engine’s aluminum/magnesium architecture. The engine consists of three major components, a magnesium-alloy bedplate, magnesium-alloy upper crankcase and a silicon-impregnated (Alusil) aluminum-alloy insert. The first two magnesium castings create an extremely rigid, lightweight engine block. The aluminum-alloy insert provides the actual cylinder bores, much like the Alusil crankcase in the X5 4.8i’s V-8 engine. Other weight savings come from such items as new, hydro-formed hollow camshafts, plastic camshaft cover, thinner exhaust header flanges and an aluminum cam-chain tensioner.

Obviously, the adoption of the Valvetronic system plays an important part. Valvetronic varies valve lift to control engine power, dispensing with a conventional throttle. The
2nd-generation system includes a number of minor alterations from the original design, introduced in 2002 in BMW’s V-8 and V-12 engines. More rigid reciprocating parts allow a 500-rpm increase in engine redline, while an increase in valve lift improves top-end performance. The added rigidity also permits faster opening of the intake valves, so they are effectively open longer. Phasing of the two intake valves—where one opens sooner than the other—improves low-load efficiency and cylinder filling.

Complementing these changes, a new intake system features 3-stage induction, which spreads the torque band across a wider rpm range. Likewise, an altered combustion chamber shape and a wider range of variability in the double VANOS valve-timing system also play a role in the power and efficiency improvements. Further modifications, such as all-new engine electronics and higher fuel-injection pressures, increase the accuracy of ignition timing and fuel delivery.

Additional increases in overall efficiency also add a portion of the N52’s performance improvement. Seemingly minor items, such as an electric water pump, variable-volume oil pump and new oil/coolant heat exchanger all provide small improvements, making the new inline-6 more powerful and more fuel efficient. Compared to its most recent predecessor, the new engine delivers a tangible performance boost: 0-60 mph in
7.8 sec. vs. 8.3 for the ’06 X5 3.0i with automatic transmission. The new 6-speed automatic also plays a role in this stronger performance.

X5 4.8i: The original Valvetronic V-8 delivers more power and torque with the same refinement

Under the X5 4.8i hood is a further evolution of this technologically advanced and unique V-8 engine. As such, it continues BMW’s revolutionary Valvetronic system, which controls engine power by varying valve lift instead of relying on a conventional throttle.

With Valvetronic, engine breathing – air induction – is controlled by varying valve lift rather than opening and closing a throttle. At minimum lift, the engine is idling or decelerating; at maximum lift, it delivers full power. Valvetronic varies valve lift according to the driver’s demands for power from the engine.

At smaller openings (lighter loads), a throttle imposes a restriction that incoming air must snake around. This causes so-called “pumping losses,” which take a greater proportion of engine power at lower speeds. By eliminating the throttle , Valvetronic essentially does away with these losses.

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At the high end of the powerband, high valve lift contributes to high “specific power” (hp/liter). With conventional valve systems, where valve lift is always the same, there’s a limit to how high valve lift can be without degrading low-speed operation. With Valvetronic, lift is tailored precisely to operating conditions, and is extra-high at the top end. At the low end, in light-load operation and during idling, operation is especially smooth because valve lift is low.

Complementing the Valvetronic system is a dual-stage induction system, which also helps to improve the engine’s torque production over a wider rpm range. The new, higher torque peak of 350 lb-ft. occurs over a range from 3400 to 3800 rpm, compared to the predecessor’s 3600 rpm. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph is 0.4 sec. quicker, though the perceived performance increase across the speed range may seem more impressive to many drivers.

The result of the increased displacement and additional enhancements improve the X5 4.8i’s performance significantly compared to the 4.4i. The new V-8 adds 35 hp and 26 lb-ft. of torque over previous 4.4-liter engine, yet retains the ultra-refined operation (smoothness) of its predecessor. Even though performance is increased significantly, EPA mileage ratings are little changed.

Standard on both models: an evolved 6-speed STEPTRONIC

Unlike the previous X5, the 2007 includes a 6-speed STEPTRONIC automatic as standard equipment. The previous 6-speed manual on the 6-cylinder X5 has been eliminated. This updated automatic also benefits from a number of refinements in the X5, designed to improve both performance and fuel efficiency—particularly in the case of the previous 5-speed in the 3.0i. Compared to the 5-speed automatic of the previous 3.0i model, the new transmission reduces fuel consumption at cruising speeds.

The new transmission also features an entirely new shifter. Instead of the previous mechanical lever, it is entirely electric/electronic and similar in concept to that of the 7 Series.

 With the X5’s console-mounted lever, Reverse, Neutral and Drive appear “inline” on the lever’s markings, and are selected by tipping the lever forward or rearward. Park is engaged via a separate button at the lever’s top. The transmission’s three modes—Drive, Sport and Manual—are selected by toggling the lever left or right.

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In addition, this new transmission incorporates several new functional improvements that benefit efficiency or drivability. More effective internal vibration damping makes it possible to keep the converter’s lockup engaged more of the time. This means less slippage and a fuel-economy improvement of about 3%. The driver experiences sharper response to the accelerator pedal. Quicker shifting response—up to 40% quicker—means less lag between the time the accelerator pedal is depressed or the shift lever (or paddle) moved and the actual occurrence of a shift. Once a shift is initiated, shifting time is reduced by as much as 50%. Finally, the Adaptive shift control, which adjusts shift characteristics to driving style and conditions, now features three stages instead of two. This provides finer adaptation to driving style and conditions.

An additional advantage of the new shifter is that it provides significant freedom to optimize not only its location on the center console, but its size as well. The result: more space for storage compartments and large cupholders than would otherwise be possible.

New technology to lower emissions and improve fuel economy

The new X5 also utilizes a number of technologies designed to reduce fuel consumption, which in turn lowers CO2 emissions. The approach was to consider all aspects of vehicle operation, with particular attention to reducing friction. The power-steering pump is designed to reduce hydraulic pressure in the system during straight-ahead driving, when no assist is required. In addition, the X5’s new Pentosin power-steering fluid reduces drag in low-temperature operation. Drag-reducing efforts in the differentials include double angular-contact ball bearings, which produce less friction than conventional bearings.


A stronger body structure provides the platform for an all-new suspension

An intensively engineered all-new body structure heightens the X5 capabilities in virtually all respects with only a relatively modest increase in weight. Choice of materials, arrangement and shapes of reinforcing elements, plus distribution of masses front-to-rear and bottom-to-top were all considered in the development of a structure that improves on the original X5’s remarkable capabilities—with respect to handling ability, riding comfort and passive safety. Results include an approximate 15% increase in torsional rigidity.

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This structure makes up the foundation for the X5’s new suspension system, which consists of an all-new double wishbone multi-link front suspension. In place of the traditional strut, this new system has an upper lateral A-arm. The double-pivot lower arms are retained, so that on each side there are three links or arms. While the two lower arms preserve the advantages of the double-pivot strut system, the new upper arms increase the engineers’ ability to optimize the system’s handling and riding comfort.

The original system provided a number of benefits, including excellent steering feel and control, outstanding straight-line stability, and excellent steering return coming out of turns. The design also provided generous space for large brakes—a BMW trademark.

The new system accommodates all these requirements while providing a number of benefits of its own. By isolating the shock from lateral forces, the new system reduces friction and improves ride and handling. The anti-roll bars in this new design mount to the wheel carriers instead of the suspension arms, which increases their effectiveness and allows for smaller, lighter weight bars. Finally, the new design allows more flexibility in both shock absorber tuning and suspension geometry.

Enhancing the new front suspension is a new variable-ratio power steering unit, which quickens steering ratio as the wheels are turned farther from their on-center position. This fine-tunes steering response and reduces the amount of turning required at the steering wheel in tight corners or parking maneuvers.

Complementing this front suspension is a revised version of the previous X5 multi-link Integral rear suspension. This already sophisticated system has been adapted to the new X5’s weight, higher performance, run-flat tires and BMW’s own evolving standards of ride and handling. The new X5 now features aluminum upper and lower lateral arms and wheel carriers to reduce weight. More importantly, the reduction is in unsprung weight, which reduces inertia so the wheels can respond more accurately to uneven road surfaces. Finally, a significantly wider front and rear track on both the 3.0si and 4.8i improves agility, while a longer wheelbase improves ride and increases interior space.

Unique in the segment: Active Steering and AdaptiveDrive.

The new BMW X5 is the first vehicle in its class to offer Active Steering as an option. This advanced system developed by BMW offers the right steering ratio at all speeds. Up to a speed of approximately 55 mph (90 km/h), steering behavior is more direct, meeting the requirements of sporting and active driving. Another advantage is that the driver only has to turn the steering wheel twice from lock to lock. At higher speeds, on the other hand, the Active Steering transmission is more indirect, enhancing the directional stability of the vehicle and, accordingly, driving comfort.

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Active Steering, when ordered, is combined in the new BMW X5 with Servotronic for optimal power steering boost at all speeds. Active Steering can also help to stabilize the X5 should the driver experience the onset of oversteering or understeering in a bend or in particularly demanding brake maneuvers. When applying the brakes on surfaces with varying frictional coefficients (split-friction braking), for example, Active Steering precisely but discreetly countersteers to help the X5 stop in a sure straight line.

Carefully coordinated interaction of the anti-roll bars and shock absorbers by way of AdaptiveDrive, part of the Sport Package in the U.S., is equally unique in this SAV’s segment. This combination of Active Roll Stabilization and Electronic Damping Control gives the new BMW X5 a standard of handling capability and ride quality never seen before in a vehicle of this kind. Using sensors, AdaptiveDrive constantly monitors and calculates data on the road speed of the vehicle, its steering angle, straight-line and lateral acceleration, body and wheel acceleration, as well as height levels. Then, based on this information, the system controls both the swivel motors on the anti-roll bars and the electromagnetic shock-absorber valves, controlling body roll and damping as required at all times. Simply by pressing a button, the driver can choose either a sporting or a more comfortable basic setting of AdaptiveDrive.

World debut: data transfer via FlexRay.

The FlexRay high-speed data transmission system is used for the first time in the industry for fast and reliable coordination of all AdaptiveDrive functions. FlexRay has been enhanced to production standard by a consortium of development companies under the leadership of BMW. This system offers a level of data transfer capacity never seen before. The new BMW X5 is the first vehicle in the world to feature FlexRay technology.

Wheels, tires and brakes: keeping the X5 rolling
BMW’s evolving standards are clearly evident in the wheels, tires and brakes on the new X5. All three factors play significant roles in the ride, handling and safety of the new SAV®, so all three received significant attention in the new vehicles’ design.

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Compared to the predecessor X5 models, the brakes themselves are evolutionary, with ventilated cast-iron rotors all around on both models. The previous X5 3.0i had ventilated front discs and solid rear discs. In comparison to previous models, braking power has been enhanced by larger diameters:

  • X5 3.0si: Compared to ’06 X5 3.0i, rear discs upgraded from 324 mm/12.8 in. solid to 320 mm/12.6 in. ventilated.
  • X5 4.8i: Compared to ’06 X5 4.4i, front discs up from 332 mm/13.1 in. to 348/13.7; rear discs up from 324 mm/12.8 in. to 345/13.6. 4-wheel ventilated discs then and now.

Like the rest of BMW’s 2007 lineup, the X5’s Dynamic Stability Control now includes a range of new braking features: Brake Drying, Brake Stand-by, Brake Fade Compensation and Start-off Assistant. These are in addition to the previously standard Hill Descent Control and trailer stabilization, which have been a part of the X5’s DSC since the vehicle’s introduction.

Maintaining a BMW tradition, each model offers standard or Sport Package wheel-and-tire equipment. Both models now come standard with 18-in. wheels and tires, whereas the previous X5 3.0i had standard 17-in. equipment. Sport Packages for both models include 19-in. wheels with all-season tires (previously 18-in.). In addition, the new 4.8i offers 20-in. equipment as an option in combination with its Sport Package.

Every ’07 X5 also comes with BMW’s run-flat system, which consists of self-supporting tires and wheel rims shaped to help keep a flat tire securely in place. The run-flat system has been further developed for the more-severe driving conditions appropriate to the versatile X5. These tires allow continued driving at speeds up to 50 mph on a completely flat tire for up to 90 miles, depending on the vehicle load.

Another element of the new X5 tire/wheel equipment is the new Tire Pressure Monitoring system. Pressure in each individual tire is measured directly and monitored via telemetry. If pressure in any tire drops by 25% or more, this is indicated to the driver by a warning in the instrument cluster.

xDrive: enhancing X5’s traction and agility, now even more effectively
Like other current all-wheel-drive BMWs, the new X5s incorporate BMW’s advanced xDrive all-wheel drive and traction system. xDrive operates as follows:

  •  Driving torque is always transmitted to the rear wheels, and most of the time to all four wheels. Normal torque split is 60% rear/40% front.
  •  The portion of torque transmitted to the front wheels is controlled by a multi-disc clutch that can be fully open, fully engaged or at any level of partial engagement in between. The torque split between rear and front wheels is thus steplessly variable.
  •  Engagement pressure on the multi-disc clutch is directed by an electronic control system in response to actual road and driving conditions.

xDrive does more than optimize traction; it can also enhance both agility and stability on grippy as well as slippery road surfaces. Via the same type of logic that DSC employs to recognize and correct for excessive over- or understeer, xDrive adjusts the front/rear torque split to avoid these tendencies. If the system senses undesirable oversteer, it closes the multi-disc clutch completely, sending the maximum possible torque to the front wheels. In the case of excess understeer, xDrive opens the clutch completely, sending no driving torque to the front wheels.

The new X5 debut marks a significant evolution in xDrive capabilities, which has always depended upon a networking of Dynamic Stability Control and the xDrive system. Within the overall Integrated Chassis Management system, previously the engine and brake interventions of DSC operated essentially independently of the front-to-rear management of xDrive. Now all three control circuits work in parallel. This refined interaction achieves even quicker reactions to changing driving conditions and enhances xDrive’s already outstanding handling dynamics. 

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Dynamic Cruise Control

DCC is the X5’s new standard cruise control. Like conventional cruise control, its operation is controlled from a combination stalk, but its function differs from past cruise controls in several ways. For instance, it can apply brakes lightly to maintain set speed, and can limit speed on curves. It also allows the driver to vary the acceleration rate to the set speed. Finally, it provides special functions for downhill driving, such as downshifting when appropriate or cutting off fuel flow to maintain speed. It can even compensate for eventual leaks in the brakes’ hydraulic system.


Safety & security: proven technology meets innovation

BMW’s longstanding emphasis on both active and passive safety systems is long established. Anti-lock brakes, Dynamic Stability Control and the Head Protection System all illustrate the emphasis BMW has placed on the safety of its customers through the years. As the newest BMW SAV, the 2007 X5 benefits both from proven systems and the latest safety technology in protecting its occupants.

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Many so-called convenience features—such as Head-up Display, Comfort Access, Automatic Headlight Control or Park Distance Control—also provide a degree of safety or security, even though that might not be their primary function. Some of the active safety features found on the 2007 X5 include:

  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC). This term refers to the fact that when DSC reduces engine power to head off wheelspin, its effect is felt at all four wheels because all four are driven.
  • Automatic Differential Brake (ADB-X). When any individual wheel begins to lose traction and reducing engine power doesn’t bring it under control, DSC applies that wheel’s brake as necessary to stop the wheelspin.
  • Hill Descent Control (HDC). Helps the driver maintain speed and stability on steep downhill runs.
  • Trailer stabilization. Detects unstable swinging motion of towed trailer; applies vehicle brakes selectively and reduces vehicle speed to less than the critical speed for the trailer’s swinging.

Enhanced DSC: In addition to the traditional functions of Dynamic Stability Control, this new system includes several new features:

  •  Dynamic Traction Control. DTC makes its first appearance in xDrive-equipped BMWs in the new X5 and ‘07 X3. By raising the threshold for wheelspin and eliminating brake intervention, DTC can improve utilization of available road traction under specific conditions: on sand, gravel, deep snow, or packed snow; climbing hills with deep or packed snow; when there is deep snow on only one side of the road; when driving with tire chains. Activated or de-activated by a button at dash center.
  •  Brake Fade Compensation. As brake temperature rises, Brake Fade Compensation automatically increases the hydraulic pressure in the brake system relative to pedal application, so the driver does not have to press harder on the pedal.
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  •  Brake Standby. When the driver lifts off the accelerator pedal abruptly, DSC recognizes that sharp braking may be about to occur and applies just enough pressure in the brake system to snug up the pads against the rotors. This minimizes the response time of the braking system.
  •  Brake Drying. Acting on input from the rain sensor (an element of the rain-sensing windshield wipers), the pads are periodically brought up to the rotors to eliminate any film of water between pads and rotors.
  •  Start-off Assistant. Keeps the vehicle from rolling backward for approximately 1.5 seconds after the driver releases the brakes when stopped facing uphill.
  •  Modulated ABS function. Thanks to improved control of the DSC brake valves, the ABS function is smoother than before. Instead of simply being fully applied and released, the application and release of these valves are now modulated.

Passive safety features: much more than airbags

When many consumers think about vehicle safety, their first thought is airbags. As critical as these safety features are, there are far more considerations involved in occupant safety. As the latest BMW SAV, the new X5 sets a new standard for the class in this regard, just as it does in active safety.

In developing the all-new X5 structure, BMW set out to exceed the demands of the world’s most stringent governmental safety regulations, by minimizing impact loads on the occupants and by keeping the passenger space as intact as possible in many severe crash scenarios. Among the specific goals were –

  •  Achieving excellent results in the Euro-NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) offset frontal crash test, in which 40% of the vehicle’s width impacts a fixed barrier at 40 mph.
  •  Meeting the recently introduced U.S. FMVSS (Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard) 301, which specifies a brutal 50-mph rear-end offset crash. This impact is taken by 70% of the test vehicle’s width; not only must stringent injury criteria be met, but the fuel system must remain free of leaks. With or without the available 3rd-row seating, the new X5 Series meets this extremely demanding safety standard.
  •  Meeting the also relatively new IIHS “SUV side-impact” test, in which an impact from a tall vehicle at 50 km/h (31.1 mph) is simulated.
  •  Withstanding the Euro-NCAP side-impact test, in which a vertical pole is pushed into the vehicle side at 29 km/h (about 18 mph); this test simulates a vehicle sliding sideways into a tree or telephone pole.

Reaching those goals required diligent efforts in designing the new X5 body structure, with particular emphasis on overall structural rigidity of the passenger compartment; selection of materials such as aluminum or high-strength steel; energy absorption and deformation paths; and component placement—including engine and transmission. Even such elements as wheels and tires were considered for their energy absorption capability. In addition, specific considerations and testing included both 5- and 7-passenger configurations of the X5. The results affected everything from the overall body structure to the design of an all-new steering column.

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Rollover Sensor

The system featured on the X5 is an outgrowth of BMW’s work in designing roll-over protection systems for its convertibles. In the X5, the Rollover Sensor is networked with the vehicle’s Dynamic Stability Control, which delivers data on lateral acceleration (“cornering”) and any possible skidding. The Rollover Sensor measures the body’s angle along its longitudinal axis, and the rate at which that angle is changing. Additionally, acceleration data in two directions are measured to test the plausibility of a rollover. On the basis of these measurements, an algorithm determines if the vehicle is about to roll over. If this is the case, the front and rear Head Protection System is deployed on both sides, and all safety belts with tensioners are tensioned.

Safety belts & airbags

As with all BMWs, 3-point safety belts are supplied for all seating positions, including the optional 3rd row. Likewise, all positions include force limiters, as well as adjustable head restraints. Front seats also include belt tensioners, along with dual-stage front airbags and seat-mounted (instead of the previous door-mounted) side-impact airbags. BMW’s curtain-type Head Protection System covers front and 2nd-row seats. Front airbags are newly configured to optimize their 2-stage, accident-severity-dependent deployment characteristics, inflated shape, and interaction with surrounding surfaces and components. The X5’s new body structure makes the previously available rear side-impact airbags unnecessary.

Packages & options

 New content and packages complement familiar features

Active Ventilated Seats Package: Includes 20-way adjustable Multi-contour front seats with Active Comfort and ventilation features.

Cold Weather Package: Includes retractable headlight washers, heated steering wheel, heated front seats, ski bag w/rear-seat pass-through.

Premium Package: Both models include Dual-panel Panoramic moonroof; 4-way power lumbar support on the front seats; Auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors; digital compass; power-fold exterior mirrors; BMW Universal Transceiver; Ambiance Lighting package; Storage package; BMW Assist, including Bluetooth cellphone interface. New here (as with all ’07 models) is a 4-year subscription for BMW Assist. The 3.0si also adds Nevada leather and a choice of wood interior trim; both are standard on the 4.8i.

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Premium Sound Package: Includes Premium sound system with 16 speakers and glovebox-mounted 6-disc CD changer.

Rear Climate Package
: Includes 4-zone climate control and Privacy Glass.

Sport Package
: Includes 19-inch wheels, Sport seats, Shadowline exterior trim, Sport steering wheel and anthracite-color headliner; Adaptive Drive: Active Roll Stabilization and Electronic Damping Control. With the Sport Package, the 4.8i adds the separate option of 20-inch wheels with performance tires.

Technology Package
: Includes Park Distance Control, Rearview camera, and Navigation system with Voice Command and Real Time Traffic Information with dynamic rerouting.

Factory options:

Active Steering: A first with any all-wheel-drive BMW, Active Steering varies steering ratio widely to achieve amazing agility at lower speeds while retaining stability at higher speeds. The system includes Servotronic vehicle-speed-sensitive power assist. Requires Sport Package.

Automatic tailgate
: Provides greater ease of loading rear cargo compartment. 

Comfort Access: Allows the owner to enter and start the X5 without removing the remote from his or her pocket.

Aluminum running boards
: Dresses up the exterior and enables easier entry and exit from the vehicle.

Panoramic moonroof: Dual-pane roof includes 1-touch operation and interior sunshade.

Rear manual side window sunshade
s: Available as a stand-alone option (SOP tba).

Multi-contour Front Seats
: Available as a stand-alone option or as part of the Active Ventilated Seats Package, these seats offer 20-way adjustability.

Heated front seats
: Available as a stand-alone option or as part of the Cold Weather Package, these front seats offer 4 heating zones, rapid heating and 3-stage heating.

Rear-seat heating
: Provides 3-stage heating for the 2nd-row seats. Requires Cold Weather Package or heated front seats.

3rd-row seating: Adds 3rd seating row to accommodate two additional passengers.
The 3rd-row seats fold flush into floor, and the option includes adjustable 2nd-row seating with flush-fold function and easy-entry to 3rd row. Both rows fold to provide a completely flat cargo floor. On 3.0si, the option also includes the self-leveling rear suspension, which is standard on the 4.8i.

Park Distance Control: Available as a stand-alone option or as part of the Technology Package, Park Distance Control adds a visual display in the iDrive monitor.

BMW On-board Navigation System
: Available as a stand-alone option or as part of the Technology Package, Navigation system includes expanded iDrive, Real Time Traffic Information with dynamic rerouting and 8.8-inch screen.

Head-up Display: Driver can read key information with minimal diversion. Includes variable brightness and positioning; can be turned off or on as desired.

High Definition Radio
: As the first manufacturer to offer this feature, BMW provides exceptional digital audio reproduction for both AM and FM stations. Available as of 4/07 production.

Sirius Satellite Radio
: Integrated into vehicle audio system, Sirius provides 120 stations with uninterrupted programming.

Rear-seat Entertainment System
: Includes an 8.0-inch rear TFT screen with controller, DVD player and infra-red wireless headphones. Also includes remote control.

Nevada leather: Available as a stand-alone feature or as part of the 3.0si Premium Package; Nevada leather is standard on the 4.8i. Perforated Nevada leather is also available and must be ordered when the Active Ventilated Seats Package is ordered.

Napa leather: This exquisite leather is available as an option on the 3.0si and 4.8i models for the first time (was standard on ’06 4.8is).

BMW Ultimate Service: providing owners with incredible value and peace of mind
For Model Year 2007, BMW announces BMW Ultimate Service, a suite of services that includes the BMW Maintenance Program (formerly called Full Maintenance), Roadside Assistance, the New Vehicle Limited Warranty and BMW Assist with TeleService. 

BMW Ultimate Service includes:

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The BMW Maintenance Program is the only no-cost maintenance program in the industry that covers wear and tear items like brake pads and rotors for 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first. BMW owners pay nothing for all scheduled inspections, oil changes, brake pads, wiper blade inserts and other wear-and-tear items.

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BMW Roadside Assistance is one of the industry’s most comprehensive plans available. Not only is it no-charge for the first 4 years, but there is no mileage limit. BMW drivers enjoy the assurance of on-the-road help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, anywhere in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. This includes everything from flat tire changes, emergency gasoline and lock-out assistance, to towing, alternative transportation and even trip-interruption benefits. This service also includes valuable trip routing advice.

BMW New Vehicle Limited Warranty: All 2007 BMW passenger vehicles are covered by BMW’s excellent Limited Warranty, which includes:

  •  New-vehicle warranty – 4-year/50,000-mile coverage of the vehicle. 
  •  Rust-perforation warranty – 12-year/unlimited-mileage coverage.

BMW Assist provides the driver with services that enhance on-the-road security and convenience, for added peace of mind. The BMW Assist Safety Plan is standard on all 5, 6, and 7 Series models, including M5 and M6, and is included in the Premium Package or available as a stand-alone option on all other models. Starting with MY 2007 vehicles, BMW is the only manufacturer that will offer this service for 4 years at no additional cost. Most other manufacturers cover only the first year of service.

The in-vehicle equipment for BMW Assist includes GPS technology and hands-free communication functions accessed via buttons in the overhead or center console. Vehicle occupants may request emergency or other services simply by pressing a button; the BMW Assist system then transmits the location and vehicle information to the BMW Assist Response Center. A response specialist will then speak with the occupants to coordinate dispatch, notify emergency contacts on file, and link BMW Roadside Assistance or emergency services as needed and requested. A severe accident automatically activates the BMW Assist call as well. The BMW Assist Safety Plan also includes Remote Door Unlock and Stolen Vehicle Recovery services, which can save the owner time and money.

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TeleService  automatically notifies the BMW center when a vehicle will need service. This feature allows the Service Advisor to proactively set up a customer appointment and have the needed parts ready. 

BMW Assist subscribers can also enroll in the BMW Assist Convenience Plan (available at an additional cost of $199 per year) to avail themselves of many BMW Assist Concierge services, from travel planning to dining reservations, shopping assistance and event tickets, as well as receive directions, and traffic and weather information. On many models produced September 2006 and later, a selected destination and its phone number can be sent directly to the on-board navigation system and Bluetooth–linked mobile phone, after a push of the new Concierge button. The Convenience Plan also includes Critical Calling, a new service that connects the driver in case their mobile phone is not in the vehicle or its battery is discharged. After pushing the SOS button, a BMW Assist response specialist will link the driver to his requested party for up to five minutes and for up to four events per year.

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As before, the BMW Assist system includes Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity with hands-free phonebook access and dialing by name or number via the steering wheel controls. Use of this feature requires a customer-provided compatible Bluetooth mobile phone.

Safety & security  

  • LATCH attachments at 2nd-row outboard seating positions
  •  (for installation of child restraint seats)  
  • Head restraints at all seating positions (including optional 3rd-row seating)  
  • Interlocking door anchoring system for side impacts  
  • Front- & rear-seat (2nd-row) Head Protection System  
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags, seat-mounted  
  • Advanced Crash Safety Management for deployment of safety systems  
  • Post-impact safety measures:
    •  Unlocking of central locking system  
    •  Switch-on of hazard flashers  
    •  Disconnect of alternator, fuel pump & starter from battery
    •  (Battery Safety Terminal)  
  • BMW Assist, including automatic collision notification, SOS button, enhanced Roadside Assistance, TeleService , BMW Assist Safety Plan 17  
  • Central locking system with double-lock anti-theft feature, selective unlocking; includes glove compartment  
  • Enhanced Coded Driveaway Protection  
  • Alarm system with operation from remote, interior motion detector 


Performance & efficiency

  •  New engines in both models:
    •  3.0si – N52 6-cylinder engine with Valvetronic, magnesium/aluminum composite construction and other new features; 260 hp/225 lb-ft. torque
    •  4.8i – N62 V-8 engine, displacement increased from 4.4 to 4.8 liters; retains Valvetronic and aluminum construction; 350 hp/350 lb-ft. torque
  •  6-speed automatic transmission now standard in both models (previous 3.0i: 5-speed automatic optional, 6-speed manual standard)
  •  Automatic transmission includes extensive improvements for higher efficiency, quicker response and shifting, and finer adaptation to driving style and conditions
  •  New-type electronic transmission selector, similar in concept to that of 7 Series but on console instead of steering column
  •  xDrive fulltime all-wheel drive system, electronically controlled with variable front/rear torque split & traction control
  •  New technologies enhance fuel efficiency:
    •  Valvetronic variable valve lift (new to 6-cylinder X5 model)
    •  Rolling-resistance-optimized tires
    •  Delivery-regulated fuel pump
    •  On-demand power steering via electrically controlled bypass valve
    •  Pentosin power-steering fluid; revised viscosity index reduces power requirement at low fluid temperature
    •  Improved control of climate-control compressor’s clutch
    •  New-type rear differential

Handling, ride & braking, towing ability

  •  New front suspension, double wishbone multi-link with upper A-arms in addition to double-pivot lower links; first non-strut-type BMW front suspension since 1961
  •  Evolved 4-link Integral rear suspension
  •  Wider tracks front and rear
  •  Variable-ratio steering, BMW’s first application in an SAV®
  •  4-wheel ventilated disc brakes: ventilated rear discs new to 6-cylinder model, larger dimensions on V-8 model
  •  Run-flat tires, BMW’s first application on an SAV®
  •  18-in. wheels and tires newly standard on 3.0si
  •  Tire Pressure Monitor, vs. former Flat Tire Monitor
  •  Dynamic Stability Control with new braking-related functions
  •  Electromechanical parking brake
  •  Automatic Hold function (holds vehicle stationary after it comes to a stop)

Exterior design & function

  •  All-new design: longer, wider and taller
  •  More efficient aerodynamics:
    •  Aerodynamic drag coefficient (Cd): 3.0si 0.34, vs. 0.35 for previous 3.0i; 4.8i 0.35, vs. 0.36 for previous 4.4i
    •  Roof spoiler and taillights incorporate “separation edges” that smooth airflow as it exits
    •  Smoother underbody
    •  Front spoiler’s air dams at sides reduce tires’ aerodynamic resistance
  •  Cornering lights (via foglights)
  •  Daytime Running Lamps via headlights’ luminous rings
  •  New exterior colors:
    •  Metallic – Monaco Blue, Deep Green, Mineral Green, Platinum Bronze, Space Gray
  •  New wheel designs throughout

Ergonomics, luxury & convenience

  •  Multi-function keyless remote with ID sender replaces conventional key
  •  Vehicle & Key Memory offers expanded individual choices, which are automatically stored in users’ remotes and retrieved when they enter vehicle
  •  All-new interior design
  •  Increased shoulder and leg room
  •  Start/Stop button
  •  3-spoke steering wheel standard (formerly Sport Package only)
  •  Multi-function controls on steering wheel include 2 programmable switches
  •  Dynamic Cruise Control, with additional functions over version introduced in 3 Series
  •  First appearance of iDrive in a BMW SAV®
  •  10-way power front seats, vs. previous 8-way (add power head-restraint height)
  •  Moderate orientation of instrumentation and controls toward driver
  •  Electromechanical parking brake: switch on console replaces former pull-up lever
  •  2-piece, opposite-opening console-compartment cover /armrest
  •  Standard (dual-zone) automatic climate control adds misting control, left/right control of air distribution and other new features
  •  Standard audio system includes 2 subwoofers in BMW’s patented positions, under the front seats; midrange speaker and tweeter in the dash; total of 12 speakers, vs. 10 before; MP3-capable CD player (all available CD drives MP3-capable)
  •  Auxiliary audio input jack and accessory power outlet in console compartment
  •  New leather grade: Nevada (previously Dakota)
  •  New Nevada-leather color scheme: Tobacco (available as of 12/06 production)
  •  Graphite interior trim (standard 3.0si)
  •  Glove compartment with two doors; included in central locking system, no separate key lock, electrically powered opening
  •  Fold-flat 2nd-row seating
  •  Improved, roomier cargo area with gas-strut-assisted lift-up cargo floor

Safety & security

  •  All-new body structure, embodying newest crash-energy management
  •  Dynamic Stability Control with new safety-related functions: Brake Fade Compensation, Brake Standby, Brake Drying, Automatic Hold Function
  •  Front side-impact airbags built into seats (previously doors)
  •  Curtain-type Head Protection System, vs. previous tubular-type
  •  Rollover Sensor
  •  Enhanced steering-column design
  •  New occupant-detection sensor, front passenger’s seat
  •  Enhanced Driveaway Protection

Factory optional equipment
Available packages:

  •  Active Ventilated Seats Package
  •  Cold Weather Package
  •  Premium Package 
  •  Premium Sound Package
  •  Rear Climate Package
  •  Sport Package 
  •  Technology Package

New stand-alone options:

  •  Active Steering (3.0si: available as of 12/06 production)
  •  Automatic tailgate (available as of 4/07 production)
  •  Comfort Access
  •  Aluminum running boards
  •  Multi-contour front seats
  •  Dark Burl Walnut wood interior trim (standard in 4.8i)
  •  Dark Bamboo wood interior trim
  •  Optional 3rd-row seating, including –
    •  Adjustable 2nd-row seating with easy-entry feature, flush folding capability
    •  3rd-row center console with cupholders, heating/ventilation air outlets
  •  Head-up Display (requires Navigation system or Technology Package)
  •  High Definition Radio (available as of 4/07 production)
  •  Sirius Satellite Radio as factory option
  •  Rear-seat Entertainment
  •  Nevada Perforated leather upholstery
  •  Napa leather upholstery (new to 3.0si, 4.8i; was standard on ’06 4.8is)

Continuing stand-alone options:

  •  Panoramic moonroof
  •  Heated front seats
  •  Rear-seat heating (requires Cold Weather Package or heated front seats)
  •  Light Poplar wood interior trim
  •  Park Distance Control
  •  Navigation system (new feature: Real Time Traffic Information)
  •  BMW Assist with Bluetooth system
  •  Nevada (new, previously Dakota) leather upholstery (standard in 4.8i)
  •  Rear manual side-window sunshades

Center-installed accessories:

  •  Trailer hitch kit
  •  Aerodynamic components
  •  21" complete wheel and tire sets
  •  Grille Guard
  •  Under ride protection
  •  Mud Flaps
  •  Rubber Floor Mats
  •  Rubber Floor Liners
  •  Carpeted floor mats
  •  Running Boards
  •  Cargo Mat rubber
  •  Illuminated door sills
  •  Nose Mask
  •  Smoked sun/wind deflector
  •  Car covers
  •  Clear protective covering for the front of the vehicle
  •  Roof rack system and attachments
  •  B&C Pillar carbon fiber appliqué attachments
  •  Side window rain deflectors
  •  Seat Covers
  •  UVS Sunshade
  •  BMW Interface for iPod


2007 Model Year X5 Retail Prices

Models X5 3.0si X5 4.8i
Base Price $46,595 $55,195
Active Steering 1,250 1,250
Automatic tailgate opening and closing (SOP 04/07) 500 500
Comfort Access 1,000 1,000
Running boards 300 300
Panoramic moonroof 1,350/ZPP< 1,350/ZPP
Rear Side Window Manual Sunshades (SOP tba) 250 250
Multi-contour front seats with lumbar support 1,200/ZAV 1,200/ZAV
Heated front seats 500/ZCW 500/ZCW
Heated rear seats 350 350
Dark Burl Walnut wood interior trim 500/ZPP STD
Dark Bamboo wood interior trim 500/ZPP NC
Light Poplar wood interior trim 500/ZPP NC
3rd row seat 1,700 1,200
Park Distance Control 700/ZTP 700/ZTP
Navigation System 1,900/ZTP 1,900/ZTP
Head-up Display 1,000 1,000
>BMW Assist with Bluetooth 750/ZPP 750/ZPP
HD Radio (SOP 04/07) 500 500
SIRIUS Satellite Radio 595 595
Rear Entertainment System 1,800 1,800
Metallic paint NC NC
Leatherette STD NA
Nevada 1,450/ZPP STD
Nevada 1,450/ZPP NC
Napa 2,450/1,000 1,000
Active Ventilated Seats Package (ZAV) 2,100 2,100
Cold Weather Package (ZCW) 900 900<
Premium Package (ZPP) 3,950 2,550
Premium Sound Package (ZPS) 1,800 1,800
Rear Climate Package (ZRC) 700 700<
Sport Package (ZSP) 3,600 3,600
Technology Package 2,600 2,600

2007 Model Year X5 Option Packages

X5 3.0si X5 4.8i
Active Ventilated Seats Package (ZAV) $2,100
- Active Comfort driver
- Front ventilated seats
- Multi-contour front seats with lumbar support
- Active Comfort driver
- Front ventilated seats - Multi-contour front seats with lumbar support
Cold Weather Package(ZCW) $900
- Heated steering wheel
- Ski Bag
- Heated Front Seats
- Retractable headlamp washers
- Heated steering wheel
- Ski Bag
- Heated Front Seats
- Retractable headlamp washers
Premium Package(ZPP) $3,950
- Universal Garage Door Opener
- Panorama Moonroof
- Auto-Dimming Int./Ext. Mirrors with Compass
- Lumbar support
- Storage package
- Ambiance light package
- BMW Assist with Bluetooth
- Choice of wood interior trim
- Leather Upholstery (Nevada or Perforated Nevada)
- Universal Garage Door Opener
- Panorama Moonroof
- Auto-Dimming Int./Ext. Mirrors with Compass
- Lumbar support
- Storage package
- Ambiance light package
- BMW Assist with Bluetooth
Premium Sound Package(ZPS) $1,800
- 6-disc CD changer
- Premium sound system
- 6-disc CD changer
- Premium sound system
Rear Climate Package (ZRC) $700
- 4-zone automatic climate control
- Privacy Glass
- 4-zone automatic climate control
- Privacy Glass
Sport Package(ZSP)< $3,600
- 3-spoke Sport Steering Wheel
- 19” design #212 wheels with run-flat all-season tires
- AdaptiveDrive: Active Roll Stabilization and Electronic Damping Control
- Sport Seats
- Shadowline Ext. Trim
- Anthracite Headliner
- 3-spoke Sport Steering Wheel
- 19” design #211 wheels with run-flat all-season tires
- AdaptiveDrive: Active Roll Stabilization and Electronic Damping Control
- Sport Seats
- Shadowline Ext. Trim
- Anthracite Headliner
Sport Package wheel and tire upgrade NA +$950
- 20” design #214 wheels with mixed run-flat performance tires
Technology Package (ZTP) $2,600
- Rearview camera
- Park Distance Control
- Navigation System
- Voice Command System
- Real Time Traffic Information
- Rearview camera
- Park Distance Control
- Navigation System
- Voice Command System
- Real Time Traffic Information


The new BMW X5: Groundbreaking concept is again the new benchmark

Innovative technology, a premium and luxurious ambience, powerful elegance in body design and superb driving dynamics make the new BMW X5 a genuine exception in its segment. The new model continues the tradition of its predecessor, the world’s first Sports Activity Vehicle, which set the foundation for a brand-new class of vehicles.

The engineers and development specialists creating the new BMW X5 have succeeded once again in crafting a truly unique vehicle for the market. In a segment now subject to fierce competition, the new BMW X5 sets the standard yet again in driving dynamics and agility. No other vehicle combines the qualities so typical of a BMW with the features of a truly versatile SAV full of style and presence.

Given all these qualities, the new BMW X5 meets all the demands and requirements of the discerning motorist who, through the choice of his or her vehicle, wishes to express his personal and independent lifestyle and at the same time enjoy a new driving experience in a new dimension.

2007 BMW X5
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  (516) posted on 08.2.2010

ooh too bad for the BMW. Next time, they should advertise features that is really true.

  (5990) posted on 03.11.2008

i like this pretty car ..

  (5990) posted on 05.7.2006

I don’t understand why BMW which is known for its performance is failing to create a suv that can compete with the porsche, or even Jeep SRT8. why longer why taller why not create x7 for those who need the extra space. and keep the x5 the best looking suv with added power.

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