Its all-wheel-drive system with more than 60% of engine's torque being distributed to the rear wheels was proof enough. The leather is thick and the carpeting rich, and there are hidden surprises: a rechargeable flashlight in the glovebox; gleaming tools spread out like surgical apparatus in a tray above the full-sized spare. Just as quickly, however, we straightened out. The Steptronic is retained in the X5 for 2004, but becomes a six-speed. I booted the throttle and the five-speed automatic transmission dropped two gears. I pressed harder and sensed the staccato of antilock brakes.
With a fuel consumption of 13. And for the winding, fast-and-slow, up-and-down highway, we had the tall view of the road and the sense of confidence that a big, solid vehicle provides. Suddenly, the white van stopped dead. Nevertheless, X5's off-road performances were not even close to matching the ones delivered by its British counterpart. Service Light Reset not available yet.
We crested a rise and started downhill, water sluicing across the rutted road surface to the ditch. Rear Suspension : Coil springs. Similarly, the independent suspension is calibrated to keep you in contact with the road surface Consumer Reports notwithstanding. Front and rear, the X5 felt spacious enough, if, with its dull, black and grey surfaces, rather stark. And the seats were harder than we would have liked for 10 hours on the Trans-Canada. Cargo capacity: 465 L 16.
Fuel Consumption Economy , Emissions and Range Fuel Consumption - Economy - Combined: 13. The other change is xDrive, a new all-wheel-drive system that promises to improve handling on dry pavement. Unfortunately, the latter requires you to push the lever forward for downshifts and back for upshifts —counterintuitive, in my mind. It was as short as it was steep. And returning to sport mode after shifting manually is a clumsy, two-step process. This model received a significant facelift in 2004 and was replace by a new generation X5 in 2007.
I wondered how it would look after its mud bath. Petrol Fuel System : Indirect Injection. The X5 lacks the cargo capacity of the bigger machines, and the third seat that some boast. Variable Intake Engine Alignment : Longitudinal Engine Position : Front Engine size - Displacement - Engine capacity : 4398 cm3 or 268. But then again, it shouldn't. About chassis details responsible for road holding, handling behaviour and ride confort, the E53 X5 has McPherson struts. But for a family trip comprising two parts Trans-Canada Highway driving, five parts bouncing along Lake Superior Country cottage roads, this was what we wanted.
. There might have been a flicker from the Dynamic Stability Control light on the dash. Ahead of our truck was a big white van. Designed as a Sport Activity Vehicle, the new X5 borrowed some of its technology from the Range Rover, including the hill-descent control system and the two-piece tailgate design. For stopping power, the E53 X5 4. In size, the X5 falls between the so-called cute-utes — a class that will soon include its sibling — and the larger Ford Explorer, 4Runner and Chevrolet TrailBlazer.
Probably true in some cases. By the time we reached the construction zone, the rain that had been splattering all morning had turned steady and hard. My foot closed on the brake pedal as I looked for options. Transmission: Five-speed automatic Wheelbase: 2,820 mm 111 in. We knew we also could rely on systems that increase brake pressure and brakelight intensity in panic stops, and, of course, on the big discs themselves to stop us smoothly and quickly. Such computer-controlled intervention is quickly becoming standard issue, even in moderately priced cars.
And there are other, bigger powertrain changes. The new X5 also gets new, clear taillamp covers and some reworking of the front end to place more emphasis on headlamps and grille. Still, the conveniences are ample, from heated steering wheel to eight-way power front seats to opaque roller blinds for the rear windows. . . . .
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