A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 BMW X5

The 2012 BMW X5 is an SUV that offers both utility and ease of driving. The steering is responsive with a good amount of horsepower. If you are looking for a sportier SUV that offers versatility, the BMW X5 is the perfect SUV for you.

Key Features

The BMW X5 comes with a 3.0 liter in-line V6 turbocharged engine that offers 300 hp. The fuel economy is estimated at 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. It can go from zero to 60 in just under seven seconds. The BMW X5 offers all-wheel drive, 18-inch alloy wheels, iDrive system with an on-board computer, and Hill Descent Control.

Changes for 2012

The BMW X5 received a large number of changes in the year 2011, 4,000 new parts to be exact. Therefore, there are no major changes for the year 2012.

What We Like

The BMW X5 offers Advanced Diesel which offers 265 hp and 423 pound-feet of torque. The diesel offers more fuel economy than the BMW X5’s competitors. The all-wheel drive is another feature to like, especially with the all-season tires. An optional third row is available for those who need to seat more passengers.

What Concerns Us

While the BMW X5 is sporty, it is less so compared to other SUVs on the market. Furthermore, the more aggressive performance can make for a less comfortable ride.

Available Models

The 2012 BMW X5 comes in the standard models of the xDrive35i. This offers 3.0 liter six cylinder engine with an eight speed automatic transmission. It has 300 hp with a fuel economy of 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The xDrive35d is the diesel version which comes with a 3.0 liter six cylinder engine with a six speed automatic transmission. It has 265 hp with a fuel economy of 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. The xDrive50i offers a 4.4 liter V8 engine with an eight speed automatic transmission. It has 400 hp with a fuel economy of 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.

Major Recalls

The 2012 BMW X5 was recalled due to the engine belt idler pulley loosening over time, which can cause it to break. If this happens, the power steering will lose power. The vehicle was also recalled due to the possibility of power steering fluid leaking. It was also recalled because the circuit board for the electric auxiliary water pump could overheat. The BMW X5 was recalled due to the transmission parking lock may not be displayed properly.

Common Issues

Common complaints include dashboard failing, engine malfunction, low battery, poor steering at low speeds, and bad fuel indicator.

BMW X5 2012 Interior


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