Relatively unchanged for the New Year, the 2008 BMW X5 is the luxury automaker’s mid-sized SUV featuring seating capacity for up to five passengers and engines ranging from a 260 horsepower 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder to a solid 350 horsepower 4.8-liter gas-powered V8. The X5 is foul-weather-capable also, with its intuitive AWD system. Inside, luxury amenities are plentiful, including auto climate control, cruise, keyless entry, power controls, navigation, heated memory lumbar seats and AM/FM/CD/MP3/Satellite audio. Safety features include airbags and ABS brakes.Read more Read less
After a complete redesign for 2007, the BMW X5 returns for 2008 with only a few feature changes. The dynamic stability control system now gets a number of additional safety-oriented features: brake drying, brake stand-by, brake fade compensation, and the start-off assistant. Also for 2008, the xDrive system's graphic display has been upgraded with new colors and typography and improved contrast, and the glove compartment is now larger. The standard sound system has been upgraded to one with 12 speakers, two subwoofers, and new speaker configurations.
Good compromise between sport wagon and rugged SUV; spacious interior; available luxury and technology options.
The 2008 X5, which is called a "sports activity vehicle" by BMW, combines some of the best attributes of a sport wagon and an SUV, offering better handling than most SUVs yet some measure of off-road ability and toughness. In the first and second rows, the X5 offers a good, quiet ride as well. As in BMW's sedans, there's also plenty of opportunity to upgrade the X5 with high-tech options.