2014 BMW X5 Review

Get full information about exterior, interior, accessories and specs of one of the best-selling SUV with excellent driving dynamics through our 2014 BMW X5 review. 

Introduction

Knowing as a strong competitor to Mercedes-Benz M-Class, Infiniti QX60, Acura MDX, Land Rover Range Rover Sport, Cadillac Escalade,… The BMW X5 is a luxury midsize crossover SUV produced by BMW – a famous German multinational company. There are 4 generations of the BMW X5 and what we are going to discuss today is one of the cars in its 3rd generation – 2014 BMW X5. Most 2014 BMW X5 versions are AWD (all-wheel drive), although a RWD (rear wheel drive) version is available. The 2014 BMW X5 is equipped with an inline 6-cylinder engine, turbocharged V-8 or a diesel engine. The German automaker also offers a wide range of custom options for customers including packages + individual accessories and options.

BMW’s X5 is one of the best luxury utility vehicles in its class
BMW’s X5 is one of the best luxury utility vehicles in its class

4 trim levels of the 2014 BMW X5 are:

  • sDrive35i
  • xDrive35i
  • xDrive35d
  • xDrive50i

And each level also has 3 lines in addition to the base model: M Sport, xLine and Luxury.

Let’s take a look at the 2014 BMW X5 review to learn more about this powerful car.

Overview 

According to the 2014 BMW X5 review of auto experts, the model is outstanding with:

  • V-8 engine features increases power
  • Diesel engine working with 8-speed transmission
  • More interior room
  • 2nd-row seats feature 40/20/40 split

The 2014 BMW X5 is the first car of the 3rd generation (2014-2018) of the X5. While BMW designs the 3 Series and 5 Series with a lot of dramatic changes in their design generation to generation, there are only some small changes in the design for the X5. The reason for this is that BMW just wants to add marginal improvements to a car having a loyal customer base. Therefore you can easily see that every new model of the BMW X5 has the accurate same wheelbase as the prior generation and also has a similar overall length.

Compared to its predecessor, the 2014 BMW X5 dimensions are larger because it has the stretched front grille proportions and headlights. Additionally, the 2014 BMW X5 model is designed with more stately and elegant than its older brothers.

1. Exterior

Exterior of the 2014 BMW X5
Exterior of the 2014 BMW X5

BMW equips for the 2014 X5 with:

  • Multi-spoke 19-in
  • Light alloy wheels with run-flat all-season tires
  • LED fog lights
  • Xenon adaptive headlights with auto-leveling
  • Intermittent rain-sensing windshield wipers with adjustable and vehicle-speed-sensitive wiping intervals
  • Chrome exhaust tips
  • Chrome-line exterior trim
  • Single-wipe control
  • Rear-window wiper/washer with adjustable wiping interval
  • Windshield-washer system with heated washer jets
  • Matte black roof rails
  • Roof spoiler with center brake light
  • Body-color exterior door and tailgate handles

Let’s find out how auto experts say about the exterior of this car. According to them, starting with the bigger front grille with integrated headlights, you will spot the gills in the front bumper and behind the wheel arches which reduce drag and increase fuel efficiency. Fuel economy is an important part of the equation here. The 2014 X5 has cut out about 200 pounds weight thanks to weight saving measures like the use of aluminum on the front hood. You will also spot these vertical spoilers at the back of the car. BMW calls them as arrow blades which help channel and improve aerodynamics. Overall, the car styling reflects what it is: modern and muscular but not rugged like its competitors.

2. Interior

The interior of this model features with:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Poplar wood trim
  • 20-way power multi-contour front seats accompanied with standard 10-way power seat functions + 2 manual ways for lateral headrest adjusting + additional power adjustment functions for thigh and shoulder support, lumbar support and backrest width (position and contour).
  • Front-seat center console with armrest, auxiliary input and storage compartment
  • Rear-seat center armrest
  • 40-20-40 split-folding rear seats
  • A fully finished cargo area with cargo cover, velour carpeting and remote trunk release
  • Third-row seats
  • Total cargo space behind the rear seats is 22.9 cubic feet, if we fold the rear seats, total space for cargo is 66 cubic feet.
Take a look at the interior of the 2014 BMW X5 interior
Take a look at the interior of the 2014 BMW X5 interior

In-car Electronics: speakers, communication system (e.g: Onstar), voice control commands, portable music device interface (eg.g: MP3 Player/iPod), phone pairing (e.g: Bluetooth), display screen freezes or goes blank, backup and other camera/sensors.

According to auto experts: Here are some 2014 BMW X5 review in terms of interior you should know:

When you come into the 2014 X5, it’s easy to like its elegant interior design. For starters, everything in here is made of high-quality fabric and materials. And nothing feels like out of place for this luxury midsize crossover SUV. Check out it’s really nice brown Nappa leather and the little details like its scream stitching really stand out to you. The seats feature a ton of adjustability and are well bolstered. They are supportive and very comfortable. It really helps the 2014 X5 feels like a cozy and comfortable car.

There is one issue with the X5 and it comes to the interior space. For a second, let’s consider the X3 which is a smaller SUV in the BMW lineup. That car features just as much or more seat head and legroom. So if you are buying your vehicle for family hauling capability, the X5 won’t do everything as well as the X3 which is surprising because the X5 is more expensive. But if you are buying a vehicle to please the person behind the wheel, well the X5 really stands out. When it comes to vehicles in this segment space and utility is a big concern. BMW still offer the 2014 X5 with a split lift gate but open up the lift gate and check out the below average cargo space while it’s an improvement over last models, it’s certainly doesn’t stack up to the competition. We dropped that second row, the X5 offers a total of 66 cubic feet and that sounds good but comparing to the Mercedes – Benz ML when you drop its second row, you’ve got 80 cubic feet of space. Buyers can also get an optional third row of seating but if you are going to find the second row uncomfortable, imagine what the third row will feel like.

Our car also features with Bang & Olufsen sound system which sounds great but it’s a little pricey. Our car experts fail to see how this can be a huge upgrade over something like the Harman Kardon system which is also offered on this vehicle for a little less money.

Watch the interior 2014 BMW X5 review in the video below:

3. Accessories included

Next thing in this 2014 BMW X5 review, we will tell you more about the car’s accessorites. The luxury line includes a steering wheel wrapped by leather, roof rails, extra chrome, upgraded wheels. The xLine model offers many versions of those enhancements. Besides all cars of the M sport line offers special footrest, sportier transmission and seats, steering wheel, upgraded wheels and door sills.

NoPackageDetails
1Executive packageA premium-priced Bang & Olufsen sound system (or a Harman-Kardon surround-sound system).Soft-close automatic doorsHead-up displayKeyless entryRear manual side window shadesSatellite radio with one-year subscription and ceramic controlMocha Nappa or Ivory white leather are also available.
2Driver Assistance PlusActive blind-spot detectionSpeed limit informationSurround view cameraActive Driving Assistant.
3Lighting packageAutomatic high beams
4Dynamic Handling packagePerformance controlRoll stabilization.
5Cold weather packageRetractable headlight washersHeated front and rear seatsHeated steering wheel

Individual options adds dynamic damper control, active steering, park assist, a rear-seat entertainment system, front ventilated seats, concierge services, comfort rear seats, aluminum running boards, 4-zone climate control, Nappa leather dasd and third-row seats with rear axle air suspension.

4. 2014 BMW X5 Specs 

Take a look at 2014 BMW X5 Specs and features to see the difference between each trim level.

5. Road test – 2014 BMW X5 review

2014 BMW X5 review - Road test
2014 BMW X5 review – Road test
NoxDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)sDrive35i 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)xDrive50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
Engine Typegas gasdieselgas
Total Seating5555
Drive Trainall wheel driverear wheel driveall wheel driveall wheel drive
Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic8-speed shiftable automatic8-speed shiftable automatic8-speed shiftable automatic
Cylindersinline 6inline 6inline 6V8
Combined MPG21222617
Basic Warranty4 yr./ 50000 mi.4 yr./ 50000 mi.4 yr./ 50000 mi.4 yr./ 50000 mi.

Once you get on the road, you quickly realize why this BMW is the best selling SUV. It doesn’t like a big lumbering truck. It’s really solid feeling. It’s clear that BMW put a little bit of it’s sports sedan DNA into the X5. It’s really smooth and predictable and with this all-wheel drive system, it really feels planted even in snow and mud roads. Occasionally at low speeds, you mind find that the steering is a little artificial, a little over boosted but at higher speeds, it really feels heavy and solid. The car is a little firm for a luxury cruiser so if that’s what you are looking for in a car, the 2014 X5 won’t really cut it. This car is supposed to be a lot more like the sports sedan of the luxury SUV market and it really does deliver on that promise.

There is also several driving modes from Sport to Comfort and Eco Pro if you want to save some gas when driving your car. Each one changes the driving dynamics of the vehicle either to give you much more heightened sense of sportiness or to smooth the car out and feel a little bit more comfortable, the 2014 X5 is available with 3 engine options.

  • The 6 cylinder gas motor is not a option that our auto experts take.
  • The 6 cylinder diesel provides excellent fuel economy and delivers a lot of torque.
  • But if you are looking for the ultimate driving machine that twin turbo V8 that’s also available in this car, it’s hard to be.

6. 2014 BMW X5 price 

The prices for used 2014 BMW X5 for sale are oscillated from about $49.000 to a little bit over $52.000. Because they are all used cars so the prices for them depend on the car’s condition.
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Conclusion

BMW makes an excellent luxury SUV but it comes at the cost. The second row seating and the cargo space isn’t what the vehicle is all about. But if you are looking for a vehicle with excellent driving dynamics and a beautiful interior then you can do not better than the 2014 BMW X5.

Hopefully this 2014 BMW X5 review is useful for you. If you have any question about this review or other car questions, feel free to leave us a comment below, we will answer it for you. Don’t forget to read on Car From Japan for reading more car articles written by car experts which are updated every day.

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