There are few cars that conjure up speed, style and sex appeal as quickly as BMW does. BMW’s are renowned for their agility, their smooth lines, and their incredible handling, so it’s no wonder that models like the i8 and the 4 series convertible are frequently found on car shoppers wish lists. However, if you’re like many car buyers, as much as you would love to throw the top down on your two-seater and hit the open road, you are just slightly hindered by the fact that you also have to be home in time to take one child to soccer practice and the other to music lessons. But that doesn’t mean that you have to let your dream of driving a BMW pass you buy – it’s actually not difficult to find a BMW for sale that offers the ideal combination of luxury driving and family-friendly features. In fact, there’s no better place to start your search for your ideal family BMW than by getting familiar with the 2018 BMW X5.
Room for the Whole Family
The 2018 BMW X5 is the SUV – or SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) you need when you can’t bear to break down and get a minivan. The BMW X5 has standard seating for five passengers but there is an option to get a third row, which increases the vehicle’s passenger capacity to seven. The BMW X5 not only offers comfortable and roomy seating for passengers, but it also comes with a generously sized cargo hold. If you’re looking for an SAV that can take your family from soccer practice to the airport, the BMW X5 will deliver, thanks to it’s 35.8 cubic feet of trunk space behind the second row. Of course, that number decreases once you factor in the optional third row, but on the other hand, if you collapse the second-row seats, you’ll have over 76.7 cubic feet of space to fill with groceries, bikes, or furniture. Even better, you won’t have to get creative when it comes to loading said items in the trunk since every BMW X5 comes standard with a power liftgate. No matter what family activity you’re planning to use your BMW X5 to get it, you can rest easy knowing that you’ll be able to bring all the participants and all of their stuff along for the ride.
Love the Luxurious Interiors and Fantastic Amenities
If you’re planning on driving a BMW, chances are you already have a taste for the finer things in life and the BMW X5 certainly offers delicious interiors for discerning buyers to lust after. For starters, the 2018 base model BMW X5 35i comes equipped with navigation, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, the aforementioned power liftgate, front and rear parking sensors, a touchpad controller, 14-way power adjustable front seats, a 10.2 inch infotainment screen, a nine-speaker sound system, a USB port, leatherette upholstery and to top it all off: a panoramic moonroof. With it’s starting MSRP of $56,950, the 2017 BMW X5 certainly isn’t the cheapest SUV on the market, but it’s a combination of luxurious interiors and it’s powerful performance make it worth every penny.
Of course, if budget isn’t an issue for you and you’re after the creme de la creme of family cars, you’d be remiss if you overlooked the 2018 BMW X5 50i and it’s leather upholstery, four-zone climate control, keyless entry and ignition and 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. And if you find that it’s starting MSRP of $73,800 is just a little too much to swallow, simply find a lower trim and outfit it to perfection using the many available options and packages available. There is no shortage of ways to customize your 2018 BMW X5 to meet all your families needs and wants – including kid-friendly luxuries such as rear-seat entertainment system and manual sunshades for the rear windows.
Prepare for Powerful Performance
The 2018 BMW X5’s standard engine is anything but standard – it’s a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder that gets up to 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. You might be driving a car crammed with children, but you’ll be feeling anything like a minivan mom when you’re cruising to the carpool.
Of course, just as with the 2018 BMW X5’s interior, options abound. You also have the ability to equip your X5 with a six-cylinder diesel engine that gets 255 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque – a great option for those looking to save a little extra when it comes to fuel economy. There is also the super-speedy 4.4-liter V8 that gets a heart-pounding 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque and there is even a hybrid option that gets 308 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque. No matter how serious your need for speed is, there is an X5 engine option that will get you going exactly as fast as you can handle.
Take Safety as Seriously
Look, it’s not as sexy as choosing a well-appointed, leather and luxury interior. It’s also not as thrilling as choosing an engine that can hit top-speeds you’d never even envision reaching. But when it comes down to it, nothing is more important than making sure your family is safe. Fortunately, when you choose the 2018 BMW X5, you aren’t forced to choose between luxury, speed, and safety. With the 2018 BMX X5’s five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration backing it up, you can feel confident that you’re putting your most precious cargo in a super-safe SAV. If you need a little more convincing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 BMW X5 scores of Good and Superior – it just has yet to perform crash-tests on the 2018 model.
If you want to give your 2018 BMW X5 every safety advantage possible, there are also multiple packages available to add advanced safety technology to the vehicle. Check out the Driver Assistance or the Driver Assistance Plus packages to fully equip your 2018 BMW X5 with top-of-the-line safety features.
Find Your 2018 BMW X5
Don’t lament that the days of driving cute little two-seaters have vanished; instead, relish in the joy of driving the 2018 BMW X5, the family car that is so much more than just a “family” car.