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2006 BMW X5 SUV - Overview

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$42,500 – $71,100 MSRP

$38,855 – $64,880 Invoice

15 / 21 MPG City/Hwy


2006 BMW X5 SUV

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What's New
BMW refreshed its X5 "Sport Activity Vehicle" in 2004, so there are very few changes for the 2006 model year. These include a multi-information display (eight-function on-board computer) as standard equipment across the line, and a new sport wheel design for the mid-grade 4.4i. In addition, Alcantara upholstery is no longer offered on the top-of-the-line 4.8is.

BMW finally entered the sport utility category for the 2000 model year with its X5. Since then it also has launched a somewhat smaller and less powerful X3 Series. BMW performed a major update of its X5 in 2004, with a new all-wheel-drive system as well as a new V-8 engine, six-speed transmissions, freshened exterior styling, and additional standard equipment.

For 2006, all three versions of the X5 continue. They are the X5 3.0i, powered by a 225-hp 3.0L inline six-cylinder engine; the X5 4.4i, propelled by a 315-hp, 4.4L V-8 engine; and the X5 4.8is, which is motivated by a 355-hp, 4.8L V-8 powerplant. The 3.0i comes with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions; the 4.4i and 4.8is are available only with automatics.

All X5s feature BMW's newest all-wheel-drive system, xDrive, which automatically adjusts front/rear torque distribution according to road and driving conditions to optimize traction and handling. The X5 3.0i comes with five-passenger seating, power tilt and telescoping steering wheel, 12-way power driver and front passenger seats, two-level front center armrest, wood interior trim, 10-speaker audio system, a retractable cargo cover, and a two-piece tailgate with an upward-opening top section and a downward-opening lower section. The X5 4.4i and 4.8is add self-leveling rear air suspension, 18-inch wheels, rear-seat climate controls, leather seating, and a 12-speaker audio system. All X5s come with front, side, and side-curtain air bags.

The Competition
The BMW X5 competes in the highly competitive Midsize Premium Crossover Utility segment, where luxury features and build quality are the price of admission.

According to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM the Lexus RX Series dominates this segment, with 108,775 units sold in calendar year 2005. Other standouts include the Acura MDX (57,948 units in 2005), BMW X5 (37,598), Volvo XC90 (35,976), Mercedes-Benz M-Class (34,959), Infiniti FX-Series (26,786), and Cadillac SRX (22,999). Other competitors include the new Audi Q7, Lincoln Aviator, Mercedes-Benz R-Class, Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg, and Volvo XC70.

Available Trims for the 2006 BMW X5 SUV

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
3.0i 6 speed manual $42,500 225-hp / 3.0L 6-cyl 15/21
4.4i 6 speed automatic $53,600 315-hp / 4.4L 8-cyl 16/22
4.8is 6 speed automatic $71,100 355-hp / 4.8L 8-cyl 16/21

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