The BMW X5 may have been one of the first luxury soft-roaders on the scene, yet to this day few rivals have managed to make as big of an impact in the segment that BMW did when it launched the first-generation X5 back in 1999.
The X5 has now progressed into its second-generation, which has been with us since 2007, and remains one of the best options for buyers looking for a mid-size luxury SUV.
This is mainly thanks to its handsome styling, ample space for five passengers, and luxurious interior, but looking at the engine options we think it’s also a brilliant performer.
Even in base trim the 2012 X5 comes equipped with a 300-horsepower turbocharged engine and gas mileage as high as 23 mpg on the highway. For the green fans, BMW offers a turbodiesel option in the X5, in this case a 3.0-liter twin-turbo unit good for 265 horsepower and up to 26 mpg highway.
Move up a rung on the ladder and you get to the first V-8 equipped model in the 2012 lineup, which comes with a...
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