BMW X5 I (E53) (1999 – 2006)

The BMW X5 crossover appeared in the model line of the Bavarian concern in 1999. The novelty designated E53 was intended primarily for the American market, where luxury SUVs are especially appreciated, and its production also located there, so the X-fifth debuted in the USA earlier than in Europe. It premiered at the Detroit Auto Show in the fall, went on sale at the end of the year, and by the spring of 2000, the model appeared in European dealerships. The exterior of the model reflects the new sportiness trend that a modern SUV should possess and promises the superb driving dynamics of the BMW X5. The main features are the monocoque body and fully independent suspensions. The platform of the new model inherited from the Bavarian “five” E39. And some of the all-wheel-drive units and the Hill Descent system are from the British brand of SUVs, Range Rover, owned at that time by BMW. In the Australian market, the crossover officially presented modifications with gasoline engines (231-347 hp).

The BMW X5 sports crossover exterior reflects the main hereditary features characteristic of the cars of the Bavarian concern: the branded double radiator grille, dual headlights, and the rear L-shaped lights in the spirit of the current station wagon 5 Series E39 Touring became another feature. Unlike the latter, the BMW X5 has a slightly shorter body, but the interior is broader and taller, while the quality of finish and trim levels is close to the story of the BMW 7-series. The serial equipment includes xenon headlights and front foglights, roof rails, electric mirrors, an electric driver’s seat, a steering column with two-plane adjustment, climate control and an on-board computer, an audio system with a CD changer and steering wheel buttons. Many premium options were offered, including an electrically adjustable steering column, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, leather upholstery and more.

For the BMW X5, in the initial modification, a 3.0-litre (231 hp) M54B30 gasoline inline-six was offered, providing a top speed of 220 km / h acceleration to a hundred in 8.8 seconds. The V8 4.4 engine produced a maximum of 286 “forces” – in this case, the “maximum speed” reached 206 km / h, and it took 7.5 seconds to accelerate from 0-100 km / h. In combination with the 4.6-litre V8 (version 4.6is), the maximum power reached 347 hp. – this version of the crossover could gain a maximum of 240 km / h and up to “hundreds” accelerated one second faster. If we talk about the fuel consumption, it is declared 17.4-21 l / 100 km in the urban cycle. Outside the city – 10-11.4 l / 100 km. The 93-litre fuel tank provides ample range with a single fill.

The crossover BMW X5 E53 shares many elements of the chassis design with the “five” E39. Both independent suspensions mounted on separate subframes. An air suspension offered that regulates the ground clearance height: in the standard, it has a value of 203 mm. The crossover equipped with a permanent all-wheel-drive system. It supplies 62% of the tractive effort to the rear axle – thus, by its nature, the BMW X5 is close to the company’s rear-wheel-drive sedans. Body dimensions of the model: length 4667 mm, width 1872 mm, height 1707 mm. The wheelbase is 2820 mm, and the minimum turning radius is 6 m. The luggage compartment has a volume of 465 litres. The whole book with the rear seats folded is 1550 litres. A convenient solution is the upper and lower sections of the tailgate that open separately.

The first-generation BMW X5 has equipped with six airbags, an anti-lock braking system and electronic brake-force distribution. The standard equipment includes an electronic stability control system, an assistant when descending from a mountain, rear parking sensors, a rain sensor and other equipment. The body of the E53 meets stringent passive safety requirements – the vehicle has been highly rated in crash tests by the American Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Excellent appearance, exemplary handling, luxurious, comfortable interior are the main advantages of the BMW X5. This crossover may not have enough off-road qualities, but this is not important for many fans of the model. And besides, the BMW X5 has always been one of the status cars. Today, the range of prices for used E53s is quite extensive, but you should not even consider suspiciously cheap options if the goal is to find a car in excellent technical condition, with a minimum number of owners and with an impeccable history. The latter is very important: after all, this car is one of the “champions” in stealing. As for diseases and typical malfunctions, they are all well studied, but you should be prepared for expensive service.

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