2012 BMW X5 M

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Key Specs

of the 2012 BMW X5 M. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance potential
  • Fuel efficiency of xDrive35d
  • Upscale cabin materials
  • Much improved iDrive system

The Bad

  • Reliability
  • Small cargo area
  • Gets pricey with options

Notable Features of the 2012 BMW X5 M

  • Turbocharged six-cylinder or twin-turbo V-8
  • Turbo-diesel six-cylinder (xDrive35d)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission (xDrive35i, xDrive50i)
  • Regenerative braking
  • Standard AWD
  • Available 555-hp X5 M

2012 BMW X5 M Overview

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Vehicle Overview

BMW's all-wheel-drive X5 crossover uses the turbocharged six-cylinder and V-8 engines also seen in models like the 5 Series and X6. Also offered are a diesel xDrive35d model and a high-performance X5 M version. Depending on the model, the X5 can seat five people in two rows or seven in three. Competitors include the Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz M- and GL-Class, and Acura MDX.

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New for 2012
Additional standard features for 2012 include the BMW Assist emergency communication system, an iPod/USB adapter, LED headlight rings, a cargo cover and roof rails. In addition, auto-dimming mirrors, parking sensors, a power liftgate, ambient lighting and heated front seats are also standard.

The diesel model gains standard leather upholstery and a power steering column, while the V-8-powered xDrive50i adds a universal garage door opener and a navigation system. BMW Apps, an application that allows a variety of iPhone applications to run through the iDrive system, is a $250 option.

Exterior
Eighteen-inch alloy wheels are standard on the base xDrive35i, with 19-inchers optional. An M Sport Package adds more aggressive bodywork and 20-inch wheels. Exterior features include:

  • Automatic headlights
  • Available panoramic moonroof
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Power liftgate


Interior
The X5's dashboard places a wide screen atop the central air vents, with navigation and other interfaces within. It's controlled by BMW's latest-generation iDrive system...

Vehicle Overview

BMW's all-wheel-drive X5 crossover uses the turbocharged six-cylinder and V-8 engines also seen in models like the 5 Series and X6. Also offered are a diesel xDrive35d model and a high-performance X5 M version. Depending on the model, the X5 can seat five people in two rows or seven in three. Competitors include the Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz M- and GL-Class, and Acura MDX.

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New for 2012
Additional standard features for 2012 include the BMW Assist emergency communication system, an iPod/USB adapter, LED headlight rings, a cargo cover and roof rails. In addition, auto-dimming mirrors, parking sensors, a power liftgate, ambient lighting and heated front seats are also standard.

The diesel model gains standard leather upholstery and a power steering column, while the V-8-powered xDrive50i adds a universal garage door opener and a navigation system. BMW Apps, an application that allows a variety of iPhone applications to run through the iDrive system, is a $250 option.

Exterior
Eighteen-inch alloy wheels are standard on the base xDrive35i, with 19-inchers optional. An M Sport Package adds more aggressive bodywork and 20-inch wheels. Exterior features include:

  • Automatic headlights
  • Available panoramic moonroof
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Power liftgate


Interior
The X5's dashboard places a wide screen atop the central air vents, with navigation and other interfaces within. It's controlled by BMW's latest-generation iDrive system, whose knob controller now has various shortcut keys surrounding it for easier use. The automatic transmission continues to employ a console-mounted electronic shifter.

Seating for five is standard; an optional third-row seat raises capacity to seven. Other options include a power-adjustable steering column and ventilated seats. Interior features include:

  • Standard automatic climate control
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering column; power adjustments optional
  • iPod/USB adapter
  • Available premium stereo
  • Available wood trim


Under the Hood
The xDrive35i uses a turbocharged six-cylinder that makes 300 horsepower and 300 pounds-feet of torque. The xDrive50i has a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 that makes 400 hp and 450 pounds-feet of torque. Fitted with the eight-speed automatic transmission, the xDrive50i can hit 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds, BMW estimates.

The X5 xDrive35d uses a twin-turbo diesel six-cylinder with 265 hp and 425 pounds-feet of torque. Sixty mph comes in 6.9 seconds, BMW says; thanks to the higher efficiency of diesel fuel, EPA-estimated gas mileage tops the X5 range at 19/26 mpg city/highway. The xDrive35d uses a six-speed automatic. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Brake Energy Regeneration system on gas models captures energy when braking or coasting
  • Optional adaptive suspension


Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Traction control


X5 M
BMW's M performance division souped-up the X5 for 2010, and its drivetrain consists of a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 that makes 555 hp and 500 pounds-feet of torque and uses a six-speed automatic transmission. Zero to 60 mph comes in 4.5 seconds — quicker than many sports cars. As to be expected of a performance offshoot, the X5 M carries unique bumpers, aggressive side sills and highly bolstered sport seats.

For sharper handling, the X5 M's all-wheel drive gains BMW's Dynamic Performance Control system, which apportions extra power to the outside rear wheel during corners. The X6 is the only other BMW to include this system. Changes for 2012 include the addition of an automatic liftgate and an iPod/USB connector as standard equipment. Back to top


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(4.0)

Sweet car!!

by DomWill on September 21, 2017

I think this car is nice. BMW really put together an great car. I have been told the X5M owners will never downgrade. Read full review

(4.0)

X5m...awesome suv

by TR184 from Papillion on July 8, 2017

Great suv! Performance is outstanding! Great handling. Some complain about it being rough, but I find it very pleasant. Very comfortable seats. One bad thing is that there is not much storage ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 BMW X5 M currently has 5 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 BMW X5 M has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by BMW

Program Benefits

Comprehensive inspection by BMW technician, 24/7 Roadside Assistance, BMW Assist. Exceptional vehicles with exceptional coverage

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Miles for 1-Year

    BMW Certified Pre-Owned: Covers you for unlimited miles for 1-year, after the expiration o f the 4-year / 50,000 mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty for a total of 5 years with unlimited miles. This includes up to 5 years and unlimited miles of BMW Roadside Assistance and BMW Assist (TM) on many late model BMW vehicles. Additional plans are available to extend your vehicle's coverage for up to a total of 6 years with unlimited miles. See your BMW Center for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Comprehensive inspection.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The X5 M received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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