The Good BMW throws every tech trick in the book, and invents some new ones, to make the 2010 BMW X5 M one of the best performing SUVs on the road. The hard-drive-based navigation system includes satellite imagery and dynamic routing around traffic congestion, while reserving 15 gigabytes of space for music storage. A top-down view is included in the parking system.
The Bad All this horsepower results in dismal fuel economy. A poor color scheme makes the navigation system's street maps difficult to read. The cabin tech interface has some quirks, such as two different settings menus.
The Bottom Line Technically stunning, the 2010 BMW X5 M works as track car and sport driver, but its bad fuel economy will make the daily commute costly. The cabin tech also offers a lot, but a few features fall short of the cutting edge.
2010 BMW X5 M
Most cars sporting BMW's vaunted M badge maintain a dual character: Clark Kent for everyday commutes and Superman for track days and weekend jaunts. But the all-new 2010 BMW X5 M is more like Dr. Bruce Banner--it can never really hide the Hulk lying beneath the surface.
Even at its most tame settings, the X5 M feels brawny. The thick steering wheel offers plenty of grip for your hands and road feedback, while its mighty heart, a twin-turbo V-8, pulses powerfully under the hood. In full M mode, the X5 shows its Hulk brute force, the engine roaring in anger and its muscular tires keeping it planted firmly on the ground.
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