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Family Haulers with Horsepower: 2018 BMW X5 50i

Family Haulers with Horsepower: 2018 BMW X5 50i

It’s time to dive back into my series detailing family cars that pack a punch of power. The Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG was my first pick to begin the series last fall. I’m focusing on vehicles that match the following criteria: lots of horsepower, 0-60 in under 5 seconds and three rows of seating. BMW’s X5 M would make a good choice but it has no third row option but you can step down one notch on engine size to the X5 50i. It has a twin-turbo V8 that produces 445 hp and is good for a 0-60 time of 4.7 seconds.

You have probably seen plenty of X5s running around but most of them are the smaller six cylinder, either the gas or diesel version. The 50i is in a unique spot because it’s fairly pricey compared to the base model. It really doesn’t have very many options to choose, other than colors, because so many features are part of the standard equipment. The 50i starts at $74,500, while the X5 model starts at $57,200.

On the short list of options you will find the third row seat for an extra $1,700. It also includes rear axle air suspension to make the ride smoother for those passengers. Additionally, checking the box for the third row will also add the Dynamic Damper control. Dynamic Damper allows you to customize ride firmness ranging from Comfort to Sport. The third row isn’t the most usable of the big SUVs on the market today, but when you consider the performance characteristics, it does make for a pretty sweet deal. Not very many SUVs of this size can claim a 4.7 second 0-60 time. To prove my point, here’s a list of some other performance cars the X5 50i competes with for acceleration.

0-60 Times:

2010 Aston Martin DB9 Automatic – 4.6 seconds

2011 Aston Martin Rapide – 5.0 seconds

2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe – 4.8 seconds

2001 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe – 4.7 seconds

2009 Porsche Boxster S – 4.8 seconds

I’m sure you noticed the above listed performance cars are a few years old and as SUVs go, overall, the X5 50i is by no means the quickest. However, when you add the option of a third row of seat, the list of available SUVs with plenty of performance becomes very short.

I’ll do some more digging to bring you some other family haulers with horsepower in the coming weeks.

 

Photos/Video Courtesy: BMW USA

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