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X5 F15 (2014 - Current)
The all new F15 BMW X5 started production August 2013 as a 2014 model year. The new X5 arrives in sDrive35i (RWD), xDrive35i, xDrive50i and a diesel xDrive 35d.

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Old 11-03-2013, 06:15 PM
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drove a 50i today

They gave us the keys and said come back in 20. Also drove an F10 M5 (w/ comp pkg @ 575hp) and B7 Alpina. Back to the F15 - the exterior front is pretty nice in person - stands out a great deal but mostly because it was an M-sport, something I'd reckon is req'd to make it look nice compared to stock. The rear is still meh. Interior is gorgeous. Screen was monstrous - bigger than an ipad in landscape it seemed. Steering wheel also nice - the material feel is a much better leather. Paddle shifters were too hard-clicky for me, and they are useless when doing twisties as you can't reach them all the time. I neglected to try the drawing with idrive touchpad - didn't think to go into those screens at the time - it's not active like a mouse cursor at every screen. The drive - I don't have a 48i or 50i E70 to compare with, but the first thing I noticed was how light the vehicle felt because the power was more than enough even though there was some lag from a stop. Steering was definitely different (maybe because of the electric change) and it wasn't a good different. I liked it at first but as I got to making half a dozen turns it felt too light - this is why most people say it feels disconnected from the road - don't want BMW to stray from that. I loved the M5 steering and sure enough it's not electric. Vehicle also bounced and wavered more than my adaptive drive does doing the same bends at speed (as I left in mine). Not quite sure if it had the dynamic handling/damper control. If it did, it was unremarkable.
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Old 11-03-2013, 06:37 PM
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It looks wayyyy too much like a large X3... I prefer the previous design.
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Old 11-04-2013, 02:04 AM
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Was the hexagon trim in the X5? What was your opinion on the look and feel of the material? I've only been able to see the trim in a '13 3 series and it looked too dark and like cheap plastic. I am wondering if the material in the X5's looks any better.
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:49 AM
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Was the hexagon trim in the X5? What was your opinion on the look and feel of the material? I've only been able to see the trim in a '13 3 series and it looked too dark and like cheap plastic. I am wondering if the material in the X5's looks any better.
yes if you mean the one that I thought was the typical carbon fiber trim, only lighter in color. You can see it in the pic with the shifter and it was indeed on the door. I googled hexagon trim bmw and that's what it looks like too. It didn't feel like cheap tin/plastic to me although it's nothing like the laminated light poplar wood I'm used to. For me it was a nice difference and made the interior brighter along with the Oyster seats. I can see how it could be overdone (like here), but it was fine in the X5.
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Mods: Carbon 35 tint, LED angel eyes, GP Thunder 7500k fogs, H&R 20mm/25mm spacers, clear reflectors, gunsmoke-tinted taillights

-> more pics at Flickr <-

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Old 11-04-2013, 08:05 AM
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yes if you mean the one that I thought was the typical carbon fiber trim, only lighter in color. You can see it in the pic with the shifter and it was indeed on the door. I googled hexagon trim bmw and that's what it looks like too. It didn't feel like cheap tin/plastic to me although it's nothing like the laminated light poplar wood I'm used to. For me it was a nice difference and made the interior brighter along with the Oyster seats. I can see how it could be overdone (like here), but it was fine in the X5.
That's good to hear. I am ordering the 50 with aluminum trim leaning towards the hexagon and I was hoping it looked better in person. The best I have seen is the video below of the M50d. The video looks a lot better then the trim I saw so I am 95% sure thats the way i'm going.

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Old 11-04-2013, 03:35 PM
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50i for sale??

Was this 50i for sale? Mine has been on hold in Spartansburg for 5 weeks and BMW has not revealed why!
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:42 AM
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Was this 50i for sale? Mine has been on hold in Spartansburg for 5 weeks and BMW has not revealed why!
no it was just a driving event via invitation (not sure why I was picked) around country roads. They had M5, M6, X5, 760, B7, 650i all to jump in and drive at your leisure. The F15 was a nice surprise staring me in the face when we got there - it wasn't mentioned in the flyer.

5 weeks on hold sounds like agony as that's how long it took in total to have mine built way back when.
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Mods: Carbon 35 tint, LED angel eyes, GP Thunder 7500k fogs, H&R 20mm/25mm spacers, clear reflectors, gunsmoke-tinted taillights

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Old 11-05-2013, 07:48 PM
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Interior looks great, exterior looks **** - agree w/ other mentions that it's like an abnormal X3. I'm going to one of these events this weekend for 6 & 7 series - curious if the F15 will make a guest appearance.
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:54 PM
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That's good to hear. I am ordering the 50 with aluminum trim leaning towards the hexagon and I was hoping it looked better in person. The best I have seen is the video below of the M50d. The video looks a lot better then the trim I saw so I am 95% sure thats the way i'm going.

Wow! The badging on the back is definitely for someone using as a status symbol. It looks terrible!
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:02 PM
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How was the noise in the cabinet? I drove an i35 and the isolation was great. I wonder if the V8 is more noisy inside the cabinet. Did it bother you or would you wish it was less noisier?
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Old 11-16-2013, 09:56 PM
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That's good to hear. I am ordering the 50 with aluminum trim leaning towards the hexagon and I was hoping it looked better in person. The best I have seen is the video below of the M50d. The video looks a lot better then the trim I saw so I am 95% sure thats the way i'm going.

This video shows the front air channels with an aluminum line in the middle but the M sports model doesn't come with it. It's normally just plastic. I love the M sports but hesitant to get it because of that part. Any idea why the video has a different version?
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Old 11-16-2013, 11:03 PM
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I must be missing something, this is not a 50i it is a M50d which is not available in the USA, why it's not available in the USA is unknown
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Old 11-17-2013, 02:00 AM
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Re: drove a 50i today

This is the m50d which isnt offered in the US for some reason. I'd love to have this model since I think BMWs diesel is underpowered compared to the ML 350 bt.

I agree with the plastic front and think this version looks better. There is a thread on this forum discussing being able to swap them out which is what I am going to do.

Video was originally intended to show the hexagon aluminum trim and compare to what OP saw.

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Old 11-17-2013, 08:40 AM
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This is the m50d which isnt offered in the US for some reason. I'd love to have this model since I think BMWs diesel is underpowered compared to the ML 350 bt.

I agree with the plastic front and think this version looks better. There is a thread on this forum discussing being able to swap them out which is what I am going to do.

Video was originally intended to show the hexagon aluminum trim and compare to what OP saw.

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Thanks for that info. That's great if we're being able to swap. I couldn't find that tread. Would you mind shooing it to me or sharing some info on how to swap?
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Old 11-17-2013, 08:53 AM
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Re: drove a 50i today

Search for "m sport pretty boring looking" thread it has the info that says the chrome piece is a clip on. There are not too may specifics but I would think it should be a replaceable part. Time will tell

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Old 11-17-2013, 06:47 PM
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Thanks for the info.
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Old 11-17-2013, 06:47 PM
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How was the noise in the cabinet? I drove an i35 and the isolation was great. I wonder if the V8 is more noisy inside the cabinet. Did it bother you or would you wish it was less noisier?
with the 50i I want to hear it. It was actually not that loud so good for some but not for all.
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Old 11-17-2013, 06:54 PM
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with the 50i I want to hear it. It was actually not that loud so good for some but not for all.
Have you also driven 35i and you feel there is a difference in noise? Would you say it's noisier?
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