Blending luxury with off-roading: BMW X5, Land Rover Discovery, more

New Delhi | Updated: May 31 2014, 19:04pm hrs
BMW X5BMW?s new off-roader, X5, can also be driven like a sports car.
This week, the third generation of the BMW X5 was launched in India. BMW claims the X5 is the worlds most successful Sports Activity Vehicle. To be locally produced in the companys Chennai plant, the BMW X5 xDrive 30d is priced at Rs 70.9 lakh. The Sports Activity Vehicle segment was created by BMW and it essentially means a vehicle with off-road capabilities that can also be driven like a sports car. While the X5 doesnt have any direct competitors in India, we take a look at three cars that are slotted in its price segment: Land Rover Discovery, Porsche Cayenne and the slightly lesser priced Mercedes-Benz M-Class.

* The all-new BMW X5: Powered by a 3.0-litre diesel engine that delivers an output of 258 bhp, it goes from 0-100 kmph in just 6.9 seconds

* Land Rover Discovery:Powered by a 3.0-litre SDV6 diesel engine producing an output of 244 bhp, it goes from 0-100 kmph in 9.3 seconds

* Porsche Cayenne diesel: Powered by a 3.0-litre diesel engine producing an output of 245 bhp, it goes from 0-100 kmph in 7.6 seconds

* Mercedes-Benz ML 350: Powered by a 3.0-litre diesel engine producing an output of 254 bhp, it goes from 0-100 kmph in 7.4 seconds