Blending luxury with off-roading

May 31 2014, 04:31 IST
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SummaryPowered 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

Blending luxury with off-roading

BMW’s new off-roader that can also be driven like a sports car

* 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

This week, the third generation of the BMW X5 was launched in India. BMW claims the X5 is the world’s most successful Sports Activity Vehicle. To be locally produced in the company’s Chennai plant, the BMW X5 xDrive 30d is priced at R70.9 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 doesn’t 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.

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

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