Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2014 BMW X5 VS 2014 Buick Enclave Near Phoenix, AZ

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2014 BMW X5

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2014 Buick Enclave

Safety Comparison

The X5 has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Enclave doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The X5 offers optional City Collision Mitigation, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Enclave offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X5 xDrive’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Enclave doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

A passive infrared night vision system optional on the X5 helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Enclave doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The X5 offers an optional Surround View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Enclave only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The X5’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Enclave doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the X5 and the Enclave have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The X5’s corrosion warranty is 6 years and unlimited miles longer than the Enclave’s (12/unlimited vs. 6/100,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X5 for 2 years and 26000 miles longer than Buick pays for maintenance for the Enclave (4/50,000 vs. 2/24,000).

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X5 has a standard 210-amp alternator. The Enclave’s 170-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The X5 s/xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 12 more horsepower (300 vs. 288) and 25 lbs.-ft. more torque (295 vs. 270) than the Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6. The X5 xDrive50i’s standard 4.4 turbo V8 produces 157 more horsepower (445 vs. 288) and 210 lbs.-ft. more torque (480 vs. 270) than the Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

The X5’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 143 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 270) than the Enclave’s 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the X5 xDrive35d gets better fuel mileage than the Enclave AWD (23 city/31 hwy vs. 16 city/22 hwy). The X5 xDrive35d gets better fuel mileage than the Enclave FWD (23 city/31 hwy vs. 17 city/24 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the X5 gets better fuel mileage than the Enclave:

X5

Enclave

2WD

sDrive35i/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

V6

4WD

xDrive35i/Auto

18 city/27 hwy

16 city/22 hwy

V6

Regenerative brakes improve the X5’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Enclave doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the X5’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Enclave doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the X5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Enclave (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. 255/60R19).

The X5’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Enclave’s standard 65 series tires. The X5’s optional 275/40R20 front and 315/35R20 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the Enclave’s optional 55 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the X5 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Enclave doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The X5 has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Enclave’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The X5 has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the X5 flat and controlled during cornering. The Enclave’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The X5 offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Buick doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Enclave.

The X5 offers an available driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Enclave’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The X5 has a standard automatic rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Enclave doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For greater off-road capability the X5 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Enclave (8.2 vs. 7.6 inches), allowing the X5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The X5 is 8.7 inches shorter than the Enclave, making the X5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The design of the BMW X5 amounts to more than styling. The X5 has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .33 Cd. That is lower than the Enclave (.358) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the X5 get better fuel mileage.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The X5’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the tailgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Enclave’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.

Ergonomics Comparison

The X5’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. An easy entry system costs extra on the Enclave.

The X5 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts onto the windshield, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Enclave doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The X5’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Enclave’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully. Only its driver’s window closes automatically.

Comfort Access optional on the X5 allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Buick Enclave doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The X5 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Enclave doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The X5’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Enclave’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the X5 to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Enclave doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the X5 has a standard rear variable intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Enclave only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The X5 offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Enclave doesn’t offer headlight washers.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the X5 detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Enclave doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The X5 has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the Enclave. The X5 also offers optional heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Enclave.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the X5’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Enclave doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the X5 offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Enclave doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The X5’s optional Parking Assistant can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Enclave doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The X5 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the X5 will retain 49.67% to 53.21% of its original price after five years, while the Enclave only retains 46.95% to 49.04%.

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