Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 BMW X5 VS 2017 Tesla Model Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 BMW X5

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2017 Tesla Model

Safety Comparison

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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 Model X doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

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 Model X doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The X5’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Model X doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

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

The X5 has standard BMW Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to remotely unlock your doors if you lock your keys in, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Model X doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the X5 and the Model X have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, front and rear parking sensors, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

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The X5’s corrosion warranty is 8 years and unlimited miles longer than the Model X’s (12/unlimited vs. 4/50,000).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X5 for 3 years and 36,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Tesla doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Model X.

There are over 42 times as many BMW dealers as there are Tesla dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the X5’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the X5 first among midsize premium SUVs in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Model X isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

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The X5’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 97 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 316) than the Model X 60D’s standard electric motor. The X5’s 3.0 turbo diesel produces 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (413 vs. 387) than the Model X 75D’s standard electric motor.

As tested in Motor Trend the X5 xDrive50i 4.4 turbo V8 is faster than the Model X 75D:

 

X5

Model X

Zero to 60 MPH

4.3 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

12.8 sec

14.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

106.9 MPH

100.6 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The X5 xDrive35d’s maximum EPA estimated driving range on a full tank of fuel is 672 miles, after which it can be refueled at any diesel pump in minutes. The Model X’s range is only 257 miles, after which the minimum recharge time is 30 minutes for only a 54% charge at a specially configured quick charge station not available in most areas. A full recharge at a conventional charging station can take up to 82 hours and 53 minutes.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the X5 xDrive50i’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Model X:

 

X5 xDrive50i

Model X

Front Rotors

15.2 inches

14.2 inches

The X5 stops shorter than the Model X:

 

X5

Model X

 

60 to 0 MPH

110 feet

113 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the X5’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Model X (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. F:265/35R22 & R:285/35R22).

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 Model X doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

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

The X5 xDrive50i xDrive executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Model X 75D (26.3 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 26.7 seconds @ .7 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the X5 has a 2 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Model X (8.2 vs. 6.2 inches), allowing the X5 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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The BMW X5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 550 pounds less than the Tesla Model X.

The X5 is 5.1 inches shorter than the Model X, making the X5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The X5 is 5.2 inches narrower than the Model X, making the X5 easier to handle and maneuver in traffic.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the X5 xDrive35i xDrive is quieter than the Model X P90D (41 vs. 44 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the X5’s available middle row seats recline. The Model X’s middle row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The X5’s cargo area provides more volume than the Model X.

 

X5

Model X

Third Seat Removed

35.8 cubic feet

26 cubic feet

The X5’s standard rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Model X doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The X5’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Model X doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The X5 offers an optional heads-up display which projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Model X doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

If the windows are left down on the X5 the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Model X can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 Model X doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

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 Model X doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The X5 has a standard center folding armrest for the middle row passengers. A center armrest helps make middle row passengers more comfortable. The Model X doesn’t offer a middle row seat center armrest.

Recommendations Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the X5 second among midsize premium SUVs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Model X isn’t in the top three.

The X5 is ranked first in its class and received the 2015 “Total Quality Award.” The Model X is not ranked.

The BMW X5 outsold the Tesla Model X by over 143 to one during the 2016 model year.

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