2011 Ford
Edge SEL
vs. 2012 BMW
X5 xDrive35i

2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i

10.0

starting from

$48,075
"The eight-speed automatic produces the sort of smooth shifts and quick responses you'd expect"
edmunds.com | talking about the X5's transmission
"The X5 has always put a premium on its handling, however, and for 2011 that doesn't change."
edmunds.com | talking about the X5's handling

Reasons to buy the BMW X5 xDrive35i

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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Paddle shifters
Standard
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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
2011 Ford Edge SEL

10.0

starting from

$33,325

Reasons to buy the Ford Edge SEL

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Very inexpensive
$33,325
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Average city fuel efficiency
18 mpg
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Average highway fuel efficiency
25 mpg
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Sporty performance
15.0 lb/hp
Performance 9.7 vs 10.0
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Winner: X5 xDrive35i
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  • The X5 xDrive35i comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Edge SEL
  • The X5 xDrive35i's Twin turbocharger forces more air into the engine, improving power output, Twin turbocharger vs None
  • The X5 xDrive35i's Semi-automatic transmission offers the best driving experience, Semi-automatic transmission vs Automatic transmission
Cost 10.0 vs 9.8
2011 Ford Edge SEL Winner: Edge SEL
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  • The best price we've seen is $14,750 cheaper (more than 30% less), $33,325 vs $48,075
  • Gets more than 10% more miles per gallon in the city, 18 mpg vs 16 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
  • Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Both have power seats
  • Neither offers a sun roof
Road Tests - vs -
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Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Overall 10.0 vs 10.0

Performance

Ford
Edge SEL
2011 Ford Edge SEL
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
X5 xDrive35i
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Horsepower 285 HP @ 6,500 RPM vs 300 HP @ 5,800 RPM Fairly powerful
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Number of gears 6 vs 8 Both have more gears, but the X5 xDrive35i in particular has a wide number
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Transmission Automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both the X5 xDrive35i's semi-automatic transmission and the Edge SEL's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Standard The X5 xDrive35i comes standard with paddle shifters for ultimate driving control; not available on the Edge SEL
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Air compressor None vs Twin turbocharger The X5 xDrive35i's Twin turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.0 lb/hp vs 16.5 lb/hp The Edge SEL is a sporty car, while the X5 xDrive35i is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs all-wheel drive Both have the usual drivetrain for this class of vehicle
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 38.6 ft vs 42.0 ft The Edge SEL is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the X5 xDrive35i is quite bad

Cost

Ford
Edge SEL
2011 Ford Edge SEL
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
X5 xDrive35i
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MSRP $33,325 vs $48,075 The Edge SEL has a reasonable price, while the X5 xDrive35i is very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 18 mpg vs 16 mpg The Edge SEL has OK city mileage, while the X5 xDrive35i is very inefficient
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 50,000 mile The X5 xDrive35i's %s warranty covers lots of miles, but the Edge SEL's doesn't cover many
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 4 year The X5 xDrive35i's basic warranty is long lasting, but the Edge SEL's is very short

Safety Features

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Edge SEL
2011 Ford Edge SEL
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
X5 xDrive35i
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Yes Both have electronic stability control
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs BMW Assist

Entertainment System

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Edge SEL
2011 Ford Edge SEL
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
X5 xDrive35i
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Number of speakers 6 vs 10 The X5 xDrive35i has more speakers and the Edge SEL is OK, too
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs No Neither offers speed-sensitive volume
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Yes Both have an audio-in jack so you can plug in your own MP3 player to the stereo
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Has subwoofer No vs No Neither has a subwoofer; audio won't have that deep thumping bass sound
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Edge SEL; but it's not available at all on the X5 xDrive35i

Luxury Features

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Edge SEL
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X5 xDrive35i
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Standard Both have power seats
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to leather

Road Tests

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Edge SEL
2011 Ford Edge SEL
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
X5 xDrive35i
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0-60 mph 8.1 seconds vs 6.4 seconds The X5 xDrive35i has lightning fast acceleration and the Edge SEL is just OK
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs 130 ft The X5 xDrive35i has above average braking ability for this class of vehicle, but the Edge SEL is just OK
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1/4 mile 16.6 s @ 87 mph vs 14.7 s @ 92 mph The X5 xDrive35i's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the Edge SEL's is OK, too
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Lateral acceleration 0.76 g vs 0.81 g The X5 xDrive35i has good cornering abilities compared to the merely average Edge SEL
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

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Edge SEL
2011 Ford Edge SEL
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
X5 xDrive35i
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 3 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Practicality

Ford
Edge SEL
2011 Ford Edge SEL
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
X5 xDrive35i
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Passengers 5 vs 7 The X5 xDrive35i has lots of passenger seats and the Edge SEL is OK, too
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Cargo space 68.9 ft3 vs 75.2 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.5 ft3 vs Unknown
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Base payload capacity 909 lb vs 1290 lb Average towing capacity
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs 4 The Edge SEL has a good number of cupholders, but the X5 xDrive35i does not
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Ford Edge SEL 2011 Chevrolet Equinox LS Edge SEL vs Equinox LS
2011 Ford Edge Limited 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Edge Limited vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Ford Edge SE 2012 Ford Escape Limited Edge SE vs Escape Limited
2012 BMW X5 Premium Placeholder X5 Premium vs Q5 Premium Plus
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 2011 Mercedes-Benz ML350 X5 xDrive35i vs ML350
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i X5 xDrive35i vs X3 xDrive28i

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