2011 Ford
Edge Sport
vs. 2012 BMW
X5 xDrive35i

2011 Ford Edge Sport

10.0

starting from

$39,600

Reasons to buy the Ford Edge Sport

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Quite expensive
$39,600
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Sporty performance
14.7 lb/hp
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Good braking distance from 60mph
124 ft
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Comparable turning radius
38.6 ft
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i

9.6

Runner-up

BMW X5 xDrive35i

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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Longer basic warranty
50,000 mile
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
4 year
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More passenger seats
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Entertainment System 10.0 vs 9.0
2011 Ford Edge Sport Winner: Edge Sport
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  • It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Edge Sport; but it's not available at all on the X5 xDrive35i
  • The Edge Sport has 2 more speakers, providing a better entertainment experience, 12 vs 10
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Ford Edge Sport Winner: Edge Sport
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  • Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Edge Sport
Performance 10.0 vs 9.6
2011 Ford Edge Sport Winner: Edge Sport
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  • The Edge Sport's power-to-weight ratio is more than 10% better, providing a sportier ride, 14.7 lb/hp vs 16.5 lb/hp
  • The Edge Sport needs around 10% less space to turn, 38.6 ft vs 42.0 ft
Cost 9.8 vs 10.0
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i Winner: X5 xDrive35i
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  • Basic warranty lasts 14,000 more miles, 50,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Basic warranty lasts 1 more year, 4 year vs 3 year
Safety Features 10.0 vs 10.0
Too close to call
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Road Tests - vs -
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  • The X5 xDrive35i's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the Edge Sport is pretty good, too
  • The X5 xDrive35i has lightning fast acceleration, and the Edge Sport isn't bad, either
  • Both vehicles have good cornering ability
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 9.6

Entertainment System

Ford
Edge Sport
2011 Ford Edge Sport
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
X5 xDrive35i
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Number of speakers 12 vs 10 Both have more speakers, but the Edge Sport in particular has a large number
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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 Sport; but it's not available at all on the X5 xDrive35i

Luxury Features

Ford
Edge Sport
2011 Ford Edge Sport
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
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 Standard vs Optional Leather-appointed interiors are available on both; but it comes standard with the Edge Sport

Performance

Ford
Edge Sport
2011 Ford Edge Sport
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
X5 xDrive35i
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Horsepower 305 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 Sport's Automatic transmission are unusual transmissions for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Standard vs Standard Both come standard with paddle shifters
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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 14.7 lb/hp vs 16.5 lb/hp The Edge Sport 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 Sport is comparable to most other vehicles for turning, but the X5 xDrive35i is quite bad

Cost

Ford
Edge Sport
2011 Ford Edge Sport
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
X5 xDrive35i
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MSRP $39,600 vs $48,075 Very expensive
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In-city gas mileage 17 mpg vs 16 mpg The Edge Sport 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 Sport'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 Sport's is very short

Safety Features

Ford
Edge Sport
2011 Ford Edge Sport
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 MyFord vs BMW Assist

Road Tests

Ford
Edge Sport
2011 Ford Edge Sport
2012 BMW X5 xDrive35i BMW
X5 xDrive35i
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0-60 mph 7.6 seconds vs 6.4 seconds The X5 xDrive35i has lightning fast acceleration, and the Edge Sport isn't bad, either
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Braking distance at 60mph 124 ft vs 130 ft Both vehicles have above average braking abilities for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 15.9 s @ 88 mph vs 14.7 s @ 92 mph The X5 xDrive35i's 1/4 mile time is blazingly fast, and the Edge Sport is pretty good, too
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Lateral acceleration 0.82 g vs 0.81 g Both vehicles have good cornering ability
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Ford
Edge Sport
2011 Ford Edge Sport
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 Sport
2011 Ford Edge Sport
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 Sport 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 Sport 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

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2011 Ford Edge Limited 2011 Toyota RAV4 Limited Edge Limited vs RAV4 Limited
2011 Ford Edge Limited 2011 Ford Explorer Edge Limited vs Explorer
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