What is a BMW SAV?

SUVs are all over the roads today; while they're still second to sedans in terms of overall sales, the market share and competition increases every single day. They come in all manner of sizes, shapes and configurations from beefy truck-based models to the subcompact crossover models that look like high-tech station wagons. For a while it looked like SUVs were going to take a dive in sales due to surging gas prices, but that's changed as manufacturers have striven to improve fuel efficiency while maintaining power and performance.

As more of these vehicles hit the roads, manufacturers are looking for ways to distinguish their product from all the other vehicles on Manhattan, Bronx and Queens roads. For BMW, this means introducing the SAV. Let's review the difference between a BMW SAV vs SUV, what it means, what sets it apart, and where you can go to take a test drive of this SUV alternative today.


So what is an SAV vs SUV? SUV stands for Sport Utility Vehicle . It's a cross between a car and a truck. The degree to which the crossover occurs really depends on the individual vehicle. Some are built on a truck frame and incorporate car-like features, while others are built on a car frame and designed to offer some truck-like performance.

BMW, on the other hand, is seeking to create a whole new kind of crossover with its X5 crossover. While technically the X5 is a mid-sized crossover SUV, the company has dubbed it an SAV, which stands for Sport Activity Vehicle.

What Is a BMW SAV?

The term Sport Activity Vehicle refers to the sheer capabilities of the X5. The idea is to make customers aware that this particular vehicle isn't just a great off-roader, but has work capabilities and other sporting uses as well. Specifically, it points to the fact that this particular vehicle has a towing capacity of up to 6,000 lbs when properly equipped, it can come with an optional bicycle rack, tote a kayak or canoe (or full camping kit) on its roof, and stow tons of gear in its huge rear cargo space.

Old Term, Catching on

The funny thing about an SAV is that the term isn't a new one. BMW first released its initial vehicle deemed an SAV way back in the late 90s, but the X5 is really making a splash due to the sheer technology and capabilities under the hood. From its comfortable seating for five to its off-roading capabilities to outstanding towing capacity, to its great technology, the X5 has everything to offer. 

Since it's based on the 5 series sedan, it has four-wheel independent suspension, anti-roll bars, special speed-sensing steering, ABS disc brakes on all four wheels, and a ton of convenience features from Bluetooth integration to premium sound system and a full on-board computer.

Check Out the X5 SAV at BMW of Manhattan

If you're curious to see what an SAV has to offer for your Queens, Bronx and Manhattan area driving, we can help. Stop in for a test drive today!


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