2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d

31 Oct 2009 | 1,363 views | No Comment
If I told you I had a luxury sport utility vehicle that gets the same gas mileage as a Toyota RAV4, would you be interested in taking a look? If so, BMW’s 2009 X5 xDrive 35d Diesel is for you. It boasts a 3 liter, double overhead cam turbocharged diesel, in line six cylinder powerplant that can travel more than 580 miles on a single tank of gas. Fortunately, a round of test driving proved to us that the mileage estimates are pretty accurate. I averaged over 22 miles per gallon and I wasn’t exactly driving it lightly. It carries a base price of $52,025, and with options, our testor came to $65,620. When you hear the word “diesel,” you’re probably thinking that means “loud, dirty, black smoke, and tow trucks.” But that kind of thinking is a thing of the past. Nowadays, diesels are almost as quiet as gas, cleaner, more environmentally acceptable, more powerful, someone said 8 cylinder power with 4 cylinder efficiency. Did I mention how solid the x5 is? After all, it still weights two and a half tons. Still, it feels steady and reassuring on the road, and despite the fact that it has a diesel engine, it can really get up and go on the road. It’s anything but a slug, never mind how much it weighs. And you’ll feel that 425 foot-pounds of torque almost immediately, at 1,750 rpm. That’s better than the V-8 in the gasoline powered X5. The x5 came well equipped, navigation, back up camera, heated seats front and rear, my favorite option, a heated steering wheel. Standard equipment includes the xDrive all wheel drive system, hill descent control, halogen free form foglights, xenon adaptive headlights, AM-FM stereo CD/MP3, panoramic moonroof and other items. Options on the test car included the cold weather package that includes the heated steering wheel, ski bag, and heated front and rear seats. Of course, there was the infamous iDrive, which controls the climate, entertainment, communications and other features. For many people this is one of the few drawbacks on BMW products, because unless you’ve owned a car equipped with iDrive, it isn’t exactly an intuitive system. I enjoy using it, but I’ve driven BMWs equipped with them for some time. You will likely need to make close friends with the owners manual and maybe a training video to get the most out of the system. Another issue for many people is the electronic gear shifter. The pattern feels counterintuitive and you may find yourself engaging the wrong gear until you get used to it. The automatic lift gate was very cool, and is becoming more of a standard in this class of SUV. The rims look much of the rims on the stock 6 cylinder and for $65,000, there should have been a nice design available exclusively on the diesel model. To finish it off, the interior was complete with Dark Burl Walnut wood trim and black Nevada leather, Sharp! The all-wheel drive is engaged full-time and has a normal, 60 percent of weight to the rear and 40 percent to the front, Power automatically shifts from rear wheels to the front when needed, no driver input required. If you are in the market for a luxury sport utility vehicle, and don’t much like pumping gas, this is your vehicle.

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