X5 Turbo Diesel (no 3rd row seating)
By Andrew on
2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)
Had a 3.0 X5. Test drove Audi, Lexus, Acura, BMW gas, and fell for performance of X5 diesel. After 7,000 miles I am actually trading it in for MB ML350 diesel. BMW just not as comfortable. Seats not as supportive. Engine can be too loud. Satellite radio comes & goes. Passenger seat grinds/clicks when moved. Steering wheel squeaks when moved. Rt side speakers go dead on iPod integration. Need to roll the window up/down a few times to get speakers back. Steering wheel does not telescope long enough for 6-1 height. Engine performance is incredible. Second seat leg room is great. Cargo space is great. Just want more refinement. Maybe I am getting old.
Engine performance is phenomenal. The gas pedal is responsive at any speed. 26mpg hwy is real. Handling is solid. iDrive system is easy and intuitive. Plenty of cargo space for 3 ice hockey bags. Good second seat leg room.
Engine insulation could be better. There is no doubt this is a diesel, but it is also supposed to be a luxury car. Longer telescope on steering wheel. LCD screen resolution is sub par. Nav sys street labels can be hard to read. Cup holders are in front of iDrive & gear shift. Std wheels too small.