2010 BMW X5 Consumer Review: Will never go back to gas engi

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Will never go back to gas engines
By eastcoast on


2010 BMW X5 xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 6A)


11,000 miles on a 2010 X5 diesel and I love it. Excellent build quality, performance, comfort, and zero defects. (I'll be first in line for the new X5 4.0d in 2011.) I like the comfort/convenience of an SUV while knowing that clean diesel doesn't pollute like a gas SUV. I looked at the 555hp X5 M, but I can't stomach guzzling gas and polluting like that any more. No tire problems yet. (And yes, whiners in the previous post, your X5 does have a spare tire. Try reading your owner's manual.) I've had 6 X5s since 2001. Although this is the most truck-like vehicle BMW has ever made, it has the best combination of performance, fuel efficiency, low emissions.

Best Features

28.5 mpg pure highway (optimal conditions). City/highway combined mpg: 23. That's great for a 5,300 lb vehicle. Add 3 passengers, and it's 3 tons. Comfort seats are the best. The new iDrive/navigation is vastly improved. The torque is great in the mountains.

Worst Features

BMW, pay attention: not all buyers equate noise with performance. This X5 is quieter than the last generation, but you can still tune out more exhaust and road noise. Diesel engine noise is fine but the exhaust note is too intrusive especially on hard acceleration. Your competitors all are quieter.
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