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2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d Review – Advanced diesel technology meets the luxury SUV

Thursday August 6th, 2009 at 2:88 PM
Posted by: AKramer

2009 BMW X5 xDrive 35d

By Alex Kramer

Pros:

  • Dual-turbocharged 6 cylinder diesel engine = tons of torque
  • Impressive handling for a 5,100 pound SUV
  • Excellent fuel efficiency
  • Well-appointed, spacious interior

Cons:

  • Annoying throttle lag, especially at low speeds
  • iDrive interface is still clumsy and confusing
  • Steep $68,000 sticker price

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2008 BMW X5 Review – A Recipe for Adventure

Friday July 18th, 2008 at 6:77 AM
Posted by: Derek

2008 BMW X5

By R. Myint

Pros

  • Handling
  • Power
  • Styling

Cons

  • Cargo Capacity
  • Lack of rear hitch
  • Fuel mileage

Recipe for adventure:

Take 3 adults 3 bikes, and 3 days of mountain biking in Downieville, California. Add biking gear, camping gear and 2 full coolers. Place all items in the Ultimate Driving Machine, the BMW X5, and shake well. Cook the X5 over miles of freeway and twisty mountain roads for 6 hours and enjoy. Repeat as necessary for a fulfilling sensation that is tasty as a warm chocolate chip cookie fresh from the oven.
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First impressions: 2008 BMW X5 4.8i

Tuesday July 8th, 2008 at 1:77 AM
Posted by: hollyrrr

By Holly R.

2008 BMW X5 4.8i

  • Head-up display is a gem, and should be included on every single car in the U.S.
  • Given it’s size (and mine) I had no trouble at all seeing out of the car, on ANY side
  • Bluetooth® is really easy to program
  • Brilliant use of the interior space for cubbyholes and storage spaces
  • X5 is really fun to drive and the 350hp 4.8L V8 engine is a monster
  • The V8 has its disadvantages however: gas mileage was really bad @ 14.6 mpg
  • The seats had nice features, but I was unable to get comfortable in them
  • Given it’s size, the interior size seemed much smaller than it should be
  • Whoa! Sticker shock if you choose all the options

First Impressions:
I actually had quite a few first impressions. “Oh my God, it’s gorgeous.” “Wow, I get to drive a BMW!”. “This is a really BIG vehicle!”, but nothing compares to actually driving one. The X5 4.8i has a snarling 350-horsepower V8 engine, yet it’s stylish, technologically advanced, sexy and has some really great features. At first I thought it was snarling at me (it sounded like it was growling when accelerating), but I found it was actually snarling at the other cars on the road. “Pass me, I dare you.”
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