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2009 BMW X5 Review

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The 2009 BMW X5 is one of the better-handling utility vehicles of any shape, and a newly available diesel makes it even more appealing, but its styling and interior fail to wow.

TheCarConnection.com's editors drove the new BMW X5 in order to give you an expert opinion. TheCarConnection.com's experts then researched available road tests on the new BMW X5 to produce this conclusive review and to help you get the most complete impression of this luxury SUV.

The BMW X5 is better than ever, but it can use more dramatic styling and an iDrive transplant. For 2009, the BMW X5 returns with some revised features and a new diesel model, the X5 xDrive35d.

By utilizing BluePerformance Technology, which incorporates AdBlue injection, in the 2009 xDrive35d’s inline six-cylinder engine, BMW is making diesel technology available in all 50 states. The xDrive35d utilizes two turbos of different sizes for heightened responsiveness. At its maximum, the xDrive35d produces 425 pound-feet of torque at 1,750 rpm and 265 horsepower at 4,200 rpm.

The diesel feels considerably more powerful than the base gasoline engine, a 260-horsepower, 3.0-liter six-cylinder, and it would be the preferred choice over the optional 350-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 for those who plan to tow or haul heavier loads. All engines use a six-speed automatic transmission to get power to all four wheels via standard all-wheel drive.

The 2009 BMW X5 is a rather tall vehicle, yet it stays remarkably composed in corners, with the all-wheel-drive and electronic stability-enhancing systems always maintaining an even keel. The automatic shifts with authority, but is smooth at cruising speeds and in Sport mode alike. With or without the optional Sport package (which adds 19-inch wheels, run-flat all-season tires, and BMW's AdaptiveDrive stability and automatic damping control system), anything like legal speed driving doesn't begin to challenge the X5's composure.

The 2009 BMW X5 is capable of transporting seven passengers, now that BMW's fitted a third-row seat to its interior, and interior room is good for all occupants. Exterior styling doesn't change much. The X5 was never one of the most handsome vehicles in its class, but it is inoffensive. Inside, it's fairly austere and decked out with gadgets like the infuriating iDrive controller that operates the audio, navigation, and climate controls.

The X5 earns the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick award and scores high in federal crash tests, earning mostly five-star ratings, save for a four-star side-passenger impact rating and a four-star rollover rating.

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2016 BMW X5 RWD 4-Door sDrive35i

We have traditionally only purchased Mercedes cars but the X5 beats the GLE/ML and won our business.

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The BMW X5 35i S-drive has proven performance of the BMW Twin Power 3.0L six which beats the Mercedes 3.5L in power and fuel economy. The overall updated style of the X5 trumps the older ML and mildly updated... + More »
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
2015 BMW X5 AWD 4-Door xDrive35i

X5 Dissapointment

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For a $70,000 car the level of quality and performance are disappointing. I have experienced interior lighting problems, squeaks and noise inside the car, Fog lamps not working. The most annoying issue is the... + More »
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Friday, October 16, 2015
For 2015 BMW X5

Exceptional vehicle, except

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We love the car, but just on days that aren't too warm. Everything but the AC is spot on. The AC won't even hold temperature on a hot sunny day unless you leave it on MaxAC the entire time. And that is pretty... + More »
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