Where to start? Noisy engine that nonetheless delivers marginal performance, an astoundingly loud continuously-variable transmission (CVT), unimpressive gas mileage, and hard, nasty, ugly plastics inside.
Any good points? Ummmm...the seats are comfortable.
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(5) 2009 BMW X5 xDrive 35d diesel. We kinda don't get the big, heavy SUV thing; we're station wagon people. So while we've politely ignored the gasoline-guzzling variations of the X5, we were hopeful for the new 265-horsepower, 3.0-liter twin-turbo clean-diesel variation (and, yes, that's its full, correct model name above).
But the same engine that's so delightful in the 2009 BMW 335d sedan has noticeable a throttle lag in the X5; it just doesn't feel good. What are they smoking in the tuning department in Munich?
The culprit may be weight; the diesel BMW 3-Series sedan weighs 3,825 pounds, while the X5 is a porcine 5,225 pounds. Just getting that mass to move requires different tuning--but it's nowhere near as nice for the driver. Disappointing.
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