Relishing the opportunity to drive this bad boy – I recently took out the very hot BMW X5 M50d. It’s no secret that I am a fan of luxury automobiles and this is one with a whole lot of horse power. The BMW X5 M50d has a special, fine-tuned powertrain, suspension and steering system. What does this mean – well for me it means that not only did I feel like I was driving a sports car rather than a large SUV it was light and responsive.
As stated on the BMW website, “The M Performance TwinPower Turbo straight six-cylinder diesel engine combines common rail direct injection and a unique three-stage turbocharger with variable turbine geometry”. Further it has 740 Nm torque, a peak output of 280 kW and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.3 seconds.
Essentially most will struggle to keep up with you at any set of lights and the car had a tendency to launch at the tap of the accelerator. What was most surprising is the fuel consumption, which BMW boast is 6.7 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 177 g/km. Having only driven this car for an afternoon it was difficult to put it entirely to the test. But attaining any consumption for this size vehicle in that range is going to be outstanding.
Driving up into Red Hill on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula, this was the perfect backdrop to experience this wonderful SUV. Stopping for a bite to eat at the beautiful Green Olive, the car was well suited to the dirt driveway and navigating to find the perfect car spot on a bustling and busy day in Red Hill. It’s times like this that I’m truly grateful to have an SUV and it’s added capabilities.
At a price tag of approximately $170,000 it’s not for everyone’s budget – but when compared to the $250,000 price tag of the Range Rover Sport Autobiography I reviewed recently it’s definitely good value.