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BMW X5 M50d • Review

BMW X5 M50d Review
5/5
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When the BMW X5 M50d accelerates over two tons to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds, it feels like a minor sensation – but the real appeal of the new BMW X5 M50d lies elsewhere.

The current model has again managed to offer even more driving pleasure. The model has been on the market since 2018, and the car is still growing in size. To summarise, the BMW X5 M50d is among the Diesel-SUV leaders in terms of performance. However, you can seldom exploit the promise of sport, and often you are stuck with it on holiday or in rush hour traffic. But even stop-and-go is fun, and you have the opportunity to use all the functions of BMW Assistant Plus.

Hence, in Comfort mode, the well-insulated three-litre six-cylinder engine barely audibly works its way into the distance. The vehicle reacts sensitively to commands from the accelerator. The car is certainly not a sedan with the M Chassis Professional, but that has never been our wish. We want it to be hard and feel any feedback from the ground. Otherwise, we would have taken the 30d.

First drive - BMW x5 M50d G05

With expectant vigour, the M50d tightens the side bolsters of the superb comfort seats. The Bimmer changes the graphics of the digital instrumentation and suddenly hisses out of the engine compartment with much more presence, supported by the subtle bubbling of the sports exhaust system, which now penetrates far back through the interior insulation. As willingly as the BMW M50d had previously resigned itself to the rigid Swiss speed limits, the 400 hp now nervously demands freedom under sharper gas pedal recognition. The excellent steering system follows the curve precisely.

The 4.9-metre-long M50d has a light-footed, compact appearance thanks to its self-steering rear wheels.

More power than expected

Our first M50d had three turbos and 380 HP. That’s right, once upon a time. The current M50d has a 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine with four exhaust gas turbochargers, which produces 400 hp and 760 Newton metres of maximum torque, available from 2,000 rpm.

But even before that, directly above idling speed, several hundred brave newton metres already ensure a dominant start at all times. But let’s start from the beginning. The engine wakes up almost without any acoustic background music in the interior. Extremely quiet and completely free of vibration, you wonder at first whether the pressure on the start button has had any effect. But a glance at the rev counter proves the impression wrong. 

Fortunately, we could buy one of these models, as BMW no longer produces this engine. These models are still top-rated on the second-hand market because of the towing power with a trailer.

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