Monday, August 06, 2012

Spotlight: BMW X5 3.0d (2009 / E70)

"Spotlight" is the section at Guitigefilmpjes aimed at making a short "pro-con" review combined with pictures and videos of cars that have been on the market for several years. Because the pictures and videos have been made several years ago, the quality may not be up to the modern standards. Still, Guitigefilmpjes would like to look back on these cars and share this with you. 

In 2007, BMW introduced the E70 as the 2nd generation X5 and as the predecessor to the X5 E53 (1999 - 2007). It was presented for the first time in August 2006 and went on sale in November 2006 in the United States, while in Germany had to wait until March 2007.
Just as with the E53, the E70 is mainly produced at BMW's Greer, South Carolina plant in the USA, alongside the BMW X6. However, assembly also takes place at BMW facilities in Toluca, Mexico and Kalingrad, Russia.

BMW improved the E70 by implementing a facelift, that is internally called "LCI - Life Cycle Improvement". Apart from minor changes in the styling, the E70 also received a new infotainment system and improved engines. 

BMW X5 3.0d xDrive (MY 2009 / E70) with 6-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox

Engine specifications:

Engine: M57D30TÜ2 / 2993 cm³ / R6 / diesel
Power: 235hp at 520 Nm
Top speed: 216km/h
Acceleration 0 - 100km/h: 8,1s 

Extra equipment:

Paint finish: Carbonblack Metallic
Upholstery: Leather Nevada Black
Interior trim: Brushed Aluminium

M-sport package: 
  • Interior trim brushed aluminium, Exterior aluminium, roof rails high-gloss Shadowline, 19-inch alloys styling 223M, sport seats with memory, anthracite headliner, M sport steering wheel, M sport bumpers, sport suspension) The exterior included bumpers that are painted in the car color instead of black plastic, this optical advantage was the main reason to order it.
  • Carbonblack metallic Included in the M-package, normally black and in the sun with a blue shade, lovely color.
  • Leather Nevada black Included in the M-package, as the car is regurlarly used for transporting loads, the black interior will not show wear and tear that easily.

  • Navigation Professional
  • Park Distance Control front and rear 
  • Xenon headlights
  • HiFi system 
  • USB-connection 
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Rear window sunblinds
  • Removal of the badging (3.0d & X5 badge)
  • Lumbar support 

Some pro's and con's on this 2009 BMW X5 3.0d xDrive:

  • Smooth diesel engine
  • The same can be said for the smooth shifting of the 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission
  • Sports suspension provides enough feedback from this otherwise heavy car
  • Comfortable sports seats
  • Because of its width and lack of transmission shaft, a 3rd person can sit comfortably in the middle seat of the back row
  • Large booth
  • The ample storage space in the center forward armrest 
  • Feel of the M-sport steering wheel is excellent
  • Car did not have the Efficient Dynamics package, resulting in a high fuel consumption
  • No Bluetooth was ordered (although it was available), causing nuisance when calling
  • The then current DVD-based navigation system is slow for current standards

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