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2009 BMW X5 Review

An SUV that has a powerful engine, superb handling, a luxurious interior, and the capacity to tow a recreational vehicle with style.

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The 2009 BMW X5 is BMW’s midsize SUV that is part of the 5 Series. There are lots of luxurious standard features, as well as three engines to choose from.

The Range

Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.0-liter 260-hp inline six-cylinder, 3.0-liter 265-hp twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder diesel, 4.8-liter 350-hp V-8
Transmissions: six-speed shiftable automatic with AWD
Models: BMW X5 xDrive30i, BMW X5 xDrive35d, BMW X5 xDrive48i

What's New

The 2009 BMW X5 offers a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine. Trim level names have been changed.


Standard equipment on the xDrive30i includes a roof spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels with run flat tires, variable intermittent rain-sensing wipers, rear defogger, power door locks, power windows, heated power mirrors with reverse tilt for curb view, intermittent rear wiper, roof rack, power glass panoramic sunroof, rear split liftgate door, trailer wiring, mechanical center differential, descent control, center limited slip differential, brake hill holder, four-wheel independent double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspensions, front and rear stabilizer bars, cornering lights, daytime running lights, fog lights, and dusk-sensing Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with self-leveling.

The X5 offers third row driver and passenger windows with optional privacy glass, and a large rear panoramic sunroof. The overall look of the X5 is very similar to the smaller X3. At 191.1 inches, the X5 is midsized. It offers 8.3 inches of road clearance, so it will be able to avoid obstacles in the terrain when taking the vehicle off-road.

When properly equipped, the X5 has a towing capacity of 6000 pounds.


The interior of the 2009 BMW X5 is elegant and stylish. Wood/alloy/leather trim covers most of the interior surfaces. The second row seating is comfortable and roomy, even on long drives, and its optional third row seating is cramped and only suitable for small children.

Standard equipment on the xDrive30i includes eight-way power driver and passenger seats with height adjustment, leatherette upholstery, bucket front seats, split-folding rear seatback, rear ventilation ducts, BMW iDrive controller, cruise control, front console with storage, speed-proportional power steering, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio control functions, 12-volt power outlets, interior charcoal air filter, dual-zone climate control with extended cabin heating, sun sensor, alloy/wood interior trim, memory settings for three drivers, tachometer, trip computer, external temperature display, pre-wired for cell phone use, and 205-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with two subwoofers and radio data system.

The X5 offers a cargo capacity of 75.2 cubic feet, big enough to carry sporting gear, luggage, or groceries.

Gauges are easy to read and optimally located. The iDrive controller continues to be less than user-friendly.

Performance & Handling

The 2009 BMW X5 offers three different engines: two gasoline options and one diesel option. All three trim levels are equipped with a six-speed shiftable automatic transmission.

All three trim levels can go from zero to 60 mph in seven seconds. The xDrive35d, BMW’s new diesel engine addition to the line, offers better fuel economy than the gasoline models.


Standard safety equipment on the 2009 BMW X5 includes ABS, stability control, traction control, hill descent, hill brake holder, a rollover sensor, front side-mounted airbags and side curtain airbags (that do not reach to the third row passengers). The X5 received five stars for driver protection on governmental frontal-impact crash testing, and four stars for passenger protection.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW X5 xDrive30i: 15/21 mpg city/highway
BMW X5 xDrive35d: 19/26 mpg city/highway
BMW X5 xDrive48i: 14/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Diesel gas mileage
  • Elegant interior
  • Handling
  • Safety ratings

You Won't Like

  • Curtain airbags don’t cover third row
  • iDrive controller
  • Options are costly

Sum Up

An SUV that has a powerful engine, superb handling, a luxurious interior, and the capacity to tow a recreational vehicle with style.

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