2014 BMW X5 M50d Tested by CAR Magazine

It’s hard to say no to a car that makes 740 Nm (546 lb-ft) of torque, no matter how big and how heavy it is. When you are presented with such power you immediately have to jump behind the wheel and see exactly how it feels.
BMW F15 X5 M50d 1 photo
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At least that was my reaction when we tested the new X5 M50d that has a 3-liter tri-turbo engine under the bonnet making 381 HP and the aforementioned torque. In case you didn’t know, this is the world’s most powerful 3-liter diesel engine and the world record holder for the highest specific engine output for a diesel unit. Plenty of records to go around.

The guys from CAR Magazine also took it for a 700 mile test and their conclusions aren’t too far off from our own. The car’s interior feels like it was drastically improved whilst the suspension varies a lot, depending on what package you opt for (there are 4 different choices to pick from).

The engine and transmission are flawless and smooth at all times, even when the launch control sequence is initiated, feeling less brutal than a 535d model, for example, that has less torque but it’s delivered in a much more ‘sudden’ way.

Overall, they gave this car a 5-star rating and it’s a well deserved one too. There are few things that could count as downsides but even so, it’s still a better car than the competition.

Full test at CAR Magazine.
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