BMW X5 M50 D COTY Review

2017 COTY BMW X5 M50D Sports SUV Road Test

BMW X5 M50d Overview

When you first approach the BMW X5 M50d it really looks like the rest of the X5 range with some modifications. What lurks beneath is a sporty AWD SUV that has awesome performance.

The M Performance accruements are subtle but obvious to aficionados.

The BMW X5 M50d is another rare beast. Here is an AWD SUV that has style, performance and street cred. BMW have done an excellent job with the styling to make the car look smaller than it really is.

BMW X5 M50d Exterior

The exterior of the BMW X5 M50d displays the M Sport package equipment.

This includes:

M Aerodynamics package with front apron, side skirts, wheel arch trims, Double-spoke style 467 M with mixed tyres 20″ M light alloy wheels, Adaptive M suspension, Adaptive suspension package ‘Dynamic’, BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadow Line, BMW Individual Exterior Line Aluminium satinated,  M designation on the sides, exterior mirror caps in body colour, tailpipe trim strip in Chrome high-gloss in M Sport package, specific design Exclusive paintwork in Carbon Black metallic, BMW Individual roof rails, High-Gloss Shadow Line Roof rails Aluminium satinated

BMW X5 M50d Interior

Step inside and you immediately feel comfortable in the BMW leather Sport Seats for driver and front passenger with multiple electric adjustments especially the lumbar support.

In front of the driver is the M leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles and all the controls you need. It is very comfortable.

BMW X5 M50d

In front of the driver is an excellent heads up display that projects speed and arrow directions for navigation, directly into the driver’s field of vision and the dash is typically BMW, which means crisp, clear to read and functional.

There are adequate spots for drinks and ‘junk’ etc in the centre console etc, however the split lid is annoying.

The iDrive controls are easy to use and surprisingly intuitive. It appears that most prestige SUV’s now have some similar system and the BMW’s is amongst the best.

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Summary

The BMW X5 M50d is a gem. Don’t mistake it for an AWD SUV that you can take far off road, rather it is a sports SUV that provides fun in abundance with its awe inspiring engine and handling and towing capacity.

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, many years ago. He has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive.

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