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2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d

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Day by Day Review: 2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d car test drives luxury cars daily car reviews bmw
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Having driven luxury vehicle after luxury vehicle for the past few weeks, I am starting to get to the point where I can review them more critically. But I also have to remind myself that the price tag reflects the quality in many cases, and that not every car is noise free and perfectly smooth riding.

That’s next week’s problem, though, when I’m back to reality with an all-new mid-sizer to test. This week I continue my luxury vehicle spree with the 2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d. You guessed it, the “d” represents diesel and of course the 35 has nothing to do with the engine displacement. The engine is a 3.0L inline-six-cylinder bi-turbo diesel powerplant, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Day by Day Review: 2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d car test drives luxury cars daily car reviews bmw
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The xDrive35d has a starting MSRP of $64,300, while my tester adds the Executive package for an additional $5,500. It includes: Electric Steering Column Adjustment, Rear View Camera with Top View, Automatic Trunk, Panorama Sunroof, Auto Dimming Interior and Exterior Mirrors, front and rear Park Distance Control, Navigation, HiFi Sound System and more.

Also added to my tester is the $3,500 Comfort and Technology Package as well as an additional $2,500 Sport Package, running boards ($800) and comfort seats ($1,000), which I suppose are more comfortable than standard seats?

This brings the total to close to $80,000 – I don’t care who you are, that’s a lot of coin for this vehicle, so at that price hopefully it brings me driving nirvana this week!

MSRP as tested (including destination): $79,695

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James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. James holds a national FIA race license and actively races and stewards at race events.