By James Bergeron

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2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d

Day 1:

2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d
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I’m fairly certain I have started to confuse my co-workers lately. At the very least I am testing their automotive knowledge with the array of vehicles I have had over the past few weeks. For most people, if you tell them you are driving a Corolla or a Fit or a Vibe, they ask “Oh, how’s that?” or something to that effect. But when one week you say, “A6”, the next you say “A4” and the following week you say “X5” — they get a dazed look about them, their eyes turn up and to the right as they contemplate what the heck kind of car that is.

That’s the “problem” with luxury makes: they don’t use names for their cars (for the most part). I get why; the manufacturer wants the owner as well as anyone else standing on the sidelines to say, “It’s a BMW,”

2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d
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so that whether it is a 128i or a 750Li a person is looking at, the car is still a “BMW.”

This week the alphabet soup continues with the X5 — or, what BMW calls a Sports Activity Vehicle; or, what my co-workers call “Oh, an SUV? How’s that?”

To which I respond: “I’ve only had it for a few hours, but at $74,525 it had better be nice!” Yes, that is right, this week tester is priced over $70k; I can see the comments in the forums already.

My readers are savvy though, and by now they already know from the title that I am driving a diesel this week, and my readers LOVE diesels — I think. With 425lb-ft of torque, what is not to love? Are my readers savvy enough to know that the model designation — 35d — does not mean it is a 3.5-litre engine, though? Admittedly I wasn’t. It is a 3.0-litre diesel, the 35d is a yet another jumble of letters and numbers destined to confuse.

2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d
MSRP as tested (including destination): $74,525

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