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BMW proves that the words agile and fast can now describe a diesel SUV

8 Oct 2010

SHEER luxury more than gristly off-roadiness is the hallmark of the big SUV wagons these days, and nothing epitomises this transition than the BMW X5. This latest hot version of the 3.0-litre diesel, wearing twin turbochargers, is so far removed from the old, slow and smelly 4WD of old that it’s hard to believe that such thing existed. The 40d forces a change in mindset if you didn’t like diesels, you will now.

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Model release date: 1 July 2010 to 1 October 2013

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X5 30sd

Released: January 2008
Ended: July 2010
Family Tree: X5

THE first fire-breathing X5 diesel was the 30sd – based on the X530d Executive trim, the 200kW/565Nm twin-turbo model for the first time in an X5 diesel was more bellow than mellow. No that the 30d was slow, but the 30sd’s 7.2sec 0-100km/h acceleration time says it all. Diesels might be about torque, but this one was also about action.

Get the full story: BMW adds an extra turbo to its already quick X5 3.0d to create the 3.0sd mega-diesel

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