A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d

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The 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d offer contour seats and smooth acceleration. The suspension offers a smooth ride to the driver and passengers in the vehicle, even for long road trips. It can handle tight curves without any problem while still getting decent fuel economy. In addition, the vehicle has ample room for a growing family while storing large amounts of luggage.

Key Features

The BMW X5 xDrive35d has a 3.0 liter six cylinder diesel engine that offers 265 hp. It can tow up to 6,000 pounds and has a curb weight of 5,192 pounds. The fuel economy is estimated at 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, iDrive system, on-board computer, leather steering wheel, ten way adjustable driver and passenger seat, and Hill Decent Control.

Changes for 2012

There were a number of changes to the 2011 BMW X5 models, so not much has changed for the 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d.

What We Like

The BMW xDrive35d has a park distance control which will alert you if you are too close to the vehicle in front or behind you. This is very handy for parking in tight spots in the city. The apps that BMW has created for this vehicle are easy to use, even if you don’t have any technical knowledge. Another nice feature is the keyless access as there will be no more fishing around in your pockets trying to find which one you placed the key in.

What Concerns Us

The BMW xDrive35d is pricier than other SUV in its class. Furthermore, some may not like pushing a button to put the car in park rather than using a shifter. Leather seats also do not come standard in this vehicle which is kind of a disappointment. The third row seating can be a little tight, so if you need more room in the back for passengers the Acura MDX may be a better choice.

Available Models

There are no other models in this class.

Major Recalls

The 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d was recalled due to the idler pulley bolt could break. This can cause a loss of steering and increase the risk of a crash.

Common Issues

Common consumer complaints for this vehicle include the third row being small, steering at slow speeds difficult, audio system not great, bad electrical system, cabin noise, and brake dust.

BMW X5 xDrive35d Interior


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