People who understand what torque is, and what torque does, understand exactly what the 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d can do. Consumers tend to focus on horsepower, and in the luxury vehicle classes, the bigger that number is, the better. The xDrive35d’s 265 horsepower isn’t helping it win any popularity contests.
Ah, but the xDrive35d’s turbo-diesel engine excels in the torque department, whipping up 425 lb.-ft. of the stuff between 1,750 rpm and 2,250 rpm. That’s more than the 300-horsepower xDrive35i, and almost as much as the 400-horsepower xDrive50i. And torque is what you feel pressing your back into the seat when you step on the go pedal, not horsepower.
Torque isn’t the end of the xDrive35d’s story. This 7-passenger SUV, or SAV in BMW parlance (for Sport Activity Vehicle), is rated to get 19 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg in combined driving. Other X5s? The best the xDrive35i can muster is 19 mpg in combined driving. The xDrive50i does worse than that. Don’t ask about the X5 M.