BMW X5 (2014 – 2018) Review
BMW X5 (2014 – 2018) At A Glance
The BMW X5 is the family SUV that appears to have it all. A practical and cavernous interior. The option of seven seats. Ride and handling that would shame a low-slung hatchback. Plus a cabin that’s rich in quality and loaded with technology. Launched in 2014, the X5 takes on cars like the Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLE and Land Rover Discovery, but the way it drives gives the BMW the edge in the crowded luxury SUV segment. The diesel engines provide decent fuel economy, not to mention a huge dollop of punch. It’s not cheap, but the X5 is a hugely appealing SUV.
This is one of the most desirable premium SUVs on the planet. For 20 years, the BMW X5 has been the go-to car for buyers who aren’t prepared to sacrifice ride and handling when buying a tall and slab-sided vehicle. There were SUVs before the original X5, but none drove as well as the BMW.
Launched in 2014, this era of X5 took BMW’s large SUV to new heights: better to drive than ever before, more refined, yet still hugely practical. Most new car buyers opted for the supremely spacious five-seat version, but there’s a seven-seat X5 if you need extra people-carrying capacity. As a seven-seater, the X5 boasts a small boot and two third-row chairs that are suitable for children.
It makes a stronger case for itself as a five-seater. The boot is massive, even more so if you fold the rear seats. Meanwhile, there’s enough room for five adults, with those travelling in the back enjoying the luxury of reclining rear backrests. The cabin is finished to the highest quality and loaded with neat details.
As is common for BMW, new car buyers were encouraged to select from an array of expensive options. The good news is that they’re unlikely to add to the cost of a used X5, so you can grab a bargain.
Indeed, used prices start from around £16,000. Admittedly, this is based on a 2014 car with intergalactic miles on the clock, possibly with a history at the hands of a traffic cop. Upping the budget to £20,000 will deliver an upshift in quality and provide a greater choice of cars. The BMW X5 sold in big numbers, so you can afford to be picky.
There were some significant changes for this X5, most notably the launch of a rear-wheel-drive version powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine. The sDrive 25d is the X5 to choose if you’re after a lower price and reduced running costs. However, it lacks the depth and breadth of talents offered by the xDrive four-wheel-drive models, so it’s hard to recommend.
It’s also hard to mount a serious case for buying a BMW X5 with a petrol engine. The X5 M and M50i are great fun, but the cost of insurance and fuel will be less enjoyable. If you’re after the pace and performance, but without the thirst, opt for the rare M50d.
Elsewhere, the xDrive 40d six-cylinder diesel is arguably the most relevant BMW X5, offering a terrific blend of performance, economy and efficiency. No matter what the weather, this is a car that feels surefooted and secure, inspiring confidence on all roads.
And we do mean all roads. On a B-road, the X5 feels light and agile, but it’s equally happy to sit on a motorway for hours on end. No wonder it’s so popular with the nation’s traffic cops. It’s almost as good to drive as the BMW 5 Series.