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BMW X5 (2014–2018)

Last updated 21 May 2019

Impressive interior quality and exceptionally comfortable. Handles very well for such a big vehicle. Available as a two-wheel drive 25d model with strong fuel economy.
Sheer size means it's not always easy to park. Aggressive looks not universally popular.
Updated 15 January 2019

BMW X5, in for EGR cooler recall, needed a new EGR and none available due to supply shortage. Dealer told owner it woud be at least 5 weeks. (Happily this was resolved and a new EGR cooler arrived on...

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Introduction

With its huge road presence and aggressive styling, the latest BMW X5 is no shrinking violet. In fact this third generation model makes even its predecessor seem like a bit of a wallflower. That big grille along with those angular headlights give it a purposeful look and there's no hiding the fact this is a big car at almost five metres long.

Compared to the previous X5, this model is designed to be more comfortable, upmarket and efficient. The latter is a key reason why for the first time there's a two-wheel drive only version of the X5 in the shape of the sDrive25d. This uses a four-cylinder 2.0-litre diesel engine with twin turbochargers to produce 218PS yet economy is an impressive 50.4mpg and CO2 of 149g/km.

Of course the xDrive30d engine continues and is expected to be the most popular model. The six-cylinder engine is one of the best large diesels on the market and with 560Nm of torque offers incredibly strong low down grunt, yet is still refined and civilised. The same engine is used, albeit with power tweaks, in the xDrive40d and even the incredible M50d which boasts 381PS and a 0-62mph time of just 5.3 seconds.

The interior quality of the X5 has improved over its already impressive predecessor, with a wonderfully luxurious feel and amazingly comfortable seats. For long distance driving, the X5 is the perfect choice and despite its bulky size there's little wind or road noise. In fact it's incredibly serene. There's plenty of passenger room and a big boot too.

While this X5 may not look especially different from its predecessor, it has massively moved the game on in terms of quality and refinement. It's the closest rival to the impressive Range Rover Sport and while not cheap, it does have the premium feel and luxury edge to justify the price tag.

BMW X5 Road Test

Owners' reviews

5
Just brilliant
5
Excellent drive with power, comfort many safety features
List Price from £57,640
Buy new from £53,075
Contract hire from £581.23 per month
 

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