New BMW X5

New BMW X5


New BMW X5

With a design more similar to a car than a typical SUV, the X5 is dynamic to drive, with a comfortable interior and a choice of strong engines, with the diesel in particular being excellent.


A reduction in the X5’s exterior dimensions, including smaller wheelarches, have been swapped out for larger panelling, giving the X5 a look more similar to the new 3 Series. The aesthetic changes to the X5 have actually resulted in an increased amount of interior space, with a cabin that houses big, comfortable seats and a smart trim consisting of leather, metal and plastic. The dashboard itself is the same as the standard spec throughout the BMW range, with the iDrive infotainment system integrated in the centre and robust controls included. As well as having a spacious interior, the X5 can also take plenty of luggage, with an expandable 650 litres of space.


The X5 is a capable performer in any configuration, with even the base 25d version possessing plenty of pulling power as soon as you push the pedal. The more powerful engines act accordingly, none of them slacking, but the top of the range X5 M is, as you would expect, primed to offer incredible performance. Its supercar-rivalling 0-62mph sprint of 4.2 seconds is spectacular, and benefits from increased stability thanks to a stiffer suspension. The X5 in general has no problems when it comes to manoeuvrability, with a sharp, confident stance on the road and lots of grip. More recent BMW’s have come ready-equipped with plenty of gear to keep buyers satisfied, and the X5 is no different, with DAB radio, both front & rear sensors, xenon headlights, automatic lights and more. The Driver Experience Control is an intuitive system that allows the driver to toggle various aspects of the car’s responses with one of three modes (Comfort, Sport and Eco). The M Sport trim adds a sportier bodykit, electric sports seats and the supple adaptive sports suspension.

Safety & Economy

Safety-wise, the X5 is well-covered, with front and rear airbags, braking assistance and traction-control systems, whilst the active cruise-control is handy for motorway cruising. The X5 is a solid all-rounder, and particularly excels in terms of fuel economy and emissions. The best balance of frugality and performance comes from the sDrive25d, which offers a brilliant 50 mpg and just 149g/km of emissions – although unless you go for the X5 M, these figures are fairly static throughout the whole range.


Perfect for Families and Fleets Strong economical figures, plus great drivability and a practical build make the X5 a great choice for both families and business owners alike.

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