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3.0D SE 7 Seat
Another approved car from Specialist Cars. Beautiful X5 7 Seater in MONACOBLAU METALLIC (A35) with NEVADA/D3 LEATHER. Options include: Light-alloy Wheels Y-spoke 211, Self-leveling Suspension, Windscreen With Grey Shade Band, Aluminium Running Board Sill, Alarm, Climate Comfort Windscreen, Roof Rail, Fine-wood Trim Burr Walnut, Additional Heating/ventilation, Autom. High-beam Headlights Control, Park Distance Control (pdc), parking Sensors, Rain Sensor, Xenon Light, Automatic Air Conditioning, Cruise Control With Braking Function, Prep. For. Mob. Ph. Bluet. Interf., Individual Sun Protection Glazing, Road Tas 1200. Supplied fully serviced with NCT, Warranty and SIMI History Report. Specialist Cars is owned and run by Jason Kelly. We specialize in Sports, Performance and Luxury Cars and also carry a selection of great value small and mid size vehicles. Trade in Considered, Finance arranged. Viewing is Available 7 Days by Prior Arrangement, Call Jason on 0862500500 Anytime or visit www. specialistcars. ie, Air Conditioning, Central Locking, CD Player, Electric Windows, ABS Brakes, Airbag, Alloy Wheels, Cruise Control, Electric Mirrors, Electric Seats, Fog Lamps, Immobiliser, Power Steering, Rear Spoiler, Rain Sensors, Light Sensors, Centre Armrest, Multi-function steering wheel, Roof Rails, Climate Control, Traction Control, Metallic Paint, Multiple Air Bags, Anti-Theft System, Parking Sensors, Isofix, Hill holder
All are quick
Well laid out
Muscular, roomy, prestigous
Not like it should
Awkward rear row
Poor cabin plastics
Not as much fun to drive, cramped 3rd row
It was inevitable that the X5 would grow in size to accommodate 7 seats but it simply looks huge these days. The sheetmetal is interestingly muscular but without enormous wheels (which ruin the ride quality) it's not the head-turner it once was.
The 3.0 petrol is disappointingly sluggish and thirsty in real-world situations so either 3.0 diesel makes for a considerably better all rounder. The 4.8 V8 is seriously quick but the transmission is clunky and works better with the diesel anyway. A faster V8 model is in the works.
Those expecting a big 5-Series can forget it. The X5 has grown to such an extent it no longer feels especially agile. It turns in and grips decently but feedback isn't abundant and bigger wheels and tyres destroy the already firm ride quality. Range Rover Sport out-handles it.
The new X5's cabin mixes some of the old X5's logic with the modern surfacing to produce on of BMW's best cabins in recent times. The new gear stub is simple to use if slow to respond at times, while the perfect driving position is easily attainable. iDrive lives on, sadly.
The X5 feels mechanically robust but some of the cabin is disappointingly poorly made. The centre console feels cheap while we've had bits of seat rail trim come loose. Refinement depends large on your wheels size. The bigger the wheel, the worse it rides.
The X5 has six airbags, ISOFIX child seat mounts, seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters, ESP and emergency brake lights as standard. Automatic lights and wipers and parking sensors are standard also. Except 5 NCAP stars, like the old model.
There's no space issues up front, with huge, comfy seats, tons of storage areas and decent visibility, while 2nd row passengers are also well taken care of. The rearmost row is a pain to erect, difficult to access and is very cramped. BMW has a lot to learn about 7-seaters.
Value is a relative term and in this segment the X5 represents decent, if unexceptional value. You get the badge and the engineering but you pay through the nose for the toys. Running costs are very high - not for the faint-hearted.
As you'd expect all have six airbags, electric windows and mirrors, remote locks, air conditioning and alloy wheels but electric leather seats, climate control, sat nav and sportier wheels are eye-wateringly expensive options. Be warned.
Four engines power the BMW X5 range, the best of which is the muscular new 286hp/580Nm, 3.0, 6-cylinder 3.0sd. The 235hp/520Nm 3.0d is a cracker, too, but the 6-cylinder, 272hp/315Mn 3.0 petrol and 355hp/475Nm 4.8 V8 can't compare to torquey diesels.