BMW X5

5/5
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Verdict

The BMW X5 made its debut back in 1999 and has proven to be a massively popular motor all around the world. Now in its third generation, the X5 maintains its car-like driving abilities and continues to impress.

Performance

The BMW X5 comes with various diesel and petrol engines. Petrol offerings come in a 2.0 litre engine with the X5 xDrive40e. This is a plug-in hybrid option and BMW reckons that it can return a fuel economy as good as 3.3l/100km. The 2.0 litre 4-cylinder engine combined with the battery power gives an offering of 313 bhp. The battery combined with the 4.4 litre petrol engine gives a much more powerful punchline, offering a whopping 449 bhp in the xDive50i M Sport.

Moving onto diesel you will find a selection of 2.0 litre and 3.0 litre engines that offer good on-paper economy and between 231 bhp and 313 bhp. If you opt for the M50d you will find a maximum power output of 381 bhp – this translates to 0-100 km/h in 5.3 seconds and maximum torque of 740Nm at 2,000 to 3,000rpm.

Ride & Handling

The X5 is a big machine, but it’s very impressive in how car-like the drive of the vehicle feels. The steering isn’t as responsive as you would hope, but this car grips the road very well. The good news is that the X5 is capable-enough off-road and it will get you through tougher than just icy or snowy mountainous roads.

Refinement

This is a big and bulky machine. Therefore the wing mirrors have a tendency to pick up on road noise. Like other BMW models, the diesel engines can be loud when getting up to motorway speeds, but once the vehicle is cruising the noise levels even out.

Quality & Reliability

The X5 throws up no major surprises when you get inside. Like most BMWs, the infotainment is easy to use and the bulk of the systems on board are driver focused. The ride height is excellent, and there are plenty of seating positions to choose from.

For some reason the interior of the X5 seems more exciting than the likes of the X3 and X4. Even entry level models of the X5 are nicely equipped – but this shouldn’t surprise you, this car is not at all cheap.

Safety & Security

The X5 is jam packed with safety systems and it is expected that it would get a good score in the Euro NCAP - but it has not taken in part in these tests since 2003. Side curtain airbags run along the sides of the vehicle as far as the second row. The X5 comes with a myriad of driver aids too. One such aid is Traffic Jam Assist. At speeds of 60 km/h this system maintains a distance between it and the car in front. This system also provides active steering support.

Space & Practicality

The car is big and space is ample. The boot space is plentiful, and all of the seats are extremely comfortable. An option is available for seven seats in the BMW X5, but don’t be thinking that these seats are in anyway suitable for adults or tall teenagers. They’re not, but they are perfect for those of you who have a young family. While the boot space is affected by seats 6 and 7 being in use, there is still room for some shopping.

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Key Facts

Make

BMW

Model
X5
Variant
X5 sDrive25d SE
Car Category
SUV
First Launched
2014
Engine (L)
2.0
Gearbox Type
Automatic
Gears
8 Speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
SUV
Price New
€67,360
CBG Expert Rating
5.0

Running Costs

Tax
€280
Tax Band
B2
L/100km Combined
5.3
Average km/L
18.9
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
75
Fuel Tank Range
1415 km
Cost of filling a tank
€91.43
Average Cost Per 200 km
€12.92
CO2 emmissions
149 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU6

Performance

Brake Horsepower
231 bhp
Max Power kW
172
Displacement - CC (Engine)
1995
Engine Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, longitudinal
Number of valves
4
Aspiration
Turbo
Top speed
220 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
7.7 s
L/100km Urban
6.20 L
L/100km Extra Urban
5.20 L

Space & Practicality

Body Type
SUV
Doors
4
Seats
5
Boot capacity
690 L
Air Conditioning
Yes
Automatic Parking
Available as optional extra
Bluetooth
Yes
Cruise Control
Yes
Folding Rear Seats
Yes
Front Cup Holders
Yes
Height Adjustable Seats
Available as optional extra
Parking Sensors
Available as optional extra
Power Steering
Yes
Rear Cup Holders
Available as optional extra
Reversing Camera
Available as optional extra
USB Connectivity
Yes

Warranty

All Components
2 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
2 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year bodywork warranty
Paintwork
3 Year paint warranty
Mileage
No distance limit

Safety

Euroncap Star Rating
5
Hill Hold Assist System
Yes

Dimensions

Boot capacity
690 L
Wheels
All wheel drive (4x4)
Tyre size front
255/55 R18 mm
Tyre size back
255/55 R18 mm
Rim size
8.5J x 18; 9J x 19; 10J x 19; 10J x 20; 11J x 20 mm
Length
4886 mm
Width
1938 mm
Height
1762 mm
Wheel Base
2933 mm
Front Track (mm)
1762
Rear Track (mm)
1650
Kerb weight
2040 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
2755
Turning circle (m)
12.7

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, longitudinal
Fuel Delivery
Diesel Commonrail
Front Suspension
Double wishbone
Rear Suspension
Multi-link independent
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Ventilated discs
Steering
Steering rack
Power
231 bhp
14 Variants
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SUV
€67,360
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €280
  • Boot Capacity 690 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 231 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 7.7 s
  • New Price €67,360
SUV
€74,080
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €390
  • Boot Capacity 690 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 231 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 7.7 s
  • New Price €74,080
SUV
€74,900
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Hybrid
  • Tax €120
  • Boot Capacity 690 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 313 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 6.8 s
  • New Price €74,900
SUV
€76,520
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €390
  • Boot Capacity 690 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 231 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 7.7 s
  • New Price €76,520
SUV
€81,420
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €390
  • Boot Capacity 690 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 231 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 7.7 s
  • New Price €81,420
SUV
€81,540
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Hybrid
  • Tax €120
  • Boot Capacity 690 L
  • Engine Size 2.0 L
  • Power 313 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 6.8 s
  • New Price €81,540
SUV
€82,290
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 690 L
  • Engine Size 3.0 L
  • Power 258 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 6.8 s
  • New Price €82,290
SUV
€86,740
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 690 L
  • Engine Size 3.0 L
  • Power 313 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 5.9 s
  • New Price €86,740
SUV
€89,980
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 690 L
  • Engine Size 3.0 L
  • Power 258 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 6.8 s
  • New Price €89,980
SUV
€94,430
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €570
  • Boot Capacity 690 L
  • Engine Size 3.0 L
  • Power 313 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 5.9 s
  • New Price €94,430
SUV
€110,700
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €1200
  • Boot Capacity 690 L
  • Engine Size 4.4 L
  • Power 449 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 4.9 s
  • New Price €110,700
SUV
€112,240
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €750
  • Boot Capacity 690 L
  • Engine Size 3.0 L
  • Power 381 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 5.3 s
  • New Price €112,240
SUV
€120,860
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Petrol
  • Tax €2400
  • Boot Capacity 690 L
  • Engine Size 4.4 L
  • Power 449 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 4.9 s
  • New Price €120,860
SUV
€166,790
i
  • Gearbox Automatic
  • Gears 8 Speed
  • Fuel Type Diesel
  • Tax €2400
  • Boot Capacity 690 L
  • Engine Size 4.4 L
  • Power 575 bhp
  • 0 - 100 km/h 4.2 s
  • New Price €166,790