For This model performs quite astonishingly for such a big car - 0-60mph in less than five seconds, for a start. It also handles reasonably well.
Against It's almost twice as expensive as our favourite X5 and will cost a small fortune to run. Worst of all, the ride is too uncomfortable too much of the time.
Performance aside, there's little to recommend this model. There are better X5s - and better M cars.
If you want a big 4x4 that drives more like a sports saloon, the BMW X5 is the one. Which is best? We can’t see any reason to look beyond the 30d. It’s impressively swift, yet still manages impressive fuel economy and has lower emissions than the rest of the range.
The more powerful 40d and M50d diesels are quicker and not much less economical, but they cost a lot more to buy. The 402bhp 50i is utterly crazy – brilliant, but you'll need a Premiership footballer's income to buy and run it.
There’s a choice between two trim levels. To most eyes, the aggressively styled M Sport model looks better than the entry-level SE. However, the sports suspension hurts ride comfort. We’d save a few pounds, enjoy cushier suspension, and take the SE.
It’s worth buying the BMW Service Inclusive package, which covers servicing costs for five years/60,000 miles for a one-off payment and helps keep resale values healthy.
I find the Whatcar review rather biased. Statements like "It'll be like money in the bank" regarding cost and "Plenty provided; lots more available"…
Had my new X5 for a week and its awesome. Always been a BMW fan and before this I had 525i and 520d but needed something bigger with growing family…
Have been driving my new xdrive30d se for 6 weeks and to date am more than happy with this updated model. The mpg is 36.2 arround town (as per…
This is an excellent car only let down by some cheap plastics inside, in particular the blanking plate in the rear air con unit. The X5 handles like a…
The xDrive30d is our favourite X5. We'd rather save a few pounds and take this SE, but if you prefer the aggressive looks of the M Sport, we wouldn't blame you.