For The BMW X5 is surprisingly agile for a big SUV, and most its engines offer strong performance and good fuel economy. Rear space is better than in many rivals, too.
Against It isn’t as refined as some rivals, and although the cabin is smart, quality isn’t the best in its class.
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The BMW X5 is good to drive on the road and pretty decent off it, too. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are impressive by the standards of the class, although refinement leaves a little to be desired.
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There are 11 BMW X5 versions available
Target Price team says:
Along with cars such as the Range Rover Sport, Mercedes ML and Porsche Cayenne, the BMW X5 is the one of the best large SUVs. We can’t see any reason to look beyond the 30d; it’s impressively swift, yet still manages impressive fuel economy and comparatively lower emissions. Only refinement lets the side down, because the engine is a bit noisy and coarse.
The more powerful 40d and M50d diesels are quicker and not much less economical, but they cost a lot more to buy. We haven’t yet tried the rear-wheel-drive 25d model, but with CO2 from just 149g/km, this version is seriously tempting for company car drivers.
To most eyes, the aggressively styled M Sport trim makes the X5 look better than the entry-level SE and it sells better. However, M Sport brings sports suspension that hurts ride comfort. We’d save some money, enjoy cushier suspension, and take the SE.