For The BMW X5 is surprisingly agile for a big SUV, and most of 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 the class.
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The BMW X5 is good to drive and has impressive fuel economy and CO2 emissions. Refinement leaves a bit to be desired, though.
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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 one of the best large SUVs. We can’t see any reason to look beyond the four-cylinder 25d; it’s swift and refined enough, yet manages impressive fuel economy and comparatively low CO2 emissions. It's available with two-wheel drive (sDrive) or four-wheel drive (xDrive); we'd stick with two-wheel drive because it keeps the price down.
Of the other engines, the strong six-cylinder 30d is the one to go for if you want more performance. The more powerful 40d and M50d diesels are quicker and not much less economical, but they cost a lot more to buy.
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 and enjoy cushier suspension by taking the SE.