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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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57 reader reviews for BMW X5 4x4.
  • 3.0d Sport 5dr

    Nick Kendall Date: 05/04/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I bought this car with about 3.5k on the clock. It is the face-lift with the uprated diesel engine. It has the sat-nav package, comfort seats and all the toys. It offers a supurb drive and build quality is excellent.

    It corners not far off the 330 Ci Sport I had before. Handling and comfort are first class. The diesel has given me up to 32mpg on long journeys, but drops to an average of about 24mpg around town.

    Its pretty good really for such a solid car which is auto too. I was pretty lucky to get it as there is about a 12-month waiting list for new ones. I can see why. I have heard of people paying up to 6k over the top for the diesel face-lift (04). Even used models of these are at nearly new prices.

    The residuals are very good, as you might expect. Pre face-lifts are much cheaper.

    It is very quiet and easy to drive. Although I have only had it for eight months, I have not really had any concerns or failures at all. This vechle really gets noticed with its good looks and as such would advise a tracker. Some insurance companies won't touch you without one. The price of success.

    Overall, these are not cheap but in its class, there's nothing to touch it. Highly recommended.

  • 3.0d Sport 5dr

    Osman Acaroglu , kent . Date: 17/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The experience I have had with this car outstanding - nice drive.

  • 3.0d Sport 5dr

    Leslie Bowen , Worcs. . Date: 08/03/2005
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The car was bought at 18 months old and with a 22,000 mileage. All options such as CD changer, sat-nav, electric/heated seats and auto gear were included at a price of £37,000, which appears the correct cost for a March 2003 model.

    I was immediately impressed by the interior, which surpasses my old 525SE Touring. Leather seats and wood inserts give the X5 that nice superior air, which should hopefully outshine my brother's Mercedes SLK!

    Higher seating is very enjoyable and gives one that feeling of superiority, which is even better. The car is superb to drive and makes you feel very confident and safe. An added bonus is that my wife, after a test drive, feels the car is "a bit big for her to drive", so she will be sticking to her small car! Shame !

    The only concerns I have had to date relate to the sports suspension which is a lot stiffer than I had appreciated and can cause passengers to comment unfavourably. Perhaps future models can have adjustable suspension a la new Discovery 3.

  • 3.0i Sport 5dr

    Philip Alderman Date: 21/02/2005
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I acquired a used X5 3.0i Sport 18 months ago and it has been everything I could have hoped.

    The car copes with all our needs - wheelchair, dogs, family, etc - and I'm OK with the 19mpg - 25mpg we get, depending on trafiic conditions.

    It's a quiet, relaxing and easy car to drive, and as we don't particularly want to climb mountains, forge torrentential rivers or do anything other than follow trails so we can take the dogs for walks, the off-road ability is fine for us.

    Servicing has been straightforward and bills in line with expectations.

    Only two things to have failed have been a door-lock motor (swapped out while I waited) and the sensors for the rain-sensitive wipers. This latter fault required a new windscreen to be fitted but this was all done under warranty.

    Downsides? Yep, the stupid thingamajig that covers the luggage. It's difficult to remove, difficult to refit and can't easily be stored in the car. So much for impulse buys at DIY or furniture stores - you can get the purchases in with no trouble but the luggage cover ends up being shoved about amongst the passengers. Am I the only one who sees this as a problem?

    Overall, this is a very, very competent vehicle which is excellent value for money. I'd recommend anyone in the market for a 4x4 that doesn't earn its living ploughing through swamps to take a good look.

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