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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

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

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24 reader reviews for BMW X5 4x4.
  • 4.8i SE 5dr

    Jeremy Payne , Wiltshire . Date: 18/08/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have written several articals about by new X5 4.8SE, it has been at the Dealer for THREE months with an engine fault which nobody can diagnose, even BMW in Germany. I have had the use of a BMW UK X5 for some of the time but sadly my lawyer is now involved as BMW customer service is so poor, the vehicle is not fit for purpose. BMW said it was a parts supply issue, but cant trace the fault and the engine does not run. It is gathering dust in the dealership.

    Prior to this it was off the road for one month with a major suspension fault.

    So in thirteen months of ownership I have only been able to drive it for nine months.

    If you are thinking about buying an X5 think very carefully, as you could end up with it spending most of its life at the Dealer, just like some of the other contributors of this great magazine.

  • 3.0d SE 5dr

    robert brailsford , leicestershire . Date: 02/07/2007
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This is a good car generally, although it has heavy steering, the electronics are sometimes hit-and-miss, and there's lots of cabin noise. I feel that the good parts are the aesthetics and street cred!

    As a luxury car it falls quite a bit short and if I weren't bothered about what other people thought I would possibly choose another car!

    Beware of snow and ice because this car will not stop! Overall, though, I'm vain and I like the looks I get whilst driving this car (how sad).

  • 3.0d SE 5dr

    Alister Kent , Scotland . Date: 02/06/2007
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Technically, this car is supern. It doesn't have the quality of the Audi Q7 but it's a better all-round performer, although re-sale value probably favours the Q7.

    The paintwork is atrocious, though. You need to be blind or crazy to pay £50,000 for a paint job that Lada would be embarrassed to sport. Do BMW have no shame? I be keeping my (superb) 2004 model X5 for a little bit longer.

  • 3.0d SE 5dr

    adrian calin Date: 27/05/2007
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have tested all SUVs in this class, including the Audi Q7, Mercedez and Land Rover. Performance wise, the BMW really stands out. You get 7 seats, a lot of acceleration, reasonable consumption and excellent drive. The Q7 is too thirsty, alhtough finish quality is probably better, and Audit went a bit over the top with the dimensions. The Merc doesn't give you 7 seats, and the engine is not as good perforkmance wise, the Land Rover is, on road, slow and not as good to drive. BMW's 3L diesel is great, quick, and reasonable economical. Driving is excellent even at German motorway speed (tested around 110mph). Buid quality is good - although it coujld be slightly improved - in my view. While I would not mind a bit more options as standard, I do believe the new X5 is the best option in the class, if money is not the main criterion.

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