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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.
  • 3.0d SE 5dr

    Stewart Meikle , Inverness-shire . Date: 16/08/2008
    • 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
    • Average MPG
      28

    My car

    Replaced a Discovery 3 with the X5 and so far have had 6 months of trouble free motoring - constantly average at least 28mpg and can hit 32 on a long run. Best car I've ever owned - mine was bought second hand having previously been a BMW UK car - it was loaded with extras and I saved a fortune. Doesnt have sports suspension but does have adaptive drive and this coupled with the comfort seats, smaller alloys and all season tyres makes it really comfortable. Its great on the narrow twisty roads in the Highlands. Agree it doesnt look quite as good as those with the big 20" alloys - can't have it all.

    Was unfortunately hit up the rear last week by a Fiesta - I'll need a new lower bumper panel - Fiesta is probably heading for the scrap yard! BMW accident assist have been brilliant as well.

  • 3.0sd M Sport 5dr

    JOHN MAHER , DUBLIN . Date: 25/06/2008
    • 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
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      24

    My car

    This is my third X5.Big improvement in overall design and ride comfort.The new SD diesel engine delivers a huge improvement in power.

    I went for the Sports pack and 20" rims without the sports suspension.I think this is the best compromise with the run flat tyres.

    Comfort seats are the better option over the uncomfortable sports seats.Fuel economy is far below the 35mpg that BMW claim.I hope it will improve as the kilometres increase.

    It is hard to believe that BMW have not provided curtain airbags for the third row of seats as this is where we all put our most precious cargo(our children!).BMW will continue to lose out to the Volvo XC90 as a result.Pennywise and Pound foolish comes to mind.

    Overall a superb machine and really very little else in the market to touch this X5.

  • 3.0d SE 5dr

    Tahar Ali , Fife . Date: 14/06/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    As a loyal buyer of X5's since launch, I purchased this latest edition in November 2007.

    I have had it for 6 months and 3 months of that it has been with the dealer. Car has a major design flaw, the driver’s windscreen wiper arm rubs off the tubing for the windscreen washer pipe and the electrics attached to it.

    This causes internal water leakage into all the cars electrics which caused my entire engine looping system to fail and corrode resulting in the fact my car would not start.

    Dealer could not rectify and sent for specialist engineer from Germany to resolve after I wrote a letter to the MD of BMW UK and finally got back last week and so far so good.

    Other than that, car gives no where near 34mpg like BMW claim, I’m lucky if I average 24mpg even on motorway driving. Expensive running costs especially with rising fuel prices and I would have been cheaper buying an M3.

    Will be trading in for the SD version in a few weeks so will see how that is in comparison.

  • 3.0sd M Sport 5dr

    M Keddie Date: 23/05/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    This replaced my Land Rover Discovery 3, which was possibly the greatest off-roader I have ever owned, spending 100 days in the garage in less than three years... hence the move to BMW.

    The SD engine is amazing and the X5 handles like a regular saloon car - there's no Land Rover body roll here.

    Inside, the cabin is acceptable, although there is some road noise from the run-flat tyres subject to what type of road surface you happen to be on at the time, but nothing too bad.

    The ride is firm, but not uncomfortable as some have suggested here. I miss the huge boot of the Land Rover, but the X5 should do most folks that are looking to cart around travel cots, baby stuff etc on holiday.

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