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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.
  • 3.0sd SE 5dr

    michael finch , bucks . Date: 03/03/2008
    • Overall verdict
      2 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
      2 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have run my 3.0sd for 3 months now and I have to say that I'm disappointed with it. My car runs on 19" alloys and sports suspension and the ride borders on the appalling. I've driven a X5 on 20" alloys and the ride is even worse. I put this down to the run-flat tyres as I've owned other BMW's with sports suspension and the ride in those cars has been acceptable. I urge anyone considering buying a X5 to think very carefully about specifying large alloys and sports suspension. Then there is the economy. After 3000miles, my car is averaging only 24.5mpg with a mix of town and motorway driving which, according to other reports I've read, is not untypical. How on earth BMW managed to fiddle an official combined mpg figure of 34.4mpg is beyond me. As has already been said, the X5 is no luxury car either. The engine is a bit intrusive and road noise is not well suppressed either. The trim quality is poor too with my car, particularly the seats, exhibiting a number of rattles and squeaks already. On the plus side, the 3.0sd engine is a stonking unit and the car never feels wanting for performance and, at least, the firm ride means that the X5 corners well for it's size

  • 3.0si SE 5dr

    Neil Salter Date: 15/11/2007
    • Overall 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    As per many of the other reviews, drove several in the class before deciding on the X5 (no diesel cars available here at all... petrol only).

    Cayenne: boomy at low revs.

    ML 350: floaty ride.

    XC90: very good but a touch too expensive in comparison.

    I hated the old X5 but feel they have really nailed the design this time: the styling actually makes it look smaller than the old shape which is some achievement.

    Pluses: Interior is beautifully finished, pick up fantastic, vision excellent, the most car-like to drive, very smooth 'box, and I recommend the 19" wheels as a good balance. Fuel economy (even around this town) is 22-24 mpg.

    Minuses: No curtain airbags for extra seats...and that's about it.

    Very highly recommended, especially if you have a family.

  • 3.0sd M Sport 5dr

    Ioannis Koutsolambros Date: 20/09/2007
    • 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 done a happy 4000km in my X5 diesel, so far. With its extra air suspension and anti roll bars it rides wonderfully. The trim is beautifully finished although it is not perfect. It is refined but not cathedral quiet. It is extremely involving and fun to drive over long distances. The professional sound package is great. I even tried it on hilly dirt roads and fields, no sweat! Rock crawling is not in my priorities, so it suits me just fine. A thoroughly enjoyable machine!

  • 3.0d SE 5dr

    harry taylor , midlothian . Date: 03/09/2007
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I picked up my car on the 1st September. I was very impressed by the dealer. They had the car ready to roll and it was looking great. The paper work was done in advance so all I had to do was enjoy collecting it. I moved from a 530 diesel to the X5 diesel. I thought I might feel a drop in performance but this car pulls like a train. It is beautifully finished inside. It is comfortable and relaxing to drive. Handles wonderfully and everything works. I am used to the i-drive and don't have any problems with it.It is too early to tell about fuel consumtion as I have only done a few hundred miles but so far it looks promising. Overall a great purchase. I am looking forward the next 40000 miles.

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