BMW X5 review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Costs & verdict

BMW X5 2022 interior rear seats
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  • BMW X5 2022 rear cornering
  • BMW X5 2022 interior dashboard
  • BMW X5 2022 interior rear seats
  • BMW X5 2022 interior infotainment
  • BMW X5 2022 right tracking
  • BMW X5 2022 rear left tracking
  • BMW X5 2022 right tracking
  • BMW X5 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • BMW X5 2022 interior front seats
  • BMW X5 2022 interior detail
  • BMW X5 2022 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

The BMW X5 is fractionally more expensive to buy than the Audi Q7, Land Rover Discovery and Volvo XC90, and specifying your X5 as a seven-seater pushes the price higher. That said, the xDrive45e looks better value compared with rival plug-in hybrid SUVs, including the XC90 Recharge, while having a longer electric range.

The diesel xDrive30d returns an official combined fuel economy of just over 40mpg, while the petrol xDrive40i officially records just over 30mpg. Those figures are very similar to the equivalent Discovery and XC90. The xDrive45e has a gobsmacking 235mpg figure, but that's only achievable if you keep the battery charged for a lot of electric running. We recorded a test average of just 25mpg when the battery was empty.

The M50i doesn’t offer any trim choice: its spec list is based on M Sport, but with adaptive dampers and steel springs in place of the air suspension. There’s also a bespoke limited-slip differential to increase traction in corners, a sports exhaust system, an upgraded sound system and even larger wheels.

BMW X5 2022 interior infotainment

Reliability

BMW finished in 13th position out of 30 manufacturers in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. That's a better result than all its premium rivals except Lexus.

Overview

All BMW X5s are smooth, classy and luxurious SUVs. It's not quite as practical as the most spacious rivals out there but it's good enough where it counts, and where it really impresses is the quality of its lavish interior and superb infotainment system. Opt for the xDrive45e, and you are buying one of the most impressive plug-in hybrids around, combining many of the best points of the standard X5 with a substantial real-world electric range and low company car tax.

  • Fantastic plug-in hybrid version
  • Great to drive
  • Classy, well-designed interior
  • Wide standard tyres generate road noise at speed
  • Third row of seats costs extra
  • There are more spacious and practical rivals
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