BMW X5 (07 - 13)

Used BMW X5 2007 - 2013 review

Alternatives
(2007 - 2013)
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What alternatives should I consider to a used BMW X5 4x4?

Audi was a little late to the full-size premium SUV party but when it arrived with the Q7 it produced a very real alternative to the X5. It offers excellent interior accommodation and a larger boot than the X5 but is not quite as enjoyable to drive.

While BMW may have refined the ‘on-road’ SUV theme Land Rover’s Range Rover got there first. The Range Rover Sport offers plenty of style and is a more comfortable proposition than the X5, and it’s better off-road too, but is more expensive to run.

If one of the reasons for looking at an X5 is for its driver appeal then a Porsche Cayenne should also be on your radar. It doesn’t offer as many diesel options as the X5, but it’s a great SUV to drive.

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Verdict

Prices for the second generation BMW X5s are starting to look very tempting, but does it make a sensible used buy?

  • Strong engines
  • Driver involvement
  • Roomy interior
  • Poor ride
  • Suspect build quality
  • Expensive to run