Which used BMW X5 4x4 should I buy?
If you cover a low mileage, then a 4.8i or xDrive50i petrol version of the BMW X5 may be for you, especially as they cost less to buy than the ubiquitous diesels.
However, the most plentiful model by far is the 3.0d (called the xDrive30d post-facelift) in either SE or M Sport trim. All models feature an automatic gearbox, but do be aware that leather upholstery was not initially fitted as standard to the 3.0d.
All models also have climate control, 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, parking sensors and self-levelling rear suspension. M Sports have larger 19-inch alloys, colour coded M styling, leather sports seats and sports suspension. The larger alloys may suit the looks of the car but affect the ride quality, so go for an SE is comfort is a priority.
Post-facelift models have more generous equipment levels – the xDrive30d has an eight-speed auto, leather upholstery and xenon headlights. Satellite navigation was never fitted as standard but the vast majority of X5s had it fitted as an option.