What's the used BMW X5 4x4 like?
By the time the third generation of BMW X5 arrived in 2013, the German company’s largest SUV was well established as one of the best in class. That’s no mean feat when you consider its rivals include the Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7 and Range Rover Sport.
Being one of BMW’s largest and most expensive models it also carries certain expectations of luxury and performance, more so certainly than the ability to do serious off-roading. It’s no surprise therefore that if you want an SUV to tackle the rough stuff there are better options than the BMW. Indeed, there’s one version of the X5 that doesn’t even come with four-wheel drive (badged as sDrive rather than xDrive).
For an SUV that excels in daily use, however, the X5 is a formidable machine. Part of this is because the X5 is one of the more saloon-like SUVs to drive. It turns in to corners well, doesn’t lean excessively and has plenty of grip. Ride comfort is also good, particularly if you find a model with the upgraded adaptive comfort set-up.
The engine range starts with a 215bhp 2.0-litre diesel in the 25d, which might sound like a stretch in such a large car but aside from being a little noisy it actually performs very well, helped by using the same eight-speed automatic gearbox as more expensive X5s. Next up are the more powerful 30d (254bhp) and 40d (309bhp) with 3.0-litre, six-cylinder engines, while for those still craving more power there’s a 376bhp M50d diesel with three turbochargers and an M50i V8 petrol with 443bhp.
In 2014 BMW introduced a 567bhp X5 M that can get from 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds. At the other end of the scale is the xDrive40e plug-in hybrid X5, launched in 2015 and combining a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor to give a pure electric range of about 15 miles.
Another standout feature of the X5 is the size of its interior. Two tall adults can travel in the rear without any cause for complaint, and although shoulder room is a little tight for three people to fit across the rear bench the flat floor does at least mean you won’t be squabbling for foot space.
The boot is also massive, with a flat loading lip and no wheel arch intrusions. On all models bar the X5 M and plug-in hybrid buyers could also specify a third row of seats, with the extra two chairs folding out of the boot floor. Although only really suitable for children they add another string to the X5’s bow.