What should I look for in a used BMW X5 4x4?
The X5 is an extremely versatile car and can cover big distances with ease, making it ideal for families who do lots of travelling. As such it’s important to go over the interior carefully to look for wear and damage. Being such a wide car it’s also susceptible to scuffs and scratches on the body panels and wheels, so check these. Include the roof in your inspection, just in case it has been used to carry bicycles or a roof box.
As a flagship BMW the X5 has plenty of gadgets, so spend time making sure they all work properly, whether it’s the power folding boot, the DAB radio or the sat-nav.
There’s only been one recall on the X5, which concerned the possibility of the child safety locks not engaging fully on cars fitted with the optional soft-close rear doors. Only models built until April 2014 need the remedial work. A BMW dealer will be able to tell you if the work has been carried out (for free).
What are the most common problems with a used BMW X5 4x4?
With the third-generation X5 still relatively new there’s little to report in terms of issues. The engines and gearbox are largely carried over from the previous X5, where they proved impressively robust, and any electrical gremlins that might appear can often be resolved with a software update carried out by a BMW dealer.
Do inspect the condition of the tyres, though, and if well worn consider asking for a new set to be fitted as part of the deal (or the asking price discounted accordingly).
Is a used BMW X5 4x4 reliable?
The BMW X5 finished mid-table in the What Car? 2018 Reliability Survey, behind the Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg, but in front of the Volvo XC90 and Range Rover Sport. BMW as a brand fared similarly, with a performance that put it 23rd out of the 32 manufacturers included.