What used BMW X5 4x4 will I get for my budget?
You’ll need at least £18,000 before you can start considering a third-generation X5. That sum will buy you a four-cylinder 25d or six-cylinder 30d with 100,000 miles on the clock.
Adding another £5000 to your budget will give you access to a 70,000-mile example of the above engines in SE trim. M Sport models are more plentiful but also more expensive to the tune of about £1500 for an example with similar mileage.
Those after a 50i petrol X5 will find that it’s slim pickings, with any examples hovering at the £50,000 mark, making it only £5000 cheaper than the more desirable X5 M. Plug-in hybrid xDrive40e models meanwhile can be picked up from £38,000 with fewer than 50,000 miles on the clock, meaning they cost about the same as an M50d. If you can afford to stretch to a one-year-old example there’s a good selection of sub 10,000-mile X5s in the £40,000-£45,000 price bracket.
How much does it cost to run a BMW X5 4x4?
Strong resale values might make the X5 pricey to buy but you can also rest assured it’ll be worth a decent amount when time comes to sell. The plug-in hybrid with its official fuel economy figure of 85.6mpg might sound like it’ll cost pennies to run, but that depends on you only ever completing short journeys and charging it between each one. On longer journeys with the petrol engine engaged we averaged only 27mpg.
The cheapest X5 to run for most will be the sDrive25d, which returned more than 50mpg in official tests. In the real world owners tend to achieve 35-37mpg, which is a couple more than you’ll get from the same engine with xDrive four-wheel drive. Six-cylinder diesels will give you 30-32mpg, while in the triple turbo x50d you’ll struggle to break 30mpg. Only those with the deepest of pockets should consider a V8 petrol 50i or X5 M.
As far as tax goes the sDrive25d costs £135 per year and the xDrive25d is £150, while the plug-in hybrid’s 88g/km means you won’t pay a penny, provided they were registered before the tax changes of April 2017 came into force. Even six-cylinder diesels are reasonably affordable at £190 per year. Cars registered after April 2017 will all pay a standard flat rate, but will pay an additional luxury car tax if they cost more than £40,000 new.
The other point worth bearing in mind is that BMW offered the X5 from new with a five-year servicing package, so if the car you’re looking at still has some of this left to run you’re quids in. Otherwise you need to bear in mind the X5 is a big, heavy car and so items such as brakes and tyres will cost a pretty penny when they need to be replaced. Front brake pads alone are £350, for example, while if you need discs as well you’re looking at £560.