BMW X5 xDrive M50i 5dr Auto Review

Category: Luxury SUV

Section: Version review

Fuel type:
petrol
Gearbox:
semi-auto
Doors:
5 doors
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RRP £78,635What Car? Target Price£73,728
Review

All X5s are smooth, classy and luxurious SUVs. It's not quite as practical as the most spacious rivals out there but it's good enough where it counts, and where it really impresses is the quality of its lavish interior and superb infotainment system. Opt for the xDrive45e, and you are buying one of the most impressive plug-in hybrids around, combining many of the best points of the standard X5 with a substantial real-world electric range and low, low company car tax.

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The top-of-the-range M50i is based on M Sport but with adaptive dampers and steel springs in place of the air suspension. There’s also a bespoke limited-slip differential to increase traction in corners, a sports exhaust system, an upgraded sound system and even larger wheels.

The range-topping 523bhp M50i petrol will have you pegged to the seat with its eye-widening acceleration – 0-62mph comes in just 4.3sec. It also sounds great but won't be cheap to run.


Key information

Doors5
Seats5
0-62 MPH4.3 seconds
Fuel TypePetrol
GearboxSEMI-AUTO
MPGOfficial overall fuel economy figure

24.6

Boot CapacityHow much space is there?

650

litres

EmissionsOfficial emissions rating

263

g/km

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