2018 BMW X5 - reader test team review

Can this new luxury SUV convince buyers to look past Audi and Mercedes-Benz?...

2018 BMW X5 reader test team
2018 BMW X5 reader test team

When BMW unveiled the original X5 in early 1999, it certainly wasn’t warmly received by all. Yet it soon became a huge sales hit, and BMW’s ‘X’ range has since ballooned to include seven models, with an eighth on the way.

But, of course, other manufacturers have transformed similarly. So now, in its fourth generation, the X5 must make another step change if it’s to surpass the excellent Audi Q7 and new Mercedes-Benz GLE, among others, as a top-ranking luxury SUV.

The new X5 has bolder, sharper looks, while it’s larger to give more interior space for up to seven occupants and features a comprehensive array of the latest technology.

Three engines will be available when sales begin: a 335bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol and two 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesels with 261bhp and 395bhp. All come with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive.

We gave the car four stars upon our road test; will our readers rate it as highly? We invited them to BMW’s UK headquarters to find out.