How to spec a BMW X5

Our guide to BMW's luxury SUV covers which options to choose, which to avoid, and how much to pay for it all...

BMW X5 options to choose and avoid

How to spec a BMW X5

The BMW X5 is an excellent luxury SUV, and in plug-in hybrid form has one of the longest electric-only ranges of any such car, at 54 miles. Add in the facts that it's supremely comfortable, classy inside and out and comes with one of the best infotainment systems around, and it's an easy car to recommend. In fact, we recently named the X5 xDrive45e as our favourite plug-in hybrid luxury SUV.

Our full 16-point review can tell you more about what the X5 is like to drive and live with, but here we're focusing on which options you should choose. Team the xDrive45e engine with xLine trim to have most of your bases covered, and from there, follow our guide to add more luxury without breaking the bank.

BMW X5 options to choose

BMW X5 LED lights

1. Visibility Pack (£650)

The Visibility Pack bundles together adaptive LED headlights (these help you see further around bends) with high-beam assistance. This latter feature automatically dips your main beam when it detects an oncoming car to avoid blinding them, before putting the main beam back on once you're past. If you plan on driving a lot at night, it's definitely worth adding.

BMW X5 options to choose

BMW X5 head-up display

2. Technology Pack (£5285)

BMW’s Technology Pack might be pricey at £5285, but it brings lots of extra kit, including a head-up display, an upgraded stereo from Bowers & Wilkins, and a self-parking system. You also get a system that captures footage from the X5’s on-board cameras in the event of an accident. Should the worst happen, this could prove useful.

BMW X5 options to choose

BMW X5 Comfort Pack

3. Comfort Pack (£2495)

The Comfort Pack makes life with the X5 extra-easy. It includes keyless opening, a hands-free tailgate, more comfortable seats in the front and seat heating for both the front and rear. It even gives you cupholders that can heat or cool your drink. You can pay more to add four-zone climate control and massaging seats, but we wouldn't bother.

BMW X5 options to choose

BMW X5 roller blinds

4. Roller sunblind, rear side windows (£265)

Having a roller blind to help block out the sun on bright summer days could help to keep your rear passengers cool, reducing the risk of long family trips  becoming fraught. They can be raised from inside the door and clipped to the top of the window frame with ease, and don’t cost a lot to add.

BMW X5 options to choose

BMW X5 towbar

5. Towbar (£995)

Even in plug-in hybrid form, the X5 can tow up to 2700kg, so even large caravans or trailers can be hauled with ease. If you do plan on towing, then you can opt for an electrically operated towbar for just £995; it swings out from beneath the car when you need it. The regular X5 can tow even more, with a 3500kg limit.

BMW X5 options to avoid

BMW X5 run-flat tyres

1. Run-flat tyres (free)

Run-flat tyres are available as a no-cost option on most X5 models, the idea being that you can still drive on them even if you have a puncture. However, because their sidewalls are so thick, they make the X5's ride feel very firm. We'd stick with standard rubber unless you're planning any hardcore off-roading where a serious puncture is more likely.

BMW X5: best buy

BMW X5 45e front cornering - 69-plate car
  • Model xDrive45e xLine
  • List price £64,745
  • Target Price £62,191
  • Target PCP £657 per month
  • Options we'd add - Technology Pack (£5285), Comfort Pack (£2495), Towbar (£995), Visibility Pack (£650), Roller sunblind for rear side windows (£265)

  • Cost of options - £9690

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