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New Lexus NX vs used BMW X5 verdict

We rate both of these SUVs highly – especially as plug-in hybrids. But should you buy a brand new NX 450h+ or a used example of the bigger X5 xDrive45e for the same money?...

New Lexus NX vs used BMW X5 sideview

Our verdict

A used BMW X5 is a very tempting proposition, perhaps more so than the Lexus NX initially. By choosing the X5, you're getting more performance, a higher driving position and a slightly cushier ride, not to mention it's around £2000 cheaper to buy outright. 

However, the NX feels similarly luxurious, and is both better equipped and cheaper on finance. It is also likely to cost you significantly less to run, given how much more efficient it is when running on petrol power. And, of course, it combines Lexus's impeccable reliability record with the reassurance of a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty (if you continue to service it through Lexus), whereas the X5's original warranty will have already expired. It's a close one, but we'll take a shiny new Lexus NX, please. 

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1st – Lexus NX

Lexus NX rear panning

For More frugal when the battery is depleted; better equipped; cheaper on finance
Against Lower driving position; less practical boot; noisier under acceleration

What Car? says 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – BMW X5

BMW X5 45e rear cornering - 69-plate car

For More cosseting ride; stronger performance; better infotainment
Against Thirstier when battery is flat; less agile; less reliable

What Car? says 5 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Lexus NX 450h+ Premium Pack (Lexus Link Pro Pack) 

Power 305bhp (combined)
0-60mph 6.5sec
Top speed 124mph
Test electric range 33 miles
Official electric range 43 miles
Test fuel economy 38.6mpg (battery depleted)

Specifications: BMW X5 xDrive45e M Sport

Power 389bhp (combined)
0-60mph 5.1sec
Top speed 146mph
Test electric range 32.5 miles
Official electric range 54 miles
Test fuel economy 25mpg (battery depleted)

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