Used car of the week: BMW X5

Want an SUV that combines car-like handling with rugged looks and plenty of space? The BMW X5 may fit the bill

Words ByClaire Evans

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The second-generation BMW X5, which was on sale from 2007 to 2013, had more room for passengers and luggage than the original X5 and was available with seven seats.

It’s not quite as roomy as Audi’s Q7, but the X5 stands out because it can be hustled along a twisty road like a sports car.

The only other SUV to match the X5 for driver appeal is the Porsche Cayenne, but it doesn’t offer as many diesel engine options as the BMW.

One word of warning, though: the trade-off for that nimble handling is that the X5 has a firm ride, so if comfort is your priority, avoid M Sport models and stick with an SE.

If you want a BMW X5 but can't afford a brand new one, it's worth considering the previous-generation model. Read on to find out how much you should pay for a used BMW X5 and which model to choose.

What budget do I need?

The earliest BMW X5s are now celebrating their 10th birthday, and they can be found for around Β£10,000 in SE trim. Expect to pay around Β£2000 more to upgrade to M Sport specification.

The X5 was treated to a facelift in 2010, when it received new engines and extra standard equipment; if you want one of these cars you should budget Β£20,000 for a 3.0-litre diesel with 70,000 miles and a full service history.

If you’re after an overtly sporty model, the X5 M could be yours for around Β£36,000.

What version should I go for?

Post-2010 facelifted X5s have better interior trim and more efficient engines, so we’d recommend one of these. The 3.0d was the most popular choice and we think it’s still the best bet because it provides a good mix of performance and economy.

Talking of trim, all models come with an automatic gearbox, climate control, cruise control, parking sensors and self-levelling rear suspension.

If you’re going for an M Sport model you’ll get leather sports seats, sports suspension and larger alloy wheels; just make sure you can live with the firmer ride before you buy.

Any problems to be aware of?

Families can be tough on cars, so check the interior trim for damage and ensure that all the electrically operated gadgets work as they should.

While X5 engines and gearboxes have proved durable, the interior trim hasn’t and is prone to rattling. Exterior door handles can stick, too, so check all the doors open easily.

What next?

Read our used BMW X5 review, or click here to read our new BMW X5 review.

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