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  • Launched in 2018
  • SUV
  • Petrol, Diesel, PHEV
  • Launch year
    2018
  • Body type
    SUV
  • Fuel type
    Petrol, Diesel, PHEV

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Luxurious, fast and sporty SUV

Best bits

  • Incredibly luxurious cabin
  • Fantastic to drive
  • Plug-in hybrid 45e is exceptional 

Not so great

  • Not as competent off-road as some
  • Expensive to buy
  • You have to pay for seven seats

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Overall verdict

"The BMW X5 is a highly impressive SUV. It’s practical, spacious and comfortable, but also really fun to drive. A fantastically smooth gearbox, powerful engines and supple air suspension make it a compelling package. It’s expensive, but the plug-in hybrid 45e has minute running costs and is luxurious enough to feel worth it."

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If you think about big SUVs like Olympic athletes, most of them pick a single discipline to specialise in. Volvo sets the gold standard in safety with its XC90, Land Rover's Discovery is unbeatable off-road, and so on. The X5 though, is a heptathlete - it won't necessarily beat its rivals in one specific area, but is dominant in many.


That makes it a fantastic all-rounder, especially as with the latest model, BMW has added luxury and comfort into a mix that already included fantastic engines, strong practicality, and a really exciting driving experience.


The spectrum of its abilities is so broad in fact, that you can order your X5 as a plug-in hybrid that emits less than 50g/km of CO2 for ultra-low running costs, or an outrageous high-performance missile with over 600PS.


Let's start with practicality. No it doesn't have the biggest boot in the class, or seven standard seats (you can fit them as an option) but still provides generous passenger and luggage space. You can fit five adults inside without complaints from those in the back, and the boot has enough functionality to compensate for its size.


The excellent 3.0-litre diesel 30d will be more than quick enough for most buyers. It has impressive pulling power across the rev range, and works beautifully with its standard-fit eight-speed automatic transmission.

An update in 2020 means it now features mild-hybrid tech, boosting performance while lowering CO2 output.


Of the seven engines available, we think it strikes the best balance between price, pace, and fuel economy. It also has a massive cruising range of over 700 miles, making it perfect for those cross-continental road trips.


Still, if you want a fully electrified driving experience, then the plug-in xDrive 45e is one of the best of its type. With a fully charged battery, it can travel over 50 miles on electric power alone, up to 83mph, so it gives you more opportunities for zero-emissions driving than either the XC90 T8 or Range Rover Sport P400e will.


It's no slouch either, with a combined output of nearly 400PS it feels every bit as fast as the xDrive 40i petrol. The only place you pay a penalty for its advanced drivetrain is in the corners, where is feels heavier and less nimble than the standard models. It's still surprisingly easy to hustle down a twisty road, but rolls about more.


Equipped with a conventional engine, the X5 is magnificent to drive. Every model gets four-wheel drive and  (with the exception of the M50i and M50d) cushioned air suspension that's incredibly comfortable. It can switch between smooth, supple motorway cruiser and sharp handling B-road hustler at the press of a button.


As one of the flagship models in BMW's range, the X5 commands a seriously high price. To help you swallow that pill, it's incredibly well equipped - the base xLine trim is crammed with everything you could need or want. It feels more luxurious inside than its rivals too, with stunning cabin materials and exceptional build quality.


It's safe to say we're big fans of the X5. As the do everything, Swiss Army knife of large, premium SUVs, it does everything you'll ask of it and more. If you only need five seats, then it should be at the top of your list.


If you're looking for the older version, you need our BMW X5 (2014-2018) review.


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  • 52,115 miles
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  • South Glamorgan, CF118UU
Price:£26,495
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Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 36 Monthly Payments: £721.17, Customer Deposit: £3,974.00, Total Deposit: £3,974.25, Total Charge For Credit: £3,441.37, Total Amount Payable: £29,936.37, Representative APR: 9.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 9.9%

Is the BMW X5 right for you?

The X5 was one of the first 'sporty' SUVs that were genuinely fun to drive on the road, while still being able to take you further than a normal family estate car off it. The latest model stays faithful to those characteristics.


If you want an large SUV that feels exciting to drive, there aren't many better than the big BMW. Unlike rivals such as the Porsche Cayenne, this sportiness doesn't come at the expense of ride comfort or practicality.


As a five-seater, it's one of the most complete large SUVS money can buy, with an impressive standard equipment haul that balances out its high asking price. For carrying seven (or as much luggage as possible) there are better options, and it's a similar story if you want your 4x4 to specialise in off-roading capability. 


However, as an all-rounder, the X5 is hard to beat, especially now that it comes with such a wide range of different engines, covering everything from advanced plug-in hybrid tech to savage straight line performance.


What’s the best BMW X5 model/engine to choose?

Unless you're a company car driver, then we can't see any reason not to go for the entry-level xDrive 30d. It has a smooth, powerful engine, supple air suspension, and is the most affordable and efficient diesel X5.


With the smallest wheels and non run-flat tyres, it's also the most comfortable and hushed version of this car when cruising long motorway distances - qualities that we think are essential on a big, luxurious family SUV.


The xLine trim has everything you need specification wise, so again unless you're desperate to pump up the already brash styling we wouldn't bother with the pricier M Sport version (although plenty of buyers will). You can use the cash you save to plump up for a few extras, like the Technology Pack or the third row of seating.


If you plan to buy a petrol, then frankly you'd be mad not to go for the plug-in hybrid xDrive 45e. It's only a little more expensive to buy than the xDrive 40i, but will be much cheaper to run and tax, and its pure-electric driving capabilities make it a wonderfully stealthy and soothing car for navigating stop-start city traffic.


What other cars are similar to the BMW X5?

The usual suspects Audi and Mercedes both offer cars that rival the X5 for luxury, size and performance. The Audi Q7 comes with seven seats as standard, an even bigger boot, and costs a bit less in a like-for-like trim level.


Mercedes' GLE is not quite as luxurious inside, and comes with a four-cylinder diesel and steel suspension in its most affordable guise, whereas the X5 gets six-cylinder and cushioned air springs throughout its range.


These rivals both offer their own plug-in hybrids aimed at company drivers, although unusually the GLE pairs its electric motors with a diesel engine - giving it better fuel economy than the X5 once the battery is depleted.


However neither is quite as sporty to drive. If you want high-performance thrills and even sharper cornering the Porsche Cayenne feels even more agile than the BMW, though it's not as well equipped or comfortable.


For intrepid SUV drivers who actually want to go off-road (surely there are some?) Land Rover's Discovery has seven full-size seats, and is unbeatable in the rough stuff thanks to its 4x4 gadgets and chunky tyres.

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Does the BMW X5 come with seven seats?

As standard the X5 has five seats, but you can choose to add a third row of occasional seats that fold into the boot floor for an extra £1400, but not on the high-performance X5 M50i trim.

Russell Campbell

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Is the BMW X5 a good car?

The current X5 is more luxurious inside than its predecessors, and it’s still one of the best driving large SUVs, with well judged suspension, sharp steering and very powerful engines.

Andy Brady

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What is the boot space of the BMW X5?

The X5 has a 650-litre boot with the seats up, which is a lot of room, but a little less than you find in the equivalent Mercedes GLE. It’s the same story with the middle row folded, however it’s 1869-litre capacity should be more than enough for most, and it’s a well designed space.

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How does a used BMW X5 compare to its rivals on price?

The latest X5 launched in 2018 so there aren’t many used examples available. The older model is less plush, but can be found with fairly low mileages for a reasonable price. Porsches and Range Rovers in similar condition cost roughly 20 per cent more.

Dan Powell

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Is there a high-performance version of the X5?

Oh yes. The X5 M Competition is one of the fastest, sportiest SUVs on sale. Its 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine produces 616PS and it’s capable of 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds. You also get bespoke interior and exterior styling, massive brakes and a clever differential.

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