BMW X5 review

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If you’ve considered buying a luxury SUV at any time since the late 1990s, the chances are the BMW X5 has been on your radar. It kicked off the craze for sportier SUVs – cars that sacrificed some of the ruggedness and rock-climbing ability of the off-roaders of the time in favour of better handling, improved comfort and a more luxurious interior.

Since the first X5 came out all those years ago, several challengers have also staked their claim to this territory. First, the Volvo XC90 brought seven seats as standard; then the Range Rover Sport added proper off-road ability to the mix, while latterly the Audi Q7 used clever packaging to combine the versatility of seven seats with a truly classy interior and remarkable comfort. In short, this fourth-generation version of the X5 has its work cut out if it’s to rise to the top of the class again.

But it brings to the fight some notable good qualities: for example, a suitably upmarket interior and the same tight handling that made it such a favourite among buyers before, not ot mention air suspension as standard, promising a smooth and comfortable ride.

Is that enough to make it a luxury SUV you should consider? Read on to find out. And when you’re ready to buy, head over to our New Car Buying section, where we can find you the best deals on whichever model you settle on.


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There are 3 trims available for the X5 4x4. Click to see details.See all versions
This is the cheapest X5 version, but it’s still pretty lavish, with leather seats, air suspension, ambient lighting, LED headlights and an infotainment system bristling with extra features all comi...View trim
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This version of the X5 gets sporty looks and bigger alloy wheels but little else of much substance, so it isn’t really worth the additional cost...View trim
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Adds some important bits of hardware for a sportier drive and even larger wheels, but because the X5 is no sports car to start with, it’s hard to recommend paying the extra for this top-of-the-rang...View trim
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