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BMW X5 Xdrive 30d SE: Test Drive Review

Date: 29 June 2011

Category: Large 4x4
P11D price: £44,555
Key rival: Range Rover Sport

BMW revised its X5 large off-roader last year, altering the nose and, more importantly, upgrading the 3.0-litre diesel engine, making it the first large 4x4 apart from the hybrid Lexus RX450h to break the 200g/km barrier.

While the Mercedes ML and Range Rover Sport rivals both sit in the maximum 35% BIK tax band with CO2 of 230g/km and 243g/km respectively, the X5 is at 195g/km and 32%. It also returns 38.2mpg against the Merc ML350 CDI's 32.5mpg.

The X5 also has the best RVs - 41.1% retained according to KwikCarcost, against 39.8% for the Range Rover Sport and 36.9% for the Mercedes ML. Although the ML starts around £1000 cheaper than the BMW, the efficiency and RV gains mean the BMW is a clear costs winner, as well as being better to drive and having the most enjoyable engine.

BMW X5 Xdrive 30d SE
P11D price£44,555
Model price range£44,555-£80,795
Fuel consumption38.2mpg
CO2 (tax) 195g/km/(32%)
BIK 20/40% per month£238/£475
Service intervalvariable mls
Insurancegroup 42
Warranty3yrs/unlimited mls
Boot space (min/max)620/1750 litres
Engine size/power2993cc/245hp
Top speed/0-62mph130mph/7.6secs
On sale Summer 2010
VerdictClear leader for
efficiency, driving
experience and
running costs


Clear leader for efficiency, driving experience and running costs