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BMW X5: Test Drive Review

Date: 04 December 2013   |   Author: Jack Carfrae

Category: Large 4x4
P11D price: £63,325
Key rival: Audi Q7
On sale: November 2013

Among the changes for the all-new BMW X5 are a front-wheel drive version, known as the sDrive 25d, due early next year and sporting the lowest emissions - 149g/km - the soft-roader has ever had.

It's also the cheapest version at £42,395, although BMW expects it to count for less than 2% of sales and act more as a tempting price point to garner interest. The four-wheel drive version of the same model (the xDrive 25) is likely to be far more popular and only has a 45kg and 5g/km weight/CO2 penalty as a result of the extra two driven wheels.

A healthy amount of new tech is available, including a colour head-up display, full autonomous parking and a night-vision safety system that can detect both humans and animals. Space has also been improved - seven seats are an option, as before, but there's also 30 litres of extra boot capacity and you can't argue with the room in the back.

BusinessCar tested the top-spec M50d, which, while not quite as extravagant as the xDrive50 that has a 449hp 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine, is about as plush a variant as a fleet could want. It's packing a 381hp 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine and, despite, its proportions, is seriously rapid. It's good for 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds.

As is often the case with cars that have been subjected to BMW's Efficient Dynamics treatment, mpg and CO2 seem to belie the performance and, in this case, the size and weight of the X5, too. Quick and heavy as it is, it emits 177g/km and returns an official 42.2mpg, which is astounding given what else it's capable of.

It may not be cheap, but the BMW's costs at 128.5p look healthy next to those of its rivals. A Porsche Cayenne S 4.2D can pip it at £58,243 and 120.4ppm, but the firm is renowned for poor equipment levels, while the X5 trounces the Audi Q7 4.2 TDI 340 S-line, at £60,205 and 138.1ppm.

BMW X5 M50d
P11D price £63,325
Model price range £42,395-£64,315
Residual value 38.5%
Depreciation £38,950
Fuel £9065
SMR £5011
VED £775
National Insurance £8215
Cost per mile 128.5p
Fuel consumption 42.2mpg
CO2 (tax) 177g/km (30%)
BIK 20/40% per month £317/£633
Service interval variable miles
Insurance (1-50) group 50
Warranty 3yrs unlimited mls
Boot space 650/1870 litres
Engine size/power 2993cc/381hp
Top speed/0-62mph 155mph/5.3secs


Plush, rapid and well-rounded luxury 4x4.