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BMW X5 Review

November 28, 2014

Big, bold and brilliant – all words we’d use to describe the mighty BMW X5. Over its first two generations, the X5 racked up an incredible 1.3 million sales after entering the SUV market. Now in its third generation, the BMW has to battle hard against rivals such as the Range Rover Sport, Porsche Cayman and Mercedes M-Class – but how does it fair? In this new BMW X5 review, you’re about to find out.

  • Strong performance
  • Excellent to drive
  • Good fuel economy for a large SUV
BMW X5 finance

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Dynamic and upright proportions make the X5 instantly recognisable. With an imposing presence on the road and the classic BMW kidney grille, this is an SUV that demands your attention. The exterior design of the car was optimised to focus on aerodynamics, combining style and substance. Large air inlets, the Aero Curtain in the front apron and the newly developed Air Breather in the front wheel arches help reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions – while adding to the car’s already sporty aesthetic.

The interior of the X5 has an exclusive, elegant atmosphere – with high-quality materials and atmospheric lighting, it is the epitome of comfort. There’s plenty of legroom, and horizontal contours and contrasting surfaces heighten the feeling of spaciousness in the cabin. Seat-up boot space has increased in the latest X5 model, offering an ample 650 litres – and the split tailgate offers added convenience, with the top portion coming electrically powered as standard.


The X5 brings sporty on-road dynamics to the 4×4 market – so much so that it’s sometimes easy to forget you’re in a hefty SUV. The newest model is lighter than its predecessor, giving it sharp handling, off-road ability and refinement. That’s not to say any performance has been sacrificed, though – even the most timid X5 is swift, with good pulling-power in low revs. The 381 bhp tri-turbo M50d offers unbelievable surge – surprising given its impressive economy figures – while the 258 bhp xDrive30d does 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds. Perfectly nippy in its own right.

All X5s come with Drive Performance Control, offering up to four driving modes to adjust throttle response, steering weight and gearshift speed. The M50d also comes with Adaptive M Sport suspension, giving good roll control and a firm yet comfortable ride.


Entry level BMW X5s come well-equipped as standard, with a sat-nav, climate and cruise control, DAB radio, parking sensors, automatic wipers and Xenon headlights. The standard entertainment system is perfectly fit for purpose – while you can opt for impressive Harmon Kardon and Bang & Olufsen systems, which can be supplemented with optional Online Entertainment that gives you access to millions of tracks and web-radio. One of the most impressive features is the way the X5 connects seamlessly with your smart phone – allowing you to control the device through a set of clicks and dial twirls – a generally classy and highly convenient affair.

An entry level X5 will set you back £42,945, while a range-topping XDrive50i M Sport will cost you £64,290. If this BMW X5 review has got you desperate for a German SUV of your own, the Car Loan Warehouse can help. We’re experts in BMW finance, and we could help you get behind the wheel of the car you want at a rate you can afford. Try our online car loan calculator now – just select how much you want to borrow and how long for. It’s simple!

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.