2018 BMW X5 Review

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There are plenty of power options to choose from, with even a hybrid now being offered. The six-cylinder diesels offer excellent levels of power and economy and the M50d is fantastically quick with its three turbos. The X5M offers up an impressive 575bhp. Dynamically the X5 has fallen behind its rivals, the ride isn’t silky smooth and the steering feel is too numb.

Performance and 0-60 time – The fastest X5 (outside of the X5 M) is the xDrive50i. It offers sports car worrying performance: 0-62mph comes in just 4.9sec.

Engine and gearbox – The engine options span four- to eight-cylinders. Drive can be sent to all-four wheels or exclusively the rear-axle – the latter makes the X5 unique in its class.

Ride and handling – Electronic limited-slip differential and lighter four-wheel drive aid handling. But Porsche’s SUV offerings are more involving. Read more about the BMW X5’s handling here.

MPG and running costs – In its most efficient sDrive25d guise, the X5 returns a claimed 50.4mpg. Opt for the potent xDrive50i and you can almost half that. Read more about the BMW X5’s running costs here.

Interior and tech – The X5’s build quality is second to none. Standard kit is good, but most owners will want to add a few options, pushing the X5 towards Range Rover Vogue prices.

Design – The new X5 is the largest yet, though it is lighter than its predecessor. It’s handsome too, especially when equipped with M-spec body trim and wheels. Read more about the BMW X5’s design here.


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