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BMW X5 review

£79,210 - £108,560
Published: 16 May 2024


What should I be paying?

Entry into the X5 range is with the xDrive30d xLine model at £69,560. Add £4k and you get the same engine in the M Sport trim, or the xDrive40d M Sport costs £77,305. The plug-in hybrid xDrive50e in M Sport trim is £80,835, then the top-spec M60i is £92,455. Punchy.

What are the trims like? 

xLine comes fairly well appointed, as you’d expect for almost £70k. You get 19in alloys, auto tailgate, self parking tech, auto aircon, heated front seats, front and rear sensors with rear camera, cruise control plus LED lights front and rear. The 14.9in infotainment is standard on all cars, plus the 12.3in digital dashboard. 

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M Sport adds 20in alloys, upgraded exterior trim and interior fabrics and adaptive air suspension on the PHEV model (adaptive dampers on the diesel). The M60i has massive 22in wheels, an M bodykit, electric sports seats up front, adaptive steering, upgraded suspension and differential, as well as a Harman Kardon sound system.

Any extras worth looking at? 

The towbar comes in at £1,150 (the X5 is rated to pull up to 3,500kg of braked trailer with the diesel engines, around 2,700kg with the PHEV powertrain), and the panoramic roof is worth considering at £2,650 if you’re looking for things to spend money on. You can turn the X5 into a seven-seater (only on the diesels, mind) for £1,650, though the extra seats are strictly for smaller passengers.

I want one as a company car, which should I choose? 

The xDrive50e M Sport is probably the most sensible option (as two-tonne £80k BMW SUVs go) thanks to its BIK rate of eight per cent. Add in the 50-ish miles of e-range and it could be a real money saver.

The other models all fall into the 37 per cent category, which makes them significantly more expensive to run.

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