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The Top Gear car review:BMW X5/X6

Overall verdict
You might not like to admit it, but the BMW X5 is a damn good car.


Better in pretty much every area and thus even more complete than before


It's still a BMW X5 so still has, um, slight issues with its image


What is it?

Oi, stand back, world: the latest BMW X5 is here and it’s coming through, now. Bigger, bolder and brasher than ever, it’s fortunately also better: for all the issues you may have with image by association, this is a very good car. Despite the monster tri-turbo M50d, the best-sellers will remain the regular diesels though, now offered in rear-drive four-cylinder sDrive25d and 4WD xDrive30d guise. And these engines also underpin the X5’s even more reviled sibling, the X6. 

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
xDrive50i M Sport 5dr Auto
4.9s 226g/km 29.1 449 £67,465
The cheapest
sDrive25d [231] SE 5dr Auto
7.7s 139g/km 53.3 231 £47,885
The greenest
xDrive40e SE 5dr Auto
6.8s 77g/km 85.6 313 £55,665
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