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£43,545 when new
What is it? BMW’s largest SUV, but with a slightly more eco-tilt than most - uniquely for a mammoth off-roader, this sDrive 25d is only available in two-wheel drive. And that’s rear-wheel drive, seeing as this is still a Beemer. As such, the CO2 emissions are 149g/km and it should average 50.4mpg. Impressive stuff for a near-two tonne SUV. It’s also the cheapest X5, with prices starting at a relatively parsimonious £42,945. Two-wheel drive? What if I want to go off-road? Then you’ll be in the 0.1 per cent of BMW X5 owners who actually get their car dirty. In reality, the four-wheel drive system is surplus to requirements for most and by ditching it, BMW has shaved 45kg off the all-wheel drive version. Not a huge diet, but every little helps. As mentioned, because it’s a BMW, power in this sDrive model is sent to the rear wheels, and on dry roads you can’t tell the difference between two and AWD. There’s no scrabbling for traction when you plant your foot, and you can¹t feel any difference in grip levels.