The BMW X5 is a luxurious, upmarket SUV that’s extremely practical while still being able to tackle our twisty British B-roads without the fear of crashing into the nearest hedge. For buyers looking for the optimal mix of handling, performance and refinement, the BMW X5 was the luxury SUV to have.
Now in its third-generation, and with some seriously stiff competition coming from all flanks, the X5 must battle harder than ever for the luxury SUV crown. Here’s a guide to help you decide if the BMW X5 will fit into your life.
The BMW X5 has always been an SUV on the larger side of the spectrum and this new version is no different. This is a hindrance in once sense, because it’s harder to park and manoeuvre in tight places, but a help on the other hand as it provides superior amounts of space and practicality. The X5 has ample storage and, thanks to a great degree of visibility and the high-riding driving position, driving it is made much easier.
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Thanks to the large exterior, the interior is as equally large with great amounts of space both for front occupants as well as rear occupants. Also worthy of note, the rear floor is almost completely flat so, if anyone was to sit in the centre seat, they won’t be struggling to find a space to place their feet.
Fuel tank capacity and range
The 2.0-litre diesel model – dubbed 25d – in either rear or four-wheel-drive form has a 75-litre fuel tank. The rest of the range: a 4.4-litre petrol V8 (xDrive50i), a 3.0-litre turbodiesel (xDrive30d and xDrive40d), and a 3.0-litre tri-turbodiesel (M50d) all have 85-litre fuel tanks.
This means the theoretical maximum distance the X5 can achieve on a full tank of fuel ranges from 503 miles on the xDrive50i to nearly 853 miles on the xDrive30d.
The X5 is a very capable tow car, ranging from towing a maximum payload of 2,700kg on the xDrive25d and sDrive25d, to 3,500kg for the rest of the range. It is worth saying that, even though the 2.0-litre diesel can tow exactly the same maximum amount in both rear and four-wheel-drive platforms, it’s worth opting for the four-wheel drive system because you’ll be able to unleash the engine’s power and torque to the road in a safer and more reassuring way.
The turning circle for the BMW X5 is 12.7 metres which is to be expected from such a large vehicle. However, comparing this figure against those from its rivals, it doesn’t compare very well. The Range Rover Sport achieves a 12.3 metre turning circle, 12.0 metres for the Audi Q7 and 11.9 metres for the Porsche Cayenne. Keep an ear out for those parking sensors when manoeuvring!
The BMW X5 can hold 650 litres of cargo with the rear seats in place and 1,870 litres with the rear seats folded down. There is no figure quoted for when the optional third row of seating is in place – but don’t expect to fit more than a handful of shopping bags in there.
With the rear seats in place, the X5 has the smallest boot compared to its main rivals: 690 litres on the Mercedes M-Class, 670-litres for the Porsche Cayenne, 784-litres in the Range Rover Sport and 775-litres for the Audi Q7. However, with the rear seats folded down, it’s much more competitive at 1,870-litres. The Mercedes achieves 2,010-litres, 1,728-litres in the Porsche, 2,035-litres in the Audi and 1,652-litres in the Range Rover Sport.
The lightest version of the X5 weighs 1,995kg with the 2.0-litre diesel engine and rear-wheel drive (sDrive25d). The heaviest version – the M50d – is 2,190kg. With certain optional equipment fitted to the vehicle, these quoted figures will most certainly rise.
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