The BMW X5 has been a regular at the top of the large SUV class for over 15 years. Now in its third generation, it has proven popular with buyers thanks to its great engine range, sports saloon-like handling, and a spacious, high quality cabin.
We’re looking at the 15 choices for the X5, along with prices and images to help you decide which is for you. To learn the difference between solid, metallic and special finishes, check out our car paint types guide.
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Alpine White – £ 0
While white is a fashionable shade on smaller cars, it isn’t quite as common on large SUVs like the X5 – unless you live in Australia or the Middle East, anyway. Perhaps part of the reason is that white cars start to look grubby very easily if they venture off road. Nevertheless, it’ll be easy to sell to the used market.
Jet Black – £0
A standard gloss black. There are metallic alternatives available and, considering they don’t cost any more, it may be worth picking them instead. Used buyers will happily purchase this shade and it will take a moderate amount of cleaning to keep it looking good. It’s not available on M Sport models.
Metallic paint finishes
Mineral White – £0
Mineral White’s metallic finish makes it appear more pricey – and therefore more desirable – than the solid white shade, above. Like Alpine White, it’ll need plenty of love from a bucket of water to keep it at its best, but used buyers are unlikely to be put off by this colour.
Black Sapphire – £0
There will be plenty of demand for a black X5 come trade-in time so, from a financial point of view, it should be one of the most tempting choices here. it’ll hide dirt and general grubbiness better than paler colours, though scratches and swirls in the finish tend to show up quite badly.
Carbon Black – £0
Carbon Black differs from the previous shade thanks to a subtle blue tint which is most obvious in bright light. Black (and its subtle variations) will always be popular with buyers of the X5, so used values should remain strong. Again, cheap car washes will leave swirl marks so don’t cut corners.
Space Grey – £0
This medium metallic grey is very popular on BMW’s performance models, so it’ll have strong residual values – especially on X5 M Sport models. Aside from a full-on brown, grey is one of the best choices for masking road grime.
Glacier Silver – £0
Glacier silver is one of the typical BMW hues and its timeless appeal will keep it in high demand when the time comes to trade it in at a later date. Like most light colours, plenty of washing will be required to keep it on form.
Mineral Silver – £0
A pale gold shade might be quite handy for those to prefer to avoid car washes, but it won’t be one of the most desirable colours of the X5 range. Mineral Silver and the remaining three metallic shades aren’t available on M Sport models.
Sophisto Grey Xirallic – £0
Xirallic finishes feature titanium oxide-covered flakes for a unique shimmering effect, instead of the tiny aluminium flakes used in standard metallic paints. It will have very little positive or negative effect on its desirability on the used car market, so it’ll be purely down to personal taste whether you choose it over the other greys. It’ll hide road grime for longer than many rivals.
Imperial Blue Xirallic – £0
The second of the two Xirallic shades, there’s little choice for buyers looking for a blue X5, so this is almost the default choice. Used buyers will be happy to pick this hue and it’ll hide dirt for longer than black and white cars.
Sparkling Brown – £0
It’ll be hard to find a better colour to hide dirt than BMW’s Sparkling Brown. It’s a fashionable colour, too, but for how long remains to be seen – used values of brown cars could slump as soon if they stop being the ‘in-thing’.
Special paint finishes
Azurite Black – £1,120
Though it appears black at first glance, Azurite Black reveals a hint of blue under bright sunlight, giving it an eye-catching appearance. It isn’t dissimilar from Carbon Black, so it’s questionable whether or not the £1,120 price tag is worth it. While you probably won’t recover that money come trade-in time, few used buyers will be put off by this shade.
Ruby Black – £1,120
Much like Azurite Black, but with a red tint replacing a blue one. Although used car buyers might be intrigued, it’s unlikely that you’ll recoup the £1,120 outlay when you decide to part with it. The reddish hue will certainly help hide road muck for longer than lighter coloured cars.
Pearl Silver – £1,120
Pearl Silver tends only to be available for the largest cars in the BMW range. In the flesh, it has less of the glossy effect that most modern paints have, which gives it a mild sheen rather than a fully reflective dazzle. Again, used buyers will go for this shade but are unlikely to repay its initial outlay.
Pyrite Brown – £1,120
This pearlescent chocolate finish is one which is certain to look attractive in the showroom. However, it might divide opinion a few years down the line so used values are unclear. Dirt will be covered for a long time on this finish so frequent car washes won’t be needed.
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