BMW X5 M ESTATE xDrive X5 M Competition 5dr Step Auto [Ultimate]






0 - 62 mph3.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2304 g/km

In fourth generation form, BMW's X5 demonstrates the brand's latest advances in technology, design and safety, plus it offers with the highest level of autonomous capability yet seen on a BMW X model. You wouldn't expect anything less really. It's all change - but very much business as usual.

X5 Take 4

BMW's X5 was the original 'Sports Activity Vehicle'. And in fourth generation guise, it's more sophisticated than ever before. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

In fourth generation form, BMW's X5 demonstrates the brand's latest advances in technology, design and safety, plus it offers with the highest level of autonomous capability yet seen on a BMW X model. You wouldn't expect anything less really. It's all change - but very much business as usual.


The BMW X5. It was the car that, back at the turn of the century, completely changed the way we thought about large, plush 4x4s, the car that, more than any other, defined the modern luxury SUV and the one that since the turn of the century, almost every other prestige brand has sought to copy. Nevertheless, 2.2 million X5s have been sold since this model line first appeared back in 1999. BMW doesn't actually like the term 'SUV' with its clunky connotations and has always marketed this car as an 'SAV' or 'Sports Activity Vehicle', though the tag has never really caught on. As you'd expect, this fourth generation version moves the game on a little further again, offering what, on paper at least, BMW claims to be the best combination of performance and efficiency in its class. But the competition's tougher than ever before, with rivals claiming better driving dynamics, extra practicality and greater luxury. With all that in mind, is this still the most complete car in its segment? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

This time round, X5 buyers get to choose from one petrol engine and two diesels. The mainstream xDrive40i petrol and xDrive30d diesel variants use a six-cylinder inline unit, while the X5 M50d is powered by a more potent six-cylinder in-line diesel engine with a quartet of turbochargers. All engines channel their power through an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, while BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive is now standard across the range, the system now able to split drive torque between the front and rear wheels with even greater precision and speed on demand. The xDrive40i puts out 340hp and 450Nm of torque via a 3.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharger and completes the zero to 62mph sprint in just 5.5 seconds. The xDrive30d diesel uses another 3.0-litre unit, but it features a single turbocharger with a maximum output of 265hp while offering 620Nm of torque and a 62mph sprint time of 6.5 seconds. Go for the M50d and you get 400hp, 760Nm of torque and 62mph from rest in 5.2 seconds. A two-axle air suspension system is standard, as is a 'Dynamic Damper Control' set-up to tailor ride quality, this accessible through the usual Driving Experience Control driving modes system. If you want to go further, the 'Adaptive M suspension Professional' package delivers two key enhancements. First, there's 'Active roll stabilisation - which compensates for cornering roll. And second there's 'Integral Active Steering' - which turns the rear wheels in either the same direction as the front wheels or the opposite direction, depending on the vehicle speed. This optimises cornering agility, ensures effortless lane changes and helps the vehicle to dart through city traffic. The few customers likely to venture 'off piste' can also specify an Off-Road package.

Design and Build

This fourth generation X5 may appear fairly similar to its predecessor but if you take a second look, much is different. It's 36mm longer, 66mm wider and 19mm higher, so it's a slightly more imposing thing this time round, with pared-back design language, clean surfacing and precise lines. The way that the roof rails, side window surrounds and other trim elements are finished in high-gloss black delivers an appropriately premium look. And inside? Well as buyers of luxury models now expect, there's a fully-digital instrument cluster, which shares the same graphics and design as the centre-dash iDrive Control Display. The transmission selector lever and the ventilation controls for the new 4-zone climate control system have been re-designed. Plus buyers can specify a panoramic glass roof that's 30% larger than and can be embellished with a 'Panorama glass roof Sky Lounge' option which provides LED light spread evenly across the glass surface to illuminate more than 15,000 graphic patterns and generate a display reminiscent of a starlit sky. There's a two-section tailgate that can be power-operated and as before, there's a large boot - now with 645-litres of space, extendable to 1,860-litres if you fold down the 40:20:40 split rear bench. A third row of seats is optional for larger families.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £57,500 for the base diesel xDrive30d 'xLine', rising to around £59,000 for the petrol xDrive40i 'xLine' and around £71,500 for the 400hp diesel M50d. The three key trim levels are 'xLine', 'M Sport' and 'M Sport Performance', all with unique exterior trimming treatment. The 'xLine' variants get 19-inch wheels, the 'M Sport' specification includes 20-inch rims and 22-inch 'V-spoke' alloys mark out the top 'M Performance' model. Inside, across the range you get standard 'Vernasca' leather upholstery, available in four colours and electrically adjustable and heated sports seats. Options include an 'Ambient Air' package which provides air ionisation and infuses the interior with eight individually selectable scents. The Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System with 20 speakers and a 1,500-watt output will be tempting too, as will the optional Rear-seat entertainment Professional system which comprises a pair of 10.2-inch full-HD touchscreen displays, a Blu-ray-compatible DVD player and two headphone jacks. You can also specify thermo-cup holders for the centre console which allow drinks to be kept cool or warm. As you'd expect, there's all the latest camera-driven safety kit. And, to suit the mood of the moment, BMW has included its latest automated driving tech too - though to get it, you'll have to specify the optional 'Driving Assistant Professional package'. This gives you 'Active Cruise Control', a 'Steering and lane control assistant' and 'Traffic jam assist'.

Cost of Ownership

All model variants now comply with the requirements of the latest EU6d-TEMP emissions standard. The system of emission control for the petrol engines includes a gasoline particulate filter, while the diesel models boast BMW BluePerformance technology comprising a particulate filter, an oxidation catalyst, a NOx adsorption catalyst and an SCR catalyst with AdBlue injection. As a result, the petrol xDrive40i delivers 33.2mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions are 193g/km. The xDrive30d diesel returns a combined fuel consumption of 47.1mpg, equating to CO2 emissions of 158g/km. The M50d meanwhile, posts a combined fuel consumption of 41.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 179g/km. What else might you need to know? Well, routine maintenance is dictated by 'Condition Based Servicing' that monitors oil level and engine wear, taking into account how long it's been and how far the car has travelled since its previous garage visit. You can check all of this using menus in the 'iDrive' centre-dash display and the car will give you four weeks' notice of when a check-up is needed so you have plenty of time to book it. To help plan ahead for the cost of regular work, at point of purchase you'll be offered a 'BMW Service Inclusive' package that lasts for three years and 36,000 miles.


What we have here is a more mature X5, this fourth generation model having evolved into a larger, more comfortable and more efficient proposition. It will probably never reclaim the dominant market share its MK1 predecessor originally enjoyed, but BMW once again has the hardware to remind its closer German rivals just who really developed the luxury SUV sector in the first place. True, this might not be as handsome a design as it used to be, but it's still imposing and classy. Safer too and more relevant, not only in terms of its lower running costs but also its hi-tech infotainment ConnectedDrive cleverness. And all of this on top of a range of virtues that more than ever, offer as much motoring flexibility as you could ever need. We are, after all, looking here at a car with economy pretty close to that of an ordinary family estate, yet one that potentially can keep up with a hot hatch, scale the lower slopes of Ben Nevis and take up to seven folk to the theatre when all is done. It is, by any measure, a very complete vehicle - and now perhaps the most accomplished all-round choice in a very talented segment when all is said and done. A benchmark then. Just as X5s have always been.

  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Variable intermittent rear wash/wipe
  • Acoustic glazing
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation and windscreen wiper control
  • Sun protection glazing
  • Front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing

  • Hill start assistant
  • Brake fade compensation
  • Electromechanical parking brake with automatic drive away release and auto hold function
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Integrated brake system
  • Brake drying
  • Braking pre-tensioning
  • Front and rear brake discs with interior ventilation
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Brake energy regeneration

  • Velour floormats

  • Adaptive M suspension professional

  • Enhanced bluetooth hands free facility with Telephony wireless charging

  • Parking assistance plus with ultrasound based assistance system, reversing assistant, lateral parking aid and surround view system
  • Front/rear park distance control (PDC)
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS) with Servotronic
  • Attentiveness assist

  • Stop/start button
  • Automatic tailgate with top hinged section open and manual bottom hinged section

  • BMW Drive recorder
  • BMW ConnectedDrive online services
  • BMW Head up display
  • 32GB hard disc drive (HDD) memory
  • Infinity symbol with line graphic on reset of average consumption
  • Oil sensor for level and grade
  • BMW legal emergency call
  • BMW digital live cockpit professional - 12.3" digital instrument panel and 12.3" CID, with touch/voice command
  • On board computer inc. average speed, fuel consumption, liquid crystal Info display, journey computer, outside temperature display, personal profile
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • BMW Teleservices
  • iDrive touch controller with shortcut buttons
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Brake force display
  • Run flat indicator
  • Service interval indicator

  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror
  • M Carbon mirror caps

  • BMW Individual leather finished instrument panel

  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • Turbocharger with Valvetronic
  • Double VANOS
  • M xDrive system
  • Safety battery terminal clamp
  • High precision injection

  • BMW gesture control
  • DAB Tuner enables digital radio reception
  • TV function plus including digital reception with CI+ card reader, operation by iDrive Touch controller and integral roof aerial
  • Favourite buttons
  • USB connection, USB type A 1.5A in cupholder, USB Type C 3A in centre armrest
  • Rear seat entertainment - Professional

  • Sky Lounge panoramic glass sunroof
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • M Carbon engine cover
  • BMW Individual high gloss black shadow line roof rails
  • BMW Individual high gloss shadow line
  • Front and rear door sill strips
  • X5 M competition badging on tailgate high gloss black right finished
  • BMW Individual high gloss shadow line with extended contents
  • Front and rear bumper system
  • M Sport exhaust system

  • Dynamic brake lights with LED technology
  • Follow me home headlight function
  • Third brake light in rear spoiler
  • BMW Laserlights
  • Welcome light carpet
  • LED fog lights
  • LED rear lights
  • High beam assistant
  • LED daytime running lights

  • 4 zone control automatic air conditioning

  • Toolkit located in luggage compartment
  • Securing rings in luggage compartment
  • Lockable glove compartment
  • Light inside glove compartment
  • Luggage compartment floor panel with integral storage tray
  • Multifunctional hooks
  • Roller sunblind for rear side windows
  • Storage tray and compartment with cover in centre console
  • Front and rear cupholders x 2
  • M leather steering wheel
  • Storage bins on all doors
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Soft close function for doors
  • Cupholder temperate
  • 12V - Power sockets with 2x centre console and 1x luggage compartment
  • Electrical steering column with adjustable height and length with activation and control on the steering column
  • Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim
  • Multifunction controls for leather steering wheel

  • Front reading lights
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Make-up mirror lights

  • Expanded exterior mirror pack - X5/X5 M
  • Heated front comfort pack - X5/X6 M
  • Luggage compartment pack - X5 M
  • Connected Package Professional - X5 M
  • Ambient air pack - X5/X6 M
  • M Driver pack - X5/X6 M
  • Ambient light interior pack - X5 M/ X6M

  • Front and rear M seatbelts stopper, seatbelt tensioner for front and outer rear seats and belt force limiter
  • Black M seatbelts with coloured M seam for all seats
  • Active protection
  • Airbags - driver/front passenger, rear and side, first and second row seats head airbags, front passenger seat airbag deactivation + knee airbag
  • Tyre pressure indicator
  • Three 3 point inertia reel seatbelts
  • Mechanical child proof lock on rear doors
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting + activation of safety battery terminal clamp
  • Deformation zones - front and rear with door reinforcements and bumpers up to 2.5 mph
  • Passive protection for pedestrians
  • Front head restraints with anti-whiplash
  • Two tone horn
  • Side impact protection
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

  • Active front seat ventilation
  • Massage function for front seats
  • Front and rear seat heating
  • Driver + front passenger lumbar support
  • Electric front seats with memory function
  • 3 rear headrests
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment with rear outer seats includes top tether
  • Seat back with flap pocket
  • Seat occupancy detection for driver and passenger side
  • M multifunctional driver and front Passenger seats

  • Driver and front passenger door centre lock switch
  • Closing system with central locking
  • Thatcham 1 alarm system with remote control and engine immobiliser
  • Vehicle key
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Comfort access system

  • M Sport differential
  • 8 speed automatic with steptronic transmission including auto hold function, launch control and gearshift paddles on the steering wheel

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Tyre repair kit

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 503
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 300
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 257
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 282
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 307
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 501
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 508
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 294
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 302
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 253
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 258
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 278
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 283
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 308
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 304
  • CO2 (g/km): 296
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders: 8
  • Cylinder Layout: V8
  • Number of Valves: 32
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Engine Code: S63B44T4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 88.3
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 89
  • CC: 4395

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 12.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 21.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 24.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 22.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 20.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 12.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 12.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 21.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 21.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 25.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 24.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 23
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 22.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 21.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 20.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 22.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 13.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 11.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 12.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 13.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 22.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 22.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 12.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 13.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 11.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 11.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 12.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 12.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 13.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 13.6

  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 625
  • Badge Engine CC: 4.4
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 50E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: X5 M Comp [Ult Pk]
  • Coin Description: N
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - KW: 460
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 553
  • Engine Torque - NM: 750
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1800
  • Engine Power - BHP: 625
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 3.8
  • Top Speed: 180
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 76.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 315/30 R22
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 22" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 295/35 R21
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: STYLE 818M

  • Width (including mirrors): 2218
  • Height: 1747
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4938
  • Width: 2015
  • Wheelbase: 2972

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2310
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 3000
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 83
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 650
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 3000
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 690
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1870
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.8

  • M Compound brake in high gloss red: Included
  • M Compound brake in high gloss blue: £0
  • M Compound brake in high gloss black: £0

  • Aluminium crossline interior trim finishers: Included
  • Carbon fibre interior trim finishers: £1,095
  • BMW Individual fine wood trim ash grain silver grey highgloss: £560
  • BMW Individual interior trim finishers piano finish black: £560

  • Bowers & Wilkins diamond surround sound system: Included

  • Solid paint: £0
  • Special Metallic paint: £1,095
  • Metallic paint: Included

  • BMW individual Alcantara headlining: £0
  • Luggage compartment separating net: £170
  • BMW Individual full merino leather upholstery: £0
  • Additional BMW Individual full Merino leather upholstery: £495
  • Full leather Merino/Alcantara upholstery: Included
  • BMW Individual headliner anthracite alcantara: Included

  • Driving Assistant Professional Pack - X5 M: Included
  • Driving Assistant Professional Pack when bought with Donington grey- X5 M: £0
  • Technology plus pack - X5 M: £4,995

  • Metallic - Carbon black: £0
  • Metallic - Toronto Red: £0
  • Metallic - Marina Bay blue: £0
  • Metallic - Donington grey: £0
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £0
  • Metallic - Mineral white: £0

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • Special metallic paint - Dravit grey: £1,095
  • Special metallic paint - Tanzanite blue: £1,095
  • Special metallic paint - Ametrine: £1,095

  • Trailer tow hitch: £995

  • Full leather Merino/Alcantara - Black/contrast stitching midrand beige with black: £0
  • Additional BMW individual full Merino leather - Ivory white/Night blue with black: £495
  • BMW individual full Merino leather - Silverstone/Black: £0
  • BMW individual full Merino leather - Sakhir orange/Black: £0
  • BMW individual full Merino leather - Adelaide grey/Black: £0
  • BMW individual full Merino leather - Taruma brown/Black: £0
  • BMW individual full Merino leather - Black/Black: £0

  • 21" front / 22" rear M light alloy wheels style 818 M bi-colour with mixed tyres: Included
  • 21" front / 22" rear M light alloy wheels style 809 M bi-colour with mixed tyres: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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