BMW

BMW X5 DIESEL ESTATE xDrive30d MHT M Sport 5dr Auto [7 Seat] [Tech Pk]

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.3s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2175 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.

Background

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.

Summary

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
  • Front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation and windscreen wiper control

  • Brake fade compensation
  • Electromechanical parking brake with automatic drive away release and auto hold function
  • Brake drying
  • Braking pre-tensioning
  • Integrated brake system
  • Hill start assistant
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
  • 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

  • M specific velour floor mats

  • Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
  • Adaptive 2-axle air suspension
  • Double wishbone front axle

  • Enhanced bluetooth hands free facility with Telephony wireless charging

  • Galvanised plastic keyfob
  • Active guard plus
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS) with Servotronic
  • Front/rear park distance control

  • Automatic tailgate with top hinged section open and manual bottom hinged section

  • Speed limit info display
  • Oil sensor for level and grade
  • 20GB hard disc drive (HDD) memory
  • 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
  • Infinity symbol with line graphic on reset of average consumption
  • BMW ConnectedDrive online services
  • Brake force display
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Lights on warning
  • Service interval indicator
  • BMW Teleservices
  • iDrive touch controller with shortcut buttons
  • Wi-Fi hotspot

  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror

  • Start/stop toggle diamond shaped trim finisher in pearl chrome

  • Safety battery terminal clamp
  • Variable vane geometry
  • 48V Mild hybrid technology
  • Diesel particulate filter

  • Favourite buttons
  • USB connection, USB type A 1.5A in cupholder, USB Type C 3A in centre armrest
  • DAB Tuner enables digital radio reception

  • BMW Individual high gloss black shadow line roof rails
  • BMW Individual high gloss shadow line
  • Exhaust tailpipes - single, left and right with Chrome finisher
  • M aerodynamic body styling
  • Active Air Stream kidney grille with high-gloss chrome
  • Adaptive air flap control bar in high-gloss black
  • Pearlescent chrome front grille bars
  • M designation on left and right front side panels
  • Satin aluminium side window graphic
  • High gloss black Side elements
  • High gloss black outer and central air intakes on front bumper with pearlescent chrome finish
  • X5 on left tailgate
  • xDrive designation on right tailgate
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers

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

  • Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim
  • Multifunction controls for leather steering wheel
  • Foldable rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders and storage compartment
  • 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
  • Securing rings in luggage compartment
  • Front and rear door sill inlays with illuminated BMW M designation
  • Lockable glove compartment
  • Light inside glove compartment
  • Multifunctional hooks
  • Storage tray and compartment with cover in centre console
  • M specific key
  • M specific pedals
  • M specific steering wheel
  • Front and rear cupholders x 2
  • Toolkit located in luggage compartment
  • M leather steering wheel
  • Storage bins on all doors
  • Front and rear door pockets

  • Front reading lights
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Front footwell lights
  • Make-up mirror lights
  • Centre and rear interior light
  • Ambient interior lighting with 6 pre-designed selectable lights including dynamic function

  • Luggage compartment pack in combination with 7 seat and x drive 45e - X5
  • Connected Package Professional - X5
  • Expanded exterior mirror pack - X5/X5 M
  • Non-smokers pack - X5

  • Front head restraints with anti-whiplash
  • Side impact protection
  • Two tone horn
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • 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 and rear seatbelts with seatbelt stopper, seatbelt tensioner for front and outer rear seats and belt force limiter
  • Airbags - driver/front passenger, rear and side, first and second row seats head airbags, front passenger seat airbag deactivation + knee airbag

  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment with rear outer seats includes top tether
  • Seat back with flap pocket
  • Seat occupancy detection for driver and passenger side
  • Rear head restraints
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Third-row seating

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

  • Eight speed steptronic sport automatic transmission and gearshift paddles on the steering wheel

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • CO: 0.141
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.045
  • HC+NOx: 0.063
  • Particles: 0.0005
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 231
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 246
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 167
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 188
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 175
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 179
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 206
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 197
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 175

  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 84
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90
  • CC: 2993
  • Engine Code: B57D30O2

  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 8.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 9.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.5
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 32.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 30.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 35.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 37.7

  • Coin Series: M Sport [7 St] [TP]
  • Coin Description: d xDrive MHT
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Generation Mark: 4
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 89
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 86
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 75
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 75
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 286
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 46E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 66.3
  • Engine Power - KW: 210
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 479
  • Engine Torque - NM: 650
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 286
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.3
  • Top Speed: 146

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

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: STAR SPOKE - STYLE 740M
  • Tyre Size Rear: 305/40 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 275/45 R20

  • Width (including mirrors): 2218
  • Height: 1745
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4922
  • Width: 2004
  • Wheelbase: 2975

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2270
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 3160
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 80
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 550
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 3500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 890
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1770
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.6

  • Acoustic glazing: £495
  • Sun protection glazing: £390

  • M Sport braking system in blue high gloss + blue painted brake calipers with M designation: Included
  • M Sport brake in high gloss red: £0

  • Speed limiting function: Included
  • Parking assistant with ultrasound based assistance system, reversing assistant, lateral parking aid and rear view camera: Included
  • Parking assistance plus with ultrasound based assistance system, reversing assistant, lateral parking aid and surround view system: £650
  • Cruise control with brake function: Included

  • BMW Drive recorder: £0

  • M Carbon mirror caps: £895
  • Body colour mirror housing: Included

  • Sensatec instrument panel: Included
  • Carbon fibre interior trim finishers: £1,095
  • Dark aluminium mesh effect interior trim: £0
  • BMW Individual piano black trim: £560
  • BMW Individual leather finished instrument panel: £1,250
  • Aluminium tetragon interior trim: Included
  • Fineline stripe wood interior trim with brown high gloss finish: £250
  • BMW Individual fine wood trim ash grain silver interior trim: £560

  • Bowers & Wilkins diamond surround sound system: £0
  • TV function plus including reception of digital TV stations: £0
  • Rear seat entertainment system: £0

  • Sky Lounge panoramic glass sunroof: £2,440
  • Solid paint: £0
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Special Metallic paint: £1,095

  • BMW Laserlights: £0
  • Adaptive LED Headlights: Included

  • Ambient air: £0
  • Automatic air conditioning with 2.5 zone control: Included
  • 4 zone control automatic air conditioning: £0

  • BMW Extended individual merino leather upholstery: £995
  • Anthracite headlining: Included
  • Perforated Vernasca leather upholstery: £0
  • CraftedClarity glass application for interior elements: £550
  • Vernasca leather upholstery: Included
  • Roller sunblind for rear side windows: £0
  • Soft close doors: £0
  • Luggage compartment separating net: £170
  • BMW Individual full merino leather upholstery: £3,495
  • Additional extended Individual Merino leather upholstery: £1,495
  • Additional BMW Individual full Merino leather upholstery: £3,995
  • BMW Individual headliner alcantara: £1,100
  • Cupholder temperate: £0
  • BMW Individual headliner anthracite alcantara with headliner, parcel shelf, pillar trims and sun visors: £1,100

  • Front heated comfort pack - X5: £0
  • Technology pack - X5 with Head up display: Included
  • Technology pack - X5 with Bowers and Wilkins diamond surround sound system and Head up display: £3,250
  • Technology plus pack - X5: £2,300
  • Technology plus pack - X5 with Bowers and Wilkins diamond surround sound system: £5,550
  • Visibility pack with BMW Laser light - X5: £1,350
  • Entertainment pack - X5: £2,995
  • Travel and comfort system pack - X5: £195
  • Comfort pack - X5: £2,495
  • Comfort Plus Pack - X5: £4,995
  • Driving Assistant Professional Pack -X5: £0

  • Metallic - Carbon black: £0
  • Metallic - Arctic grey: £0
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £0
  • Metallic - Mineral white: £0
  • Metallic - Phytonic blue: £0

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

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

  • Electric front seat adjustment with driver and front passenger memory function: Included
  • M multifunctional driver and front Passenger seats: £1,095
  • Driver and front passenger seat heating: Included
  • Driver and front passenger sports seats: Included
  • Front comfort seats: £0
  • Massage function for front seats: £0
  • Front seat ventilation: £0
  • Front and rear seat heating: £0

  • Comfort access system with smart opener includes touch free opening and closing of the tailgate: £0

  • Electric folding towbar: £995

  • Vernasca leather - Brown/Black with contrast stitching: £0
  • Perforated vernasca leather - Coffee/Black: £0
  • Perforated vernasca leather - Black/Black: £0
  • Extended individual Merino leather - Coffee/Black: £995
  • Extended individual Merino leather - Black/Black: £995
  • Perforated vernasca leather - Ivory white/black: £0
  • Additional extended individual Merino leather - Ivory white/Night Blue: £1,495
  • BMW individual full Merino leather - Ivory white: £3,495
  • BMW individual full Merino leather - Black: £3,495
  • BMW individual full Merino leather - Coffee: £3,495
  • Additional BMW individual full Merino leather - Ivory white/Night blue: £3,995
  • Extended individual Merino leather - Ivory white/Black: £995

  • 20" Star spoke M light alloy wheel - style 740M Bicolour with mixed tyre and runflat tyre: Included
  • 21" Y spoke light alloy with mixed tyre in bicolour finish -style 741 M with runflat: £1,350
  • 22" individual V Spoke light alloy wheels - style 746 with mixed tyres: £2,250
  • 22" M Double spoke light alloy with mixed tyre in bicolour finish - style 742 M: £1,995

  • Tyre repair kit: £0

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