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BMW X5 (2014 to 2018)

Expert Rating

Used car score:

52
%
E

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

64
%
D

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

-

Reliability Rating:

19
%
E

Running Costs:

47
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

Used car score:

52
%
E

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

64
%
D

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

-

Reliability Rating:

19
%
E

Running Costs:

47
%
D

Summary


The third-generation BMW X5 was a large SUV that arrived in the UK in early 2014 and was updated in 2016, before being replaced by the current iteration of the X5 in 2018.

Late in its lifespan, Carbuyer said it was the motoring equivalent of Sean Connery – “getting on a bit, but still impressively handsome”.

In truth, the motoring media remained divided over the X5’s exterior looks while it was on sale, though journalists did generally agree that the X5’s upmarket cabin makeover and its range of refined engine choices were definite improvements over the model it replaced.

“It’s still a sharp drive”, Car explained, “but it couples more maturity and refinement with a much more premium-feeling cabin.” What Car? called the X5 as a “formidable machine”, describing its driving dynamics as “saloon-like”, as the X5 handles more like a raised BMW 5 Series saloon than your typical bulky SUV.

Available initially as a petrol or diesel SUV, a plug-in hybrid model joined the range for the first time in 2015, which Motoring Research called “technically brilliant”, due to how smooth the hybrid system was on the road. That said, Driving Electric pointed out that the plug-in hybrid’s all-electric range is nothing special by current standards.

The most widespread criticism of the third-generation BMW X5 refers to its steep price tag, even as a used model, thanks to the car’s strong residual values. And while the X5’s price has remained high, its upmarket rivals have only been improving.

As Carbuyer concluded, “the Audi Q7 is slightly nicer inside, the Porsche Cayenne is better to drive, while the Mercedes-Benz GLE is arguably smoother and more relaxing.”

As of April 2024, the third-generation BMW X5 holds a Used Car Expert Rating of E, woith a score of just 52%. It gets poor grades in all of the data we currently have, consisting of media reviews, running costs and (especially) reliability.

X5 highlights

  • Upmarket interior trim
  • Well-equipped
  • Spacious cabin and boot
  • Range includes plug-in hybrid model
  • Strong residual values

X5 lowlights

  • Expensive price tag
  • So-so fuel economy
  • Polarising exterior styling
  • Rougher ride with sports suspension

Key specifications


Body style: Large SUV
Engines:
petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price when new:
From £47,895 on-road

Launched: Winter 2013/14
Last updated: Spring 2015
Replaced: Autumn 2018


Media reviews


Reviews, road tests and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Autocar

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Car

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Car Keys

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Daily Mirror

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Driving Electric

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Eurekar

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Evo

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Fleetworld

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Green Car Guide

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Heycar

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Honest John

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Motoring Research

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Motors.co.uk

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Parkers

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

The third-generation BMW X5 was not crash tested by Euro NCAP during its production life.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The third-generation BMW X5 pre-dated the Green NCAP environmental assessment programme and so was not tested during its production life.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The BMW X5 has a very poor reliability rating of just 25%, according to exclusive extended warranty data provided by our partner MotorEasy. This score covers both the third-generation X5, as well as its predecessor (2007 – 2013) and the current iteration of the X5.

In addition to its poor rating, the average repair cost to date has been high at almost £1,000. That’s obviously considerably more than the cost of a used car warranty, which is worth bearing in mind if you own a BMW X5 or are planning to buy one.

Given the below-average reliability score and potentially expensive bills, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase for an BMW X5 covers all of these potential problem areas.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the BMW X5 has received

2016

  • Business Car Awards – Best Large 4×4

2015

  • Business Car Awards – Best Large 4×4

2013

  • Golden Steering Wheel Awards – Best SUV

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No longer on sale, the third-generation BMW X5 is as luxurious as it is imposing on the road, but its not all that cheap to buy outright.BMW X5 (2014 to 2018)