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BMW X5

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Summary


The BMW X5 is a large SUV model that sits between the smaller X3 and the larger X7 in the BMW SUV family. The current model went on sale in 2018 and is the third generation of BMW X5.

The X5 currently holds an Expert Rating of 77% as of August 2021, which makes it one of the highest-rated large SUVs on sale. It is available with petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid powertrains, as well as higher-performance M Performance models. There is also a range-topping X5 M Competition model, which is not covered in this rating.

The BMW X5 has received particular praise for strong on-road performance and low running costs. The plug-in hybrid powertrain is also considered to be one of the better implementations of this technology. However, the X5 has been criticised for a lack of off-roading ability and fussy, divise styling.

Key specifications


Body style: Large SUV
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: from £60,010 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2018
Last updated: Spring 2020
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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

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Evo

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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: December 2018

89%

ADULT OCCUPANT

86%

CHILD OCCUPANT

75%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

75%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


No eco rating

The BMW X5 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and inevitably the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the BMW X5 has received

2021

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Large Premium SUV
  • Business Motoring Awards – Best Large SUV
  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Premium Large SUV
  • What Car? Awards – Best Plug-In Hybrid Interior
  • What Car? EV Awards – Best Hybrid Luxury SUV

2020

  • Auto Express Awards – Best Large Premium SUV
  • Carbuyer Awards – Best Large Plug-in Hybrid
  • What Car? Electric Car Awards – Best Plug-in Hybrid Luxury SUV

2019

  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Large SUV

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