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BMW X5

(2018 - present)

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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 81% as of April 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 £57,640 on-road

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

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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

Independent emissions and efficiency ratings from Green NCAP

The BMW X5 has not yet been lab tested by Green NCAP. Check back soon.

Awards

Trophies, prizes and awards that the BMW X5 has received

2021

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

2020

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

2019

  • Company Car Today CCT100 Awards – Best Large SUV

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