Overview of the Bmw X5
BMW's reputation for building engaging driver's cars meant it probably shouldn't have been a surprise when it set the standard for SUV handling with its first effort, the 2000 X5.
Over two successive generations, it has grown in size, added a third-row option (since 2007), and introduced a rear-wheel-drive variant (since 2013).
One of BMW's biggest-selling models, the X5 range covers a broad spectrum of engines including an eco-focused hybrid and performance-biased M model.
BMW X5 GENERATIONS (SINCE 2000)
Fuel Consumption (current model)
Hybrid: 3.4 litres per 100km
2.0L 4-cylinder turbo diesel: 5.5 to 6.0 litres per 100km
3.0L 6-cylinder turbo diesel: 6.2 to 6.3 litres per 100km
3.0L 6-cylinder tri-turbo diesel: 6.7 litres per 100km
3.0L 6-cylinder turbo: 5.5 litres per 100km
4.4L V8: 10.5 litres per 100km
4.4L V8 twin-turbo: 11.1 litres per 100km
= Highly economical.
= Good economy.
= Average fuel use.
= Heavy consumption.
SIMILAR MODELS TO BMW X5
WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: BMW X5 (2013 ONWARDS)
Like any quasi off-roader, the X5 needs a close check to make sure it hasn't been driven in inappropriate terrain.
Luckily, most of them were used as family cars, and that's the one you want to buy provided the interior hasn't been trashed by kids, dogs and mountain bikes.
Mechanically, the big thing to watch out for is an engine that has experienced patchy maintenance.
The VANOS variable valve-timing arrangement in the engine is one of the things that gives the X5 its performance, though skipped oil changes can lead to dirty oil that will clog the delicate little oilways that operate the system.
If the VANOS hardware quits, it's big dollars to fix.
Check for oil leaks anywhere around the VANOS actuators (at the front of the engine) for signs of oil weeping, which can be (but isn't always) the first sign of trouble.