BMW X5

BMW X5

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How much does the BMW X5 cost to run?

The 2.0L diesel is the most economical BMW X5 to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The BMW X5 2.0L diesel costs £145.00 a year to tax, as it sits in tax band E.

It does just over 53 MPG on average, which means it will cost £11.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Jaguar F Pace 2.0L diesel and the more thirsty Range Rover Velar 2.0L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 37, which is lower than the Land Rover Discovery 2.0L diesel, but higher than the Jaguar F Pace 2.0L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Hyundai Santa Fe has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model2.0L diesel3.0L diesel
mpg47.9 - 53.332.5 - 47
emissions139 - 156158 - 231
tax£145.00 - £200.00£200.00 - £555.00
insuranceGroup 37 - 42Group 40 - 50

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

BMW X5: How big is the boot?

The BMW X5 SUV has a bigger boot than the estate (it can hold 612 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This allows the SUV to take one pushchair and 4 large bags or 5 large bags. While the estate takes just 5 large bags.

Worth knowing, the Land Rover Discovery SUV is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 6 large bags with its 889 litres.

Is the BMW X5 easy to park?

The BMW X5 is very middle of the road - it fills 81% of a space. There are lots of wider cars, but just as many that are narrower and feel easier to park. For example, the Mitsubishi Shogun.

This car is actually 73mm longer than the average street space, so parallel parking will never be easy.

Which BMW X5 has the best performance?

The fastest BMW X5 from 0-60, is the 3.0L diesel (if you’re a petrol head, it has 760 lbs/ft torque and 400 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 5.2 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Audi Q7 5.9L diesel, which is slower by 0.3 seconds.

Engine options

model2.0L diesel3.0L diesel
zeroTo627.7 - 8.25.2 - 8.3
torque450 - 500520 - 760
bhp218 - 231235 - 400

What size caravan or trailer, can the BMW X5 tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the BMW X5 3.0L diesel which has 740 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 3500kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.