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Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Reliable fuel consumption data for comparison purposes is not available for this model.

Fuel economy

A more stringent standard for fuel economy (WLTP) was introduced from September 2017, and this model was not required to undergo that test. Its fuel economy measured under the previous test system was 25 - 53 mpg. However these figures are less likely to be achievable in real world driving and so should never be compared to another car's mpg which was measured under the newer, more realistic WLTP system.
  • Plug-in hybrid xDrive40e cheaper for cities
  • Entry-level diesel most efficient elsewhere
  • X5 M running costs are unsurprisingly high

A large SUV such as the BMW X5 is never going to have low running costs – although the official figures for the xDrive40e plug-in hybrid in SE trim would lead you to think otherwise.

BMW quotes an average of 85.6mpg, but you’d have to drive predominantly in a city to maximise the EV mode to get close to that. Spend the majority of the time on motorways and you’ll be doing well to realise half that figure.

Of the more conventional options, the rear-wheel drive sDrive25d makes the most sense, particularly in SE spec with a claimed average of 53.3mpg – a ‘real-world’ mid-40s figure is more likely.

The one to avoid? With a quoted figure of 25.4mpg, you might need a private oil refinery to keep the X5 M brimmed with super unleaded petrol.

None will offer particularly cheap insurance, though the top-performing xDrive50i or M50d models will attract the highest premium, plus consumables such as tyres will be on the pricey side.

  • Emissions of just 77g/km of CO2 for the plug-in hybrid
  • Diesels as low as 139g/km of CO2 if you choose wisely
  • Most polluting of the range is the X5 M at 258g/km

Lowest emissions for the BMW X5 range come courtesy of the plug-in hybrid xDrive40e in SE guise, rated at just 77g/km of CO2.

If you need to run a diesel for motorway drive, try and stick to the sDrive25d, again in SE trim, with its 139g/km CO2 rating.

Most polluting in the range? No surprises for guessing it’s the X5 M, pumping out 258g/km of CO2.

  • Dismal recall recording according to DVSA
  • Mechanical components used across the range
  • Interior feels luxurious but robust enough for children?

A quick look at the DVSA website shows a surprisingly high number of recalls for the BMW X5, raising doubts about its reliability.

There are 18 recalls listed, although many of them are for the same thing on a number of different chassis numbers. Most centre around faulty child locks and seatbelt issues, but all should have been remedied by now. Contact a BMW dealer to check if you’re unsure when looking at a used X5.

At least the engines are shared throughout the rest of the BMW range, while the interior is well made and seems hardy enough – though the more expensive leather lined options may not be as resistant to children as the plastics found in cheaper rivals.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £0 - £580
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Insurance group 37 - 50
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