Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • Vast dimensions mean vast interior
  • Huge boot with split tailgate
  • Seven-seat option available

There’s no escaping just how big the X5 is. It looks it when you’re standing next to it, and it feels it when you’re perched on its luxurious leather seats. And while some might find this intimidating on small streets or in pokey car parks, the good news is this translates into generous interior space for passengers - all three rows can seat six-foot adults in comfort.

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Up front, you’d do well to struggle to get comfortable, with a wide range of adjustment in the seats and the tall body offering up plenty of headroom. It’s wide too, so there’s space to stretch out in.

In the back, there’s also a lot of space, with enough room to fit three adults across the rear bench. The floor is almost flat as well, so you won’t be competing for foot space in the footwells. The back end of the armrest does stick out a little, so the middle seat is best for slightly smaller passengers.

Taller passengers may still find their knees brushing against the seats in front if they’re set all the way back. The rear bench is lower than you might expect as well, so while there is a generous amount of space, there isn’t quite the same sense of space as in an XC90, for example.

Even with a large panoramic sunroof fitted, the X5 offers a good amount of headroom, plus the high ride height and large windows help with a sense of airiness, as well as visibility.

There’s also a good amount of extra storage areas around the cabin, with large door bins, a big glovebox, two cupholders in the front and a large central cubbyhole beneath the armrest.

How big is the boot?

The benefits of a big car continue to show themselves at the back – the X5 offers 650 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place. Accessed via an electric tailgate that splits – something of an X5 (and Range Rover) hallmark – you have a choice of opening it fully or just the top section without the lower bit coming down. The flop-down flap is handy for perching on when changing wellington boots or eating a picnic.

Drop the rear seats – done by levers in the boot – and the total boot space expands to 1,870 litres, with the rear seats splitting in a 60:40 fashion, but a through-loading option is available where the centre seat/armrest tumbles forwards to load through items such as skis.

There’s a useful area under the boot floor to hide away extra items, with a hydraulic strut holding it up rather than having to do it yourself. The load cover can also be stored here. Just remember that the underfloor space (and third row of seats) disappear if you pick the 45e plug-in hybrid, as its battery pack takes their place.

How safe is the X5?

  • Five-star Euro NCAP rating
  • Long list of standard safety kit
  • Plus more available at extra cost

The X5 has arrived with a five-star crash safety rating from Euro NCAP, so you can feel reassured it’ll keep you safe in the unfortunate event of an accident.

As standard, the X5 comes with a long list of safety kit, including airbags for the front occupants, a knee airbag in the front, curtain airbags to protect the heads of those in the second row, as well as an attentiveness assistant to monitor the driver, several stability control systems and full LED lighting front and rear.

Unsurprisingly you can boost the kit count from the options list, adding various driver assistance and safety features as part of the Driving Assistant Professional pack:

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW X5 4x4.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • CD Multichanger
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • Sports seats
  • TV

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Sports seats
  • TV
Standard Trim optional equipment
None available

M Competition equipment

M Competition standard equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • DVD
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support
  • TV
M Competition optional equipment
  • Cruise control

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Sports seats
M Sport optional equipment
  • DVD
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • TV

M50i equipment

M50i standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Sports seats
  • TV
M50i optional equipment
None available

xLine equipment

xLine standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • DVD
  • Sports seats
xLine optional equipment
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • TV

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The BMW X5 4x4 was tested by Euro NCAP in 2018 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2018
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 89%
Child Occupant: 86%
Vulnerable Road Users: 75%
Safety Assist: 75%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.