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BMW X5 verdict

2018 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 54.4

Written by Alan Taylor-Jones Published: 11 January 2024 Updated: 11 January 2024

Should you buy one?

Yes, as it’s still the most complete large SUV on the market. Some might be more comfortable or offer more room, but as an overall package for families as well as the keen driver, this is the one to have compared with all of its rivals.

Inside, it feels a more special place than an equivalent Mercedes-Benz GLE thanks plenty of pleasant materials and solid build, while the space on offer is impressive and more than enough for a family. On the road, it’s everything you’d expect from a big BMW.

Whether or not a large estate would suit your lifestyle better is up to you, but the downsides to picking an SUV like the BMW X5 have lessened with each generation. If you do prefer the sound of an estate, read our BMW 5 Series Touring review, or if you’d prefer something bigger, read about the BMW X7 SUV

What we like

It really is good to drive and unlike earlier X5s, is surprisingly capable off-road. For the most part, though, it plays the part of luxurious, comfortable and effortless SUV very well indeed. And the plug-in hybrid is truly excellent.

What we don’t like

Going for one with the intent of using it as a seven-seater might not be worth it – it’ll be a bit of a squeeze and the boot is small with them in place. And as with any premium SUV, the X5 is not cheap.