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BMW X5 4x4 2007‑2013

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BMW X5 4x4

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charlie57

dont buy

BMW X5 3.0d SE 5dr Auto (Review date: 10th June '13)

2.5

had the misfortune to own one, until recently. got rid of cost me thousands. at first thought it was quite good .having owned a few merc s. and wanted a change. bad idea. bought an approve used from bmw dealer in hamilton (bad idea again) the only good thing that most of the faults were covered under warranty. it was like every 2-3weeks something would pop-up on the screen. park distance control twice. hand brake system battery could go on and on each time they the dealer had car for 2days at a time the battery whent the had it for 3days before finally putting a new one in. complained to bmw uk as well as the dealer got no were. car had been in dealership 14-16 days out of an 8month period that i owned it in getting rid of it .when i offerd it back to dealer-ship they ie the manager said that the x5 was losing a grand a month(eh) . forgot to add i had the car inspected private the front links& back lights had failed to. some driving machine eh. please read this dont buy one.. have now got a great car british a jaguar xk love it. wish i had gone to jaguar years ago

Practicality

2 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

3 / 5
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bigal55

It still impresses me!

BMW X5 3.0d SE 5dr Auto (Review date: 25th May '13)

4.8

I owned a previous model X5 and it was a good car but cannot be compared to this, this is a GREAT car. It never fails to impress me and having had some lovely cars in the past (Porsche Boxster & 911, BMW 535, Mercedes, Lexus etc) I have to say this is the best all round. Yes of course it's different to a Porsche but you can have just as much fun. It is quick, really quick for a 3.0d thanks to the twin turbo's. It handles extremely well and you can really push it and drive it hard when you want to. It's such a pleasure to drive and just eats up the miles with so much ease. I cannot stress how relaxing this car is to drive, Driving nowadays is not the pleasure it used to be for various reasons but my X5 brought the pleasure back. I actually look forward to driving again now every time I climb into it, especially for a long journey. I bought it just over 2 years ago as a stop gap and I still have it and I will only replace it with another one. It is a superbly accomplished vehicle all round and it will put a smile on your face!!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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discoverycars

bmw 4.8 2007 aro kit m sport spec

BMW X5 4.8i SE 5dr Auto (Review date: 9th April '13)

4.8

Always wanted one of these cars and it had to be a V POWER PETROL, The power is awesome and it goes like stink. I do not see the point of getting the diesel as there appears to be little difference in economy and you don't buy a BIG CAR for fuel economy. I don't do many miles but enjoy every one of the 23.7mpg I get from the car! I love the driving position and for me the car is one of the iconic status symbols. Only had it for 3 months but so far it has been 100% reliable. Hopefully it will continue in this vein. If you are getting one go for the one with the kit put a smile on your face and experience everything life has to offer! thanks to a guy from bradford he is called discovery cars nice guy

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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pjprockstar

Quicker than a supercharge Range Rover Sport

BMW X5 4.8i M Sport 5dr Auto (Review date: 2nd February '12)

4.8

I chopped my RRS supercharge in for the 4.8i M Sport and I have say I absolutely love it!! The technology on offer is amazing, BMW Assist is a very clever bit of kit. For those of you that don't know, with a flick of the iDrive you contact BMW central, speak to a real person (via the on board SIM card) and ask them to find a business or personal address, which they then send to the car, and then the Sat Nav takes you to your destination, simples!!

As others have said it does drive like a saloon. I did think the sport drove well, not as floaty as the big Rangie, it cornered pretty flat, but the BMW certainly takes it to another level. It is a harder ride on 20" rims and the M Sport suspension, but you do get used to it. The engine is sweet and acceleration is smooth. Despite being a bigger engine than my Supercharged sport (4.2) the 4.8 is more economical (certainly on a run) and quicker from standing start. It is not a cheap car to run, but if you're looking at the petrol model than you know this already, but if you can afford it, you'll love the performance and the quietness of the petrol engine.

Although its smaller than the sport it still manages to cope with family and the madness you have to cart around with two small kids. The build quality, fit and finish is certainly better than the sport, every time I close the door, I get reminded of this.

The only downside, is when I got the sport everyone said they loved it, and/or had a friend that wanted one, but since getting the X5 I definitely had less favourable comments. As I bought it in white, I got the usual "white goods" jokes and "oh you bought an ambulance" vibe. Best one though was, "Did you buy it from the UN?". Made me smile...

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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mr_t.

Very Disappointed

BMW X5 3.0d M Sport 5dr Auto (Review date: 29th January '12)

2.5

This is the worst car I have ever owned. I had great expectations from my New X5 3.0D with M Sport Body Kit, yes it looked great and I even saw it being built in the Factory in SC USA. However I soon regretted my decision to purchase. I have owned several 4x4 including Range Rovers & Land Cruisers but this has to be the most impracticable of them all.

My biggest gripe is it's very hard to live with on a day to day basis, I ordered the cream leather interior, the carpets and loor mas came in the same colour; impossible to keep clean with our climate.

Secondly interior storage space does not exist. The glove box is minuscule and is barely big enough for the owners manual.The only other option is the central armrest console with its weird split opening, looks cool but a nightmare to open when you are on the move. And there is no where to store your sunglasses, just about every car today has a little cubby hole above the rear view mirror.

Thirdly, rear leg room is limited with the front seats fully back. I am over 6ft and with the seat all the way back rear passengers really suffer. And the front seat doesn't go back far enough for tall drivers. This is further compounded if you try to fit a child seat in the rear.

The suspension is excellent for tearing around corners but on several long drives to the South of France it is very tiring, it picks up every bump and stone on the road.

Finally the boot space is just enough for 2 suitcases, there is additional storage space under the main boot with a lock described to store valuables. This is rather pointless as the lid is made from flimsy aluminium and the lock mechanism can be opened easily with a flat headed screwdriver, so you wouldn't want to be storing your valuables here.

As for reliability, the air conditioning packed up on two separate occasions and the windscreen had to be replaced because the glass became scratched when taken through a car wash.

So yes this is a big car but only on the outside, it looks great but living with it is a nightmare. After 9 months I had enough and sold it and am very happy again with the trusted Range Rover.

Practicality

1 / 5

Reliability

3 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

2 / 5
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richard63

X5 - As good as it looks!

BMW X5 3.0sd SE 5dr Auto (Review date: 21st January '12)

4.3

The twin turbo engine is fantastic, although it is not as smooth and quiet as some 6 cylinder diesels. Acceleration is surprising, especially for drivers of "hot hatches". However the fuel comsuption is poorer than the manufacturers figures with my X5 averaging 29.1 mpg, according to the computer, over the last 13,500 miles of mixed driving.

When I bought the X5 I understood the shortfalls compared to other 4X4's, i.e. not as good off road as the Discovery, smaller boot than the Q7. What I did not expect was the weak torque converter in the auto box or the really poor throttle map in normal drive mode. Firstly the torque converter seems to "slip" more than necessary, i.e. the engine revs more than you would expect for any given road speed when accelerating. As for the throttle map, well it is difficult to explain, but in Sport mode the responce is a linear increase in acceleration relative to the pressure applied, however it is anything but in normal drive.

Overall though I am very pleased with the car. Driving it is a pleasure and the seating position is very comfortable with long journeys being dispatched without any discomfort at all. Lastly the gadgets and gizmos are all welcome and I personally have found the i-Drive reasonably straight forward to use.

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

4 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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joex5

BMW X5 2007 NEW SHAPE A COMPLETE CAR/4X4 NO1!

BMW X5 xDrive30d SE 5dr Auto [Dynamic] [7 Seat] (Review date: 17th January '12)

4.8

Best car and 4x4 i have ever owned! Drives like a car, the model i have has the ADAPTIVE drive i don't think i would would buy one without it. I got a model with a good spec as this was important for me and helps when trying to sell also. 7 seats are fab would not buy a 4x4 with 5 seats don't see the point, especially with the size of the vehicle. Would definitely buy another one! best 4x4 i think, i have had others also , nothing compares as a complete car/4x4. I drive it everyday for short and long journeys and handles it all. Would say it is a bit juicy on fuel, but compared to other 4x4s its not that bad, then again if your looking for economy you don't buy a 4x4. Solidly built, a real ultimate driving machine!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

4 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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suC

BMW X5 3.0sd SE

BMW X5 3.0sd SE 5dr Auto (Review date: 23rd November '11)

5

This is the fourth X5 I have owned and cannot find a comparable 4x4 with the same speed, handling and comfort.

The twin turbo diesel is much more powerful than the single turbo so if you can afford the extra it is well worth the money.

It is fantastic in the snow and ice.

The seven seat model is very comfortable in the 3rd row seating and a clever design. I had a five seater which was much harder to sell as everyone wanted the 7 seats. This car will impress the most discerning driver..... try one and you'll probably buy one!!

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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stevenR

2008 X5 3.0sd M Sport Auto

BMW X5 3.0sd M Sport 5dr Auto (Review date: 24th October '11)

3

Probably one of the best large 4x4 vehicles on the road, if you are lucky enough to get one that doesn't leak.

Not the quietest of vehicles when driven hard, but certainly very quick and holds the road well, although with the run flat tyres fitted to mine, the ride is harsh at times, plenty of road noise when compared with the Range Rover Sport 3.6TD V8, which my colleague has.

Plenty of room inside, plenty of electronic gadgets which seem to work well, although Sthe ATNAV is a tad over complicated.

Parking can be awkward too, due to large width, we tend to be over protective in small carparks and monopolise more than one space to prevent damage to our doors from others "dinging" it.

Driving position excellent due to increased vision afforded by height of the vehicle, great for my small wife.

Overall a good car to have, but personally I am very dissapointed due to ongoing issues with water ingress in the passenger footwell area of this dealer warrantied vehicle - is it just me ?

Practicality

4 / 5

Reliability

1 / 5

Running cost

3 / 5

How it drives

4 / 5
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adamS

BMW X5 3.0D M-Sport

BMW X5 xDrive30d M Sport 5dr Auto (Review date: 7th September '11)

5

This car is quite simply the best large 4x4 on the market today. Handling, level of equipment, cost to run easily surpass Range Rover, Mercedes and Audi. If you want the best car in this class buy the X5.

Practicality

5 / 5

Reliability

5 / 5

Running cost

5 / 5

How it drives

5 / 5
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