One of my favourite four-wheel drive vehicles of all time has to be the BMW X5. It’s a great choice for those who perhaps aren’t keen on the looks of the Range Rover Sport, or perhaps like driving around in German cars.

The BMW X5 is essentially a bigger and taller version of the 5 Series and is bought by people looking to own a car that can drive across all sorts of terrain in relative style and comfort. If you are thinking of buying a BMW X5 yourself, this handy buyers guide will tell you all you need to know so that you end up buying the perfect X5 for you!

What’s the BMW X5 like to drive?

The car is based on a 5 Series saloon but with 7 Series components holding it together and keeping it on the road, so as you can imagine, it’s going to be a very capable and comfortable car to drive on Britain’s roads.

If you are looking to buy a car that can be parked in the tightest of spaces in city centres such as central London, then I am afraid you should consider looking at more suitable cars, such as the Skoda Citigo…

But if you want a car that has plenty of grunt under the bonnet, has reasonable fuel economy for a car of its size and looks pretty stealthy, the BMW X5 is the vehicle for you!

I will be the first to admit that it’s not a car that is designed to get you to 60 mph in the same speed that you would blink your eyes at (get a BMW M5 instead if that’s your goal), but the diesel and petrol engines are pretty capable in their own right and are by no means sluggish; in fact, they have plenty of pulling power, even with a fully-laden load on board.

According to BMW X5 experts Saxton 4×4, when the first E53 shape BMW X5 did a lap around the famous Nurburgring track in Germany, it was only about a couple of seconds or so behind a BMW 328i (E36 shape)!

Do they hold their value well?

BMW cars are some of the least-depreciating vehicles you could ever own, and the BMW X5 is no exception. Of course, there are a few things that will virtually guarantee good values for the X5, and they are as follows:

  • Full BMW service history, with no expense spared on maintenance;

  • Minimal amount of former keepers;

  • Excellent interior and exterior condition.

To be honest, those are the sorts of rules you would apply to all used cars in general, but they are of significant importance on the BMW X5. If you ever see a “cheap” BMW X5 on the road, be prepared to spend thousands of pounds putting things right, as it is likely the current or previous owners did not lavish the care and attention that the car deserves.

Good luck with your BMW X5 shopping exercise, and don’t forget to do the usual used car checks on any BMW X5 you buy so that you don’t end up with a lemon!


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