The BMW X5 is now in the last years of its lifecycle and, just like in the case a woman that’s not in her 20s anymore, this comes with both assets and drawbacks.
The vehicle has evolved, it’s gotten more refined and it knows how to cater for multiple of your needs. It capable out on the open road, handles with a lot of confidence and brakes the same way and, even in a diesel configuration it manages to offer you a few positive emotions when you abuse the pedal on the right.
The car turns into a docile creature when we’re talking about the cabin, which is extremely spacious (it can also seat 7 persons in an optional configuration, but this only covers a limited segment of the customers). The same goes for city driving, but only if you choose an oil-burning powerplant. The whole range uses BMW’s Efficienct Dynamics technology, but only the diesels manage to keep you from thinking about the nasty moments when the pump is washing your money away.
However, old bad habits die hard, so the X5 is still far behind its competition when you place something else than tarmac under its wheels. But many people don’t do that, so let’s get to the real disadvantage of this SAV. You simply can’t trick time - you can feel that the X5 is no longer a fresh product, when, for example, you compare it with all-new models from BMW’s range and see that it doesn’t quite get the same level of tech goodies.
How much does she ask for being yours? Our test car had a price of EUR94.335 (USD116.867), out of which the optional extras weighed in at EUR30,551(USD37,848). Speaking of optional extras, we're advising you to go for the most comprehensive one on the X5's list, the M Sport package, but keep the latter's 19-inch wheels, as the optional 20-inch rollers will affect the ride.
The battle in the SUV class is fiercer than ever and the X5 takes second place on the podium, which it shares with the Mercedes ML
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