The BMW X5

The first generation BMW X5 E53 2004 was the first vehicle that was branded as an upmarket ‘soft-roader’, in normal working man’s terms it’s a “Off Roader” that’s not that great off road, with all the trimmings of an executive car wrapped up in a rugged-looking package. Primarily designed to be driven on-road it paved the way for its competitors to copy the design and style and by the time the second-generation X5 E70 model arrived in 2007 it was up against some stiff opposition, Audi’s Q7 and Mercedes ML the biggest competitors.

Just about the only criticism of the original X5 was that the car lacked space inside, this was addressed for its replacement which even gained the option of having seven seats, although the rearmost were strictly for children. Overall, an Audi Q7 has slightly more luggage capacity, but in terms of passenger accommodation there’s not much difference between the two cars.

Despite being a 4x4, the X5 has all the traditional attributes you associate with BMW – strong engines, good performance and excellent handling. You might not think it but an X5 really can be hustled along like a sports car, it drives so well you forget how big the vehicle actually is.

The trade-off though is a hard ride, especially with the optional larger wheels on run flat tyres, but it’s smooth enough on the motorway, without too much wind or road noise

Second hand price Ranges

The diesel BMW X5 3.0d was the most popular model by quite some margin, and if high mileages hold no fear then £6500 will buy you one with over 150,000 miles, increasing to £10,000 if you want a sub-100,000-mile car. These figures are for the SE trim – you’ll need to increase your budget by £2000 to get an M Sport. Meanwhile, prices for a facelifted 2010 3.0d with 50,000 miles on the clock range from £18,000 to £22,000.

How much does it cost to run a used BMW X5

As with any large 4x4, running costs can be high, but opting for a face-lifted model (2010-on) will bring lower emissions and improved economy, an X5 will obviously cost more to run than an equivalent BMW 5 Series but it shouldn’t be too much more expensive. Road tax costs £305 a year for pre-facelift diesels and £280 for the facelifted cars, Pre-facelift 4.8s fall into the highest tax bracket at £535, as does the X5 M.

Sadly, it’s not just road tax that’s expensive. Fuel economy suffers as a result of the permanent four-wheel drive, poor aerodynamics and sheer weight of the X5. Don’t expect more than 29mpg out of a diesel X5, while a V8 petrol will struggle to better 20mpg.

Thanks to BMW’s new condition based servicing menu, servicing prices can be all over the place and complicated but it’s not as expensive as you might expect. An oil service for a diesel costs from £160, whereas for a petrol X5 it’s £180. The biggest services come around every 60,000 miles or so, for which you can expect to pay in the region of £700. The main repairs we are seeing on these are front Brakes from £200, Rear brakes from £190 and Front Track control arms ranging between £150-£300 Also bear in mind that a set of good quality run-flat tyres for an X5 with 19-inch alloy wheels will cost £1000.

We have one for sale

Here at Richard Lawson Autoecosse we have a stunning 2011 3litre diesel X5 for sale for the fantastic price of £22,000. This fantastic example of the iconic BMW X5 series has been meticulously prepared and looked after by our fantastic service team and cleaned to an impeccable standard. For more information on this vehicle please visit:

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