It's easy to dismiss the seven-seat BMW X5 as a typical ‘gas guzzler’ - it's a big, heavy 4x4, with quite limited off-road ability that's bought largely for use in town and on the motorway. However, that's an unfair criticism because, as big cars go, the BMW X5 is very fuel efficient. As a company, BMW has worked hard to reduce the emissions of its engines, and the BMW X5 is no exception. It's available with both petrol and diesel engines, and the latter is the most efficient; it does a claimed 45.6mpg. That, added to brilliant on-road performance, good comfort and people-carrier practicality, make BMW's large 4x4 hard to fault.


£44,280 - £90,180
5 Doors
4 / 5
  • Very roomy
  • Efficient engines
  • Plenty of equipment
  • Looks dull
  • Could be quieter
  • Options very expensive

The BMW X5 is a large family SUV with the option of seven seats, as well as a huge boot and a practical split tailgate. The ride is more comfortable than ever, and the interior is higher quality than the previous model's, too.