BMW X5 SUV (2014-2018): owner reviews

"The BMW X5 is an SUV that offers real driver involvement – but a host of rivals now match it in this respect"

Carbuyer Rating

3.8 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.5 out of 5

73%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 3reviews
  • 10reviews
  • 1reviews

Common Problems

  • Other (1 cases)
  • Electrics (2 cases)
  • Brakes (1 cases)
  • Brakes, Electrics, Engine, Suspension, Other (1 cases)
  • Gearbox / clutch (1 cases)

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

M50D

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Review
Brilliant car. This is the 3rd X5 I've owned moving from 30D to 40D to this. It's been utterly reliable but the tyres can be an issue. I'm now on my third set and now have a 4 wheel tracking session during the first tyre change and since then the tyre wear has been far more acceptable and the transformation is remarkable. I recommend you ditch the standard run flats for better ride & handling.
Reliability

5 out of 5

No issues
Performance

5 out of 5

Brutal!
Running Cost

5 out of 5

As expected: fuel, tyres, oil

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

5dr

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Review
I use the car mainly for long journeys to France. It's very comfy on the motorway and powerful when required. The suspension feel quite hard on country roads, though.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

24
Review
Very poor electrical reliability. Rear Air suspension failure
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Very high service costs and poor MPG

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

3.0d

Year of registration

2016

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

33
Review
Excellent quality and engineering. I've only taken mine from 12 to 18k miles so far, but it's never missed a beat so far. I would buy again but i shall replace 18-inch fun flats with standard XL tyres to improve the ride, although it's acceptable I would prefer softer. I have already purchased a spare wheel from BMW. This is an exceptional car in my opinion. I am now a BMW X5 fan and with stay with the brand. It's very safe, secure and there's a refined feel to it. Highly recommended

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

3.0 D SE

Year of registration

2016

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

36
Review
A great car to drive, with ample power when required. Will do 40+mpg on a long run. A car that I always look forward to driving.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Very good
Performance

5 out of 5

Excellent
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Good for size of vehicle

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

5.0D

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

44
Review
It's refined and practical, a good quality interior and comfortable. The rear seats are more comfortable than a comparative Range Rover Sport. Oodles of power, very competent handling. I particularly like the optional extras fitted i.e. the head-up display, adaptive suspension and panoramic roof.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

24
Review
Electrical issues. Warning lights indicating a problem, that isn't there. Blown air suspension
Running Cost

2 out of 5

MPG awful. Franchise dealer service costs very high.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

25d sport

Year of registration

2014

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

38
Review
Brilliant. Very comfortable and economical, very impressed with the 2.0 diesel setup. You would never know that your in a two tonne 4x4 with a small engine. The sport function works and the car has a split personality.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

M50d

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Review
An excellent improvement on the model it replaces despite having basically the same chassis. I chose this over a Cayenne for its looks, and a RR Sport for its comfort. I'm 6'6'' and quite large round the middle, horses for courses and all that, this ticked the boxes for me. This model wasn't cheap by any means with a few extras, but the mixture of performance and real life fuel economy is astonishing! 30mpg all day long with lead boots and 36mpg is 'realistic.' (I've seen 40mpg once.) Our 3rd X5 in the family and hopefully the reliability will continue. Hopefully the turbo issues will be sorted now as I hate to think how much 3 of them are in one go! Great car.
Reliability

5 out of 5

So far so good. Still got the 1st gen one bought 10 years ago and second gen, still going strong.
Performance

5 out of 5

Astonishing triple turbo straight 6 is awesome! Handling and brakes to match.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Great fuel economy, low tax band. (Tyres not cheap though.) For a high end 4x4 it's good. (Compared to the Land Rovers I've had).

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

18

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

29
Review
No problems that have stopped the car
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Tyres expensive, servicing reasonable

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

33
Review
No reliability problems in three years
Running Cost

3 out of 5

very expensive for spares, servicing etc

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

40d

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Brilliant car - best combination of luxury, sporty drive and fuel efficiency in its class.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

26

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Automatic

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

33.5
Review
Minor problems only - parking sensors particularly, but dealers appear unable/unwilling to resolve
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Remarkably low for a large, powerful SUV

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

3 litre sport

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

36.8
Review
This is my second of the same model. I average 35 k a year and this one at 3 years will be going back at 120,000 miles. It’s never blinked. Oil tyres and service costs. Thats it. The ride is a bit harsh because of the big run-flat tyres and I’m sure if it was in less use the fuel economy would drop like a stone, but I live in mine and it’s never once let me down and neither did the last one. The only fault was a seat bolster cushion in my seat. It had a slight crack after me dragging myself in and out and Stratstone changed it under warranty without a question. If you need a reliable animal. This is it .
Reliability

5 out of 5

No issues
Performance

5 out of 5

Excellent
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Typical BMW. After the service pack is paid for costs are as advertised.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

M50d

Year of registration

2017

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

41.5
Review
Amazing performance for such a large vehicle. It's rather pricey when you apply a good level specification but well worth the investment. The handling is great considering the size, steering is a little vague for the purist at lower speeds but firms up above 50mph. Interior is still class leading with no rattles or squeaks to report. Sat Nav is the best on the market, especially when configured to BMW Connected drive.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Nothing to report everything is working superb!!
Performance

5 out of 5

The 3.0ltr Tri-Turbo engine is simply amazing, 30-70mph is breath taking. The sound is artificial on the inside but nevertheless is addictive.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

Cost are what I expected.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2.5 diesel SE

Year of registration

2015

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

42
Review
Excellent all rounder, comfort, safety, reliability and reasonable economy, 3 full sized kid seats across the rear.

Owner Review

1 out of 5

Version

M50d

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

21
Review
Great drive, comfortable, BIG and generally a nice car BUT... it's been at the BMW garage longer than it's been with me. The first problem cost £2,468, the next £130, then £1,110, then £3,145 and finally £2,600. This car has got to go - it's hilariously unreliable.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

'07 4.8 X5

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

17
Review
I expected body electronics to fail, but a couple of days ago my rear diff just shattered into pieces internally. Housing was good, no leaks or sounds, but it broke internally, no sign of failure, happened when I turned right from stop, was about to accelerate, chattering and griding sound in rear suspension. £3.5K of repairs. Nothing serious. ;)

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

>3 litre, Petrol

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

19

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