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BMW X5 (2007-2013) Buying Guide

BMW X5 (2007-2013)
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by Richard Dredge

Until the original BMW X5 arrived, SUVs were ponderous. But when BMW's first 4x4 appeared it changed the rules; driving an SUV no longer meant corners were your enemy. So when the second take on the X5 appeared, expectations were high - and this all-new car didn't disappoint. Here was a full-sized SUV that was even better to drive than before, but now there was space for seven, even if two would need to be children. The X5's premium status means you'll need deep pockets to buy and run one, but if you can stretch to it, you'll love every minute of ownership.

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Key Dates 
4/07The X5 Mk2 (codenamed E70 by BMW) makes its debut. There's a choice of 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol or diesel engines.
6/07A 4.8-litre V8 petrol engine joins the range.
7/07A 286bhp high-power 3.0-litre diesel arrives, dubbed 3.0sd.
4/09The ludicrously quick Motorsport derivative reaches showrooms, the 555bhp X5 M, with a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine.
6/10A facelift brings reprofiled bumpers and headlights, while the 302bhp xDrive40d supersedes the xDrive35d.
8/11The Exclusive Edition allows more personalisation.
2/12The M50d arrives with a triple-turbo 3.0-litre diesel engine rated at 381bhp and 546lb ft of torque.
  • An approved aftermarket tow bar is expensive, so if you aim to tow, find a car with a bar already fitted.
  • Parts prices tend to be high; even something as minor as a replacement door mirror glass will run well into three figures.
  • Make sure there's plenty of tread left on the run-flat tyres, as replacements are expensive.
  • The I-Drive multi-media system works brilliantly, but some owners have had problems getting full functionality with their mobile phone.
  • BMW may bill the X5 as a seven-seater, but the third row is very tight for teenagers, never mind fully grown adults who'll find it cramped.
  • Although the interior generally feels well built, some cars have suffered from failed glove box catches.
  • Many X5s come with a rear-view camera to make parking easier, but the wiring can go awry, leading to problems.
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