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BMW X5 2020 review: 25d

The X5 still retains a classic BMW silhouette, even in this large SUV format.

The BMW X5 is a large SUV that can come as a seven- or five-seater, depending on your needs. I do love a car you can customise - but so you should be able to at this price.

I was in the X5 xDrive25d which is the entry-level model and costs $99,900, before on road costs and extras. 

This particular car is a five seater and competes in a category with cars like the Audi Q7, Mercedes GLA, and Volkswagen Touareg. I took it down to the south coast of NSW for a long weekend with the family. Here’s how it performed. 

✅ How does it look?

BMW retains its status as a maker of classic looking cars, even when swelled to this X5 size.

The front grille is large, and the bonnet quite extended, but that’s what happens when you beef up a car: everything featured is on a much bigger scale.

BMW retains its status as a maker of classic looking cars, even when swelled to this X5 size. BMW retains its status as a maker of classic looking cars, even when swelled to this X5 size.

It’s also worth noting this car has been fitted with the 'M Sport Package' for an extra $9900 and includes things like 20-inch alloy wheels, which does make a difference to the overall exterior look. 

Inside the car and you’d never guess this was the base model, because you can add things if you really want them. On this car, the seats have been upgraded with Extended Leather Trim' in black with brown contrast stitching for an extra $3200, and it has a panoramic sunroof for an extra $4000.

This car has been fitted with the 'M Sport Package' for an extra $9900 and includes things like 20-inch alloy wheels. This car has been fitted with the 'M Sport Package' for an extra $9900 and includes things like 20-inch alloy wheels.

The leather steering wheel comes standard and feels great under the hands, and it’s been styled with a metallic trim along the dash and centre console. You can choose which trims you’d prefer and they are customisable if you are willing to pay for them.

✅ How does it drive?

The driving experience in the X5 is a smooth one, and even the xDrive25d, which has less power than the models above it, still gets up hills quickly without making a loud racket as though it’s expending a whole lot of effort to do so. It stays quiet and reserved, much as you’d expect from a BMW.

The xDrive25d has a four-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbo engine. The xDrive25d has a four-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbo engine.

There’s a four-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbo engine which works well and cruised down the highway for the long weekend away. I was confident driving it and overtaking other cars when necessary.

Parking is good in this car, no thanks to its size but rather the clear reversing camera. As long as you have enough space you can see clearly where you're headed, and there’s a split-screen 360-degree view, plus a front camera, so all bases are covered.

✅ How spacious is it?

There is plenty of space up the front, with loads of head and legroom. I normally jack the driver’s seat right up because I like to be high, and usually my husband puts it right down when he’s driving, but in this car he didn’t even need to which means the head space is generous. 

There is plenty of space up the front, with loads of head and legroom. There is plenty of space up the front, with loads of head and legroom.

The children were also comfortable in the back seat and there was loads of room for them to bring all the things they needed* for the road trip (*such a subjective term when it comes to children packing their own bags).

I’m 161cm and there was so much room between the seat in front and my knees that other adults and taller teenagers will be fine back there on long journeys.

There was loads of room in the back. There was loads of room in the back.

The spacious boot swallowed two medium suitcases, about seven bags full of food, a puppy crate, pool inflatables and various other bits and pieces for the weekend away.

At 640L it’s not the biggest in its class, but that volume more than sufficed for a family of four and that is the most we’d ever need to fit in.

  • The spacious boot swallowed all our holiday needs. The spacious boot swallowed all our holiday needs.
  • It’s got a split tailgate system, which means the bottom of the tailgate comes up about 20cm and things don’t fall out of the boot when you open it. It’s got a split tailgate system, which means the bottom of the tailgate comes up about 20cm and things don’t fall out of the boot when you open it.
  • At 640L it’s not the biggest in its class, but that volume more than sufficed. At 640L it’s not the biggest in its class, but that volume more than sufficed.

It’s got a split tailgate system, which means the bottom of the tailgate comes up about 20cm and things don’t fall out of the boot when you open it. It goes down with the touch of a button.

✅ How easy is it to use every day?

The front seats are power adjustable, there is keyless entry and you get a configurable head-up display in the windscreen which shows your speed, the speed limit (thankfully, it doesn’t beep when you go over the speed limit, it just flashes), and navigation directions.

You get a configurable head-up display in the windscreen which shows your speed, the speed limit, and navigation directions. You get a configurable head-up display in the windscreen which shows your speed, the speed limit, and navigation directions.

The tailgate is power operated and there is heating for the front seats. 

For storage, there are two cupholders in the front that suit large and small cups (a bonus  when you’re an espresso drinker), there’s a a wireless phone charger, and a spot for keys. You’ll also get a decent centre storage bin and bottle holders in each door. 

Rear passengers are provided with two cupholders in the centre armrest plus a flat storage bit that will hold a tablet and/or games console. There are two charging points on the back of the front seats which are good for plugging in kids’ devices.

✅ What's the tech like?

There's a 12.3-inch screen which is very wide but quite short. It's kitted out with BMW's own multimedia system which includes Bluetooth connectivity, sat nav and voice control.

There's a 12.3-inch screen which is very wide but quite short. There's a 12.3-inch screen which is very wide but quite short.

It has Apple CarPlay but no Android Auto yet - that is coming. The CarPlay connects via Bluetooth but it didn't connect to my phone, however it easily connected to my husband's so just check that yours connects before you leave the dealer.

✅ How much does it cost to own?

The BMW X5 xDrive25d costs $99,900 before on road costs and extras. With the options added on this particular test car, that number rose to $121,400 (before on road costs).

Fuel consumption is a claimed 6.2L/100km. Low because it’s diesel and has less power than the rest of the range. In real life on my test drive week it averaged 9.1L/100km. 

The BMW X5 xDrive25d costs $99,900 before on road costs and extras. The BMW X5 xDrive25d costs $99,900 before on road costs and extras.

It’s covered by BMW’s three year/unlimited km warranty which is not as good as some car companies who offer up to seven years but is on par with most in the luxury segment.

You can prepay your services for five years on the basic package for $1995 and schedule services every 12 month/24,000km.


The Wrap

The BMW X5 was a pleasure to drive, especially on our weekend road trip. It had plenty of interior space for my family of four and fit all of our holiday packing, including the bulky puppy crate. It drives beautifully, I felt confident on the road and it has important safety bases covered. I gave it a family rating of 8.4 out of 10 - this base model was impressive but I’d be keen to drive the plug in hybrid, which costs a bit more but ticks the eco box for me. My kids gave it an eight, they like having lots of space in the back seat.

Likes

Design
Smooth drive
Interior Space

Dislikes

Pricey extras
No Android Auto
Short warranty

Scores

Nedahl:

4.2

The Kids:

4

$99,900

Based on new car retail price

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