A tank with style
Added: 2nd of February 2015
I bought my X5 30d Sport through the trade about 2yr ago. It had one owner and FBMWSH. with just over 55k miles. It cost me £8500 without warranty, tax or fuel! It has every option barr sun roof. At the time of writing (0215) it has covered 70k miles and has cost me very little. Two front outboard drive boots, a parking sensor and front drop link. It did need some tyres at the time of purchase and these are wearing very well, although I drive carefully and NEVER go off-road. My only other 4X4 was an X-plate Range Rover 4.6 and the X5 is nothing like it. Forget the off-road prowess of the RR - it had covered about the same mileage but had lworn nowhere near as well. It drank fuel like a cruise liner, returned moderate performance and was always going wrong - the list was endless. The X5 is a heavy vehicle but it feels much lighter than its 2 tons would suggest. This is thanks, in no small way, to a superb 3 litre diesel and 6 speed auto box which is a real jewel of a combination. It provides power and torque in abundance - sufficient to give many hot hatches a tough time in the 0-60 sprint (<7s). Not only does it travel quickly in a straight line but, thanks to sports suspension, massive tyres and superb steering, it corners with ease and never feels unsettled. The only downside is a choppy ride on some unrefined roads. Drive carefully and 30mpg is easily achieved. Everything about the X5 is 'heavy duty' except its trim and instrumentation, which is lifted straight out of a 5 series, so nothing more to add there! I have only one criticism and it relates to the rear seat backs. These do not fold flat and so the large rear platform is compromised. Buy one with good history and you will not have any regrets.