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xDrive45e M Sport 5dr Auto [Tech/Pro Pk]

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Key Info

Optional Extras

Technical Data

Review

Key Features

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeHybrid
Emissions
Emissions30.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed146mph

Driver Convenience

  • 20GB hard disc drive (HDD) memory
  • 5 metre standard charge cable
  • AC Fast charge cable
  • Active guard plus
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Automatic tailgate with top hinged section open and manual bottom hinged section
  • BMW ConnectedDrive online services
  • BMW digital live cockpit professional - 12.3" digital instrument panel and 12.3" CID, with touch/voice command
  • BMW Drive recorder
  • BMW legal emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Brake force display
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Driving readiness sound
  • eDrive button to select between AUTO eDrive, MAX eDrive and SAVE Battery settings
  • Enhanced bluetooth hands free facility with Telephony wireless charging
  • Front/rear park distance control
  • Galvanised plastic keyfob
  • Head up Display
  • Infinity symbol with line graphic on reset of average consumption
  • Lights on warning
  • Oil sensor for level and grade
  • On board computer inc. average speed, fuel consumption, liquid crystal Info display, journey computer, outside temperature display, personal profile
  • Parking assistance plus with ultrasound based assistance system, reversing assistant, lateral parking aid and surround view system
  • Service interval indicator
  • Speed limit info display
  • Wi-Fi hotspot

Entertainment

  • BMW gesture control
  • DAB Tuner enables digital radio reception
  • Favourite buttons
  • USB connection, USB type A 1.5A in cupholder, USB Type C 3A in centre armrest

Exterior Features

  • Active Air Stream kidney grille with high-gloss chrome
  • Adaptive air flap control bar in high-gloss black
  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Dynamic brake lights with LED technology
  • Exhaust tailpipes - single, left and right with Chrome finisher
  • Follow me home headlight function
  • Front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • High gloss black outer and central air intakes on front bumper with pearlescent chrome finish
  • High gloss black Side elements
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED fog lights
  • LED rear lights
  • Left charging flap on the front side
  • M aerodynamic body styling
  • M designation on left and right front side panels
  • Pearlescent chrome front grille bars
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation and windscreen wiper control
  • Satin aluminium side window graphic
  • Sun protection glazing
  • Third brake light in rear spoiler
  • Variable intermittent rear wash/wipe
  • Welcome light carpet
  • X5 on left tailgate
  • xDrive designation on right tailgate

Interior Features

  • 12V - Power sockets with 2x centre console and 1x luggage compartment
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats
  • Ambient interior lighting with 6 pre-designed selectable lights including dynamic function
  • Centre and rear interior light
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment with rear outer seats includes top tether
  • Electric front seat adjustment with driver and front passenger memory function
  • Electrical steering column with adjustable height and length with activation and control on the steering column
  • Foldable rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders and storage compartment
  • Front and rear cupholders x 2
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front and rear door sill inlays with illuminated BMW M designation
  • Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim
  • Front footwell lights
  • Front reading lights
  • Light inside glove compartment
  • Lockable glove compartment
  • Luggage compartment floor panel with integral storage tray
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • M leather steering wheel
  • M specific key
  • M specific pedals
  • M specific steering wheel
  • M specific velour floor mats
  • Make-up mirror lights
  • Multifunction controls for leather steering wheel
  • Multifunctional hooks
  • Rear head restraints
  • Seat back with flap pocket
  • Seat occupancy detection for driver and passenger side
  • Securing rings in luggage compartment
  • Storage bins on all doors
  • Storage tray and compartment with cover in centre console
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Toolkit located in luggage compartment

Packs

  • Connected Package Professional - X5 xDrive45e
  • Expanded exterior mirror pack - X5/X5 M
  • Non-smokers pack - X5

Safety

  • Active protection
  • Airbags - driver/front passenger, rear and side, first and second row seats head airbags, front passenger seat airbag deactivation + knee airbag
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Brake drying
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Brake fade compensation
  • Braking pre-tensioning
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting + activation of safety battery terminal clamp
  • Deformation zones - front and rear with door reinforcements and bumpers up to 2.5 mph
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Electromechanical parking brake with automatic drive away release and auto hold function
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Front and rear seatbelts with seatbelt stopper, seatbelt tensioner for front and outer rear seats and belt force limiter
  • Front head restraints with anti-whiplash
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill start assistant
  • Integrated brake system
  • M Seatbelts
  • M Sport braking system with blue painted brake calipers with M designation
  • Mechanical child proof lock on rear doors
  • Passive protection for pedestrians
  • Side impact protection
  • Three 3 point inertia reel seatbelts
  • Two tone horn
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Closing system with central locking
  • Driver and front passenger door centre lock switch
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Thatcham 1 alarm system with remote control and engine immobiliser

Technical

  • Adaptive 2-axle air suspension
  • Double VANOS
  • Double wishbone front axle
  • Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
  • Eight speed steptronic sport automatic transmission and gearshift paddles on the steering wheel
  • High precision injection
  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • Safety battery terminal clamp
  • Twin scroll turbocharger with Valvetronic

Trim

  • Start/stop toggle diamond shaped trim finisher in pearl chrome

Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Passive Safety

Trim

Wheels

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    24
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    708
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    2.3
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    528
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    3.7
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    426
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    3.7
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    312
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • WLTP - AER (km) - City
    94
  • WLTP - AER (km) - City - Max
    86
  • WLTP - AER (km) - City - Min
    95
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb
    77
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - Max
    72
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb - Min
    78
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - City
    58.4
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - City - Max
    53
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - City - Min
    59
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb
    47.8
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - Max
    45
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb - Min
    48
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City
    27
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City - Max
    27.8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City - Min
    24.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    31.1
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max
    Not Available
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min
    Not Available
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Extra High
    36.6
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Extra High - Max
    37.5
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Extra High - Min
    33.8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - High
    28.2
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - High - Max
    Not Available
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - High - Min
    Not Available
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Low
    27
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Low - Max
    28.7
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Low - Min
    25.3
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Medium
    27
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Medium - Max
    27.7
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Medium - Min
    24.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City
    2.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City - Max
    2.2
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City - Min
    2.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    2
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max
    2
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min
    2.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Extra High
    1.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Extra High - Max
    1.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Extra High - Min
    1.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - High
    2.2
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - High - Max
    Not Available
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - High - Min
    Not Available
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Low
    2.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Low - Max
    2.2
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Low - Min
    2.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Medium
    2.3
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Medium - Max
    2.2
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Medium - Min
    2.5
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (kWh/100km) - Comb
    31.1
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max
    Not Available
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min
    Not Available
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (miles/kWh) - Comb
    2
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max
    2
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min
    2.2
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb
    24.9
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max
    25.8
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min
    24.3
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb
    2.5
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max
    2.4
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min
    2.6
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City
    95
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City - Max
    87
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City - Min
    96
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb
    84
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max
    82
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min
    88
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Extra High
    69
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Extra High - Max
    64
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Extra High - Min
    71
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - High
    92
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - High - Max
    89
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - High - Min
    96
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Low
    93
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Low - Max
    84
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Low - Min
    95
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Medium
    96
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Medium - Max
    87
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Medium - Min
    97
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City
    59
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City - Max
    54
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City - Min
    60
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb
    52.2
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max
    51
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min
    54.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Extra High
    42.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Extra High - Max
    40
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Extra High - Min
    44
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - High
    57.2
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - High - Max
    55
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - High - Min
    60
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Low
    57.8
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Low - Max
    52
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Low - Min
    59
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Medium
    59.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Medium - Max
    54
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Medium - Min
    60

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.148
  • HC
    0.013
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • NOx
    0.008
  • Particles
    0.0006
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb
    235
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - Max
    240
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - Min
    225
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High
    246
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - Max
    250
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - Min
    232
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High
    208
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - Max
    210
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - Min
    202
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low
    316
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - Max
    330
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - Min
    301
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium
    203
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - Max
    208
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - Min
    196
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb
    23
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb - Max
    Not Available
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb - Min
    Not Available
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb
    30
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max
    31
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min
    27

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    2998
  • Compression Ratio
    11.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    6
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    94.6
  • Engine Code
    B58B30M1
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    TWIN TURBO
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    24
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (l/100km) - Comb
    0.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (mpg) - Comb
    1412.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb
    10.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    10.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    9.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High
    10.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    11
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    10.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High
    9.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - Max
    9.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - Min
    8.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low
    13.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - Max
    14.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - Min
    13.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium
    8.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    9.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    8.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb
    27.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Max
    26.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Min
    28.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High
    26.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - Max
    25.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - Min
    27.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High
    31
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - Max
    30.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - Min
    31.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low
    20.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - Max
    19.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - Min
    21.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium
    31.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - Max
    31
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - Min
    32.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb
    1.3
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    1.4
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    1.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb
    217.3
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max
    201.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min
    235.4

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    3.0
  • Badge Power
    394
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    e xDrive
  • Coin Series
    M Sport [Tech/Pro]
  • Generation Mark
    3
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    49E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    18000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    5.6
  • Engine Power - BHP
    286
  • Engine Power - KW
    210
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    332
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    45.9
  • Engine Torque - NM
    450
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1600
  • Top Speed
    146

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    275/40 R21
  • Tyre Size Rear
    315/35 R21
  • Tyre Size Spare
    RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Style
    Y SPOKE - STYLE 741M
  • Wheel Type
    20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1745
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4922
  • Wheelbase
    2975
  • Width
    2004
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2218

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    69
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    3150
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1720
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    500
  • Max. Loading Weight
    715
  • Max. Roof Load
    100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    2700
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    2435
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12.6

BMW's X5 was the original 'Sports Activity Vehicle'. And in fourth generation guise, it's more sophisticated than ever before. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

The BMW X5. It was the car that, back at the turn of the century, completely changed the way we thought about large, plush 4x4s, the car that, more than any other, defined the modern luxury SUV and the one that since the turn of the century, almost every other prestige brand has sought to copy. Nevertheless, 2.2 million X5s have been sold since this model line first appeared back in 1999. BMW doesn't actually like the term 'SUV' with its clunky connotations and has always marketed this car as an 'SAV' or 'Sports Activity Vehicle', though the tag has never really caught on. As you'd expect, this fourth generation version moves the game on a little further again, offering what, on paper at least, BMW claims to be the best combination of performance and efficiency in its class. But the competition's tougher than ever before, with rivals claiming better driving dynamics, extra practicality and greater luxury. With all that in mind, is this still the most complete car in its segment? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

This time round, X5 buyers get to choose from one petrol engine and two diesels. The mainstream xDrive40i petrol and xDrive30d diesel variants use a six-cylinder inline unit, while the X5 M50d is powered by a more potent six-cylinder in-line diesel engine with a quartet of turbochargers. All engines channel their power through an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, while BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive is now standard across the range, the system now able to split drive torque between the front and rear wheels with even greater precision and speed on demand. The xDrive40i puts out 340hp and 450Nm of torque via a 3.0-litre twin-scroll turbocharger and completes the zero to 62mph sprint in just 5.5 seconds. The xDrive30d diesel uses another 3.0-litre unit, but it features a single turbocharger with a maximum output of 265hp while offering 620Nm of torque and a 62mph sprint time of 6.5 seconds. Go for the M50d and you get 400hp, 760Nm of torque and 62mph from rest in 5.2 seconds. A two-axle air suspension system is standard, as is a 'Dynamic Damper Control' set-up to tailor ride quality, this accessible through the usual Driving Experience Control driving modes system. If you want to go further, the 'Adaptive M suspension Professional' package delivers two key enhancements. First, there's 'Active roll stabilisation - which compensates for cornering roll. And second there's 'Integral Active Steering' - which turns the rear wheels in either the same direction as the front wheels or the opposite direction, depending on the vehicle speed. This optimises cornering agility, ensures effortless lane changes and helps the vehicle to dart through city traffic. The few customers likely to venture 'off piste' can also specify an Off-Road package.

Design and Build

This fourth generation X5 may appear fairly similar to its predecessor but if you take a second look, much is different. It's 36mm longer, 66mm wider and 19mm higher, so it's a slightly more imposing thing this time round, with pared-back design language, clean surfacing and precise lines. The way that the roof rails, side window surrounds and other trim elements are finished in high-gloss black delivers an appropriately premium look. And inside? Well as buyers of luxury models now expect, there's a fully-digital instrument cluster, which shares the same graphics and design as the centre-dash iDrive Control Display. The transmission selector lever and the ventilation controls for the new 4-zone climate control system have been re-designed. Plus buyers can specify a panoramic glass roof that's 30% larger than and can be embellished with a 'Panorama glass roof Sky Lounge' option which provides LED light spread evenly across the glass surface to illuminate more than 15,000 graphic patterns and generate a display reminiscent of a starlit sky. There's a two-section tailgate that can be power-operated and as before, there's a large boot - now with 645-litres of space, extendable to 1,860-litres if you fold down the 40:20:40 split rear bench. A third row of seats is optional for larger families.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £57,500 for the base diesel xDrive30d 'xLine', rising to around £59,000 for the petrol xDrive40i 'xLine' and around £71,500 for the 400hp diesel M50d. The three key trim levels are 'xLine', 'M Sport' and 'M Sport Performance', all with unique exterior trimming treatment. The 'xLine' variants get 19-inch wheels, the 'M Sport' specification includes 20-inch rims and 22-inch 'V-spoke' alloys mark out the top 'M Performance' model. Inside, across the range you get standard 'Vernasca' leather upholstery, available in four colours and electrically adjustable and heated sports seats. Options include an 'Ambient Air' package which provides air ionisation and infuses the interior with eight individually selectable scents. The Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System with 20 speakers and a 1,500-watt output will be tempting too, as will the optional Rear-seat entertainment Professional system which comprises a pair of 10.2-inch full-HD touchscreen displays, a Blu-ray-compatible DVD player and two headphone jacks. You can also specify thermo-cup holders for the centre console which allow drinks to be kept cool or warm. As you'd expect, there's all the latest camera-driven safety kit. And, to suit the mood of the moment, BMW has included its latest automated driving tech too - though to get it, you'll have to specify the optional 'Driving Assistant Professional package'. This gives you 'Active Cruise Control', a 'Steering and lane control assistant' and 'Traffic jam assist'.

Cost of Ownership

All model variants now comply with the requirements of the latest EU6d-TEMP emissions standard. The system of emission control for the petrol engines includes a gasoline particulate filter, while the diesel models boast BMW BluePerformance technology comprising a particulate filter, an oxidation catalyst, a NOx adsorption catalyst and an SCR catalyst with AdBlue injection. As a result, the petrol xDrive40i delivers 33.2mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions are 193g/km. The xDrive30d diesel returns a combined fuel consumption of 47.1mpg, equating to CO2 emissions of 158g/km. The M50d meanwhile, posts a combined fuel consumption of 41.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 179g/km. What else might you need to know? Well, routine maintenance is dictated by 'Condition Based Servicing' that monitors oil level and engine wear, taking into account how long it's been and how far the car has travelled since its previous garage visit. You can check all of this using menus in the 'iDrive' centre-dash display and the car will give you four weeks' notice of when a check-up is needed so you have plenty of time to book it. To help plan ahead for the cost of regular work, at point of purchase you'll be offered a 'BMW Service Inclusive' package that lasts for three years and 36,000 miles.

Summary

What we have here is a more mature X5, this fourth generation model having evolved into a larger, more comfortable and more efficient proposition. It will probably never reclaim the dominant market share its MK1 predecessor originally enjoyed, but BMW once again has the hardware to remind its closer German rivals just who really developed the luxury SUV sector in the first place. True, this might not be as handsome a design as it used to be, but it's still imposing and classy. Safer too and more relevant, not only in terms of its lower running costs but also its hi-tech infotainment ConnectedDrive cleverness. And all of this on top of a range of virtues that more than ever, offer as much motoring flexibility as you could ever need. We are, after all, looking here at a car with economy pretty close to that of an ordinary family estate, yet one that potentially can keep up with a hot hatch, scale the lower slopes of Ben Nevis and take up to seven folk to the theatre when all is done. It is, by any measure, a very complete vehicle - and now perhaps the most accomplished all-round choice in a very talented segment when all is said and done. A benchmark then. Just as X5s have always been.

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