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BMW X5 Review: xDrive25d and sDrive25d
  • Extensive standard equipment; interior quality and inclusions bely its price; turbo diesel engine is punchy enough; eight-speed auto is smooth
  • Ride quality not refined enough for a luxury SUV; vague, over-assisted steering for sDrive25d; not as polished to drive as the old model

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8 / 10

Price $82,900 ANCAP Rating N/A

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BMW X5 Review: xDrive25d and sDrive25d

The new BMW X5 range now has a pair of affordable new entry-level models, including the most affordable X5 ever sold here which just also happens to be the first ever to be offered with rear-wheel drive...

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2014 BMW X5 Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2014 BMW X5 Review

It's difficult to overstate the importance of the BMW X5 to the Munich car maker's success in Australia – the model makes up a whopping 16 per cent of its local sales tally. In fact, the BMW X5 was second only to the 3 Series range in volume last year, with the entry-level X5 xDrive30d at $99,900 (plus on-road costs) making up a staggering 79 per cent of total X5 sales...

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Luxury SUV Comparison : BMW X5 v Mercedes-Benz ML-Class v Range Rover Sport v Porsche Cayenne
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Luxury SUV Comparison : BMW X5 v Mercedes-Benz ML-Class v Range Rover Sport v Porsche Cayenne

The arrival of a bigger, third-generation BMW X5 styled to please America prompted that we revisit that age old question – are large SUVs lumbering, unwieldy tanks better suited to the bush? (or Bush?) Or are they viable high-rise family wagons? We picked the $100K price point, where the stars align in terms of 3...


BMW X5 M50d Review
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BMW X5 M50d Review

BMW X5 M50d: Is the X5 still one of the most dynamic SUVs you can buy? Jez Spinks drives the triple-turbo diesel M50d to find out.


BMW X5 Review
Rating: 810 /10
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BMW X5 Review

With BMW public relations staff wearing t-shirts imprinted BMW X5 – The Boss, the third-generation premium large SUV is getting more than a humble introduction to the local market. The outgoing six-year-old BMW X5 continues to command a class-conquering 19 per cent share of the ‘SUV Large $70K-plus’ segment – the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class, despite an all-new model arriving last year, nabs 15...

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2014 BMW X5: new four-cylinder rear-driver from $82,900
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2014 BMW X5: new four-cylinder rear-driver from $82,900

Four-cylinder BMW X5 entry models will join the third-generation Australian line-up for the first time, in $82,900 rear-wheel-drive sDrive25d and $87,900 all-wheel-drive xDrive25d specification. Although three all-new BMW X5 models go on sale this week – the $99,900 xDrive30d, $133,900 xDrive50i and $147,900 M50d – the twin four-cylinders will arrive in March next year...


2014 BMW X5 Review
Rating: 910 /10
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2014 BMW X5 Review

The BMW X5 is the best selling large luxury SUV in Australia. Globally BMW has managed 1.5 million X5 sales since 1999, making the model one of the most important to the German brand. The current second-generation X5 model, which was launched in 2007, has continued to grow in sales despite nearing the end of its life cycle...

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2014 BMW X5 pricing and specifications
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2014 BMW X5 pricing and specifications

The third-generation BMW X5 will arrive in Australia in mid November with a three-model line-up boasting improved fuel consumption and higher standard equipment levels. The xDrive 30d continues as the entry-level offering in BMW Australia's X5 line-up. Its price rises $7655 and now just scrapes in below six figures at $99,990 before on-road costs...


BMW X5 M50d: third-gen flagship diesel SUV officially revealed
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BMW X5 M50d: third-gen flagship diesel SUV officially revealed

The first official images of the all-new BMW X5 M50d have been released, revealing the diesel flagship's unique styling ahead of its local arrival later this year. Sitting above the new rear-wheel-drive X5 sDrive25d, the xDrive30d and xDrive50 in the third-generation SUV's range, the new BMW X5 M50d is differentiated by its triple-turbocharged 3...


BMW X5 eDrive concept: all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid revealed
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BMW X5 eDrive concept: all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid revealed

The BMW X5 eDrive concept has been revealed ahead of its unveiling at next month's Frankfurt motor show. It is the first time the brand brings together all-wheel-drive and hybrid technology, teaming a 70kW electric motor and lithium-ion batteries with a  turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. BMW hasn't, however, yet confirmed the engine's capacity, though 2...


BMW X5: M Sport, M50d, Design Pure Excellence styles revealed
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BMW X5: M Sport, M50d, Design Pure Excellence styles revealed

The multiple faces of the all-new BMW X5 have been revealed in an official brochure for the luxury German SUV. The scanned pages were published by BMW Blog just hours after the unveiling of the larger, more versatile and more fuel-efficient third-generation X5...


BMW X5: rear-wheel drive for third-gen luxury SUV
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BMW X5: rear-wheel drive for third-gen luxury SUV

The all-new BMW X5 will be available with both rear-wheel drive and a four-cylinder diesel engine for the first time, highlighting the German manufacturer's pursuit of greater efficiency and affordability from its next-generation full-size SUV. The larger, more versatile and more luxurious third-generation BMW X5 is set to make its public debut in Frankfurt in September, before going on sale in Australia during the final quarter of 2013...


BMW X5 brake booster recall: 1600 Australian SUVs affected
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BMW X5 brake booster recall: 1600 Australian SUVs affected

A recall of 1600 Australian-delivered BMW X5 SUVs has been issued as part of a 60,000-unit worldwide recall prompted by a potential fault affecting the cars' brake boosters. Covering BMW X5 models built between January 1, 2007 and March 5, 2010, the fault relates to the chance of damage to the brake booster’s internal rubber membrane due to engine oil possibly entering the booster unit via a vacuum hose linking the engine to the booster itself...


BMW X5 M50d Review
Rating: 810 /10
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BMW X5 M50d Review

At a glance you could easily mistake the BMW X5 M50d for one of its lesser X5 stablemates, but aside from the familiar styling there’s nothing ordinary about the M50d. Only the set of tractor-sized tyres and the M50d badge on its tailgate suggest something special might be going on under the bonnet. And it certainly is...

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BMW X5: next-gen luxury SUV images leaked
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BMW X5: next-gen luxury SUV images leaked

The first images of the next-generation BMW X5 due to be launched later this year have been spotted on a model car dealer's Facebook page. The two leaked images of the Jadi Modelcraft ‘F15’ third-generation SUV scale model were first seen on Diecast Empire’s Facebook page...


BMW X5 Review
Rating: 810 /10
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BMW X5 Review

The BMW X5 is a seemingly unstoppable force in luxury-SUV sales. More than 1.1 million have been sold since the German car maker’s first ‘soft-roader’ went on sale in 1999, and its movement out of showrooms in Australia reflects its global popularity. It’s currently still the best-selling luxury SUV locally, and the BMW X5 still out-sells its smaller and more affordable siblings – the BMW X3 and BMW X1...

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$92,100

BMW X5 responds to Mercedes-Benz ML threat
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BMW X5 responds to Mercedes-Benz ML threat

BMW has increased the value of its BMW X5 4WD by up to $16,120 in a bid to counter the strong sales threat from the recently released Mercedes-Benz ML. The German luxury car arch-rivals are squaring up in the large luxury SUV segment after Mercedes shaved several thousand dollars from the starting price of its new-generation ML (pictured below)...


BMW X5: sneak peak of 2013 next-generation SUV
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BMW X5: sneak peak of 2013 next-generation SUV

BMW is set to broaden the design of its 'X' family as shown by this rendering of the 2014 BMW X5 by German magazine Auto Zeitung. Most prominent is the new grille, which is both larger and wider than the current design and similar to that seen on the latest generation 3-Series...


BMW X5 and X6 M50d triple-turbo SUVs revealed
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BMW X5 and X6 M50d triple-turbo SUVs revealed

BMW Australia will launch two high-performance SUVs with triple-turbo diesel engines around the middle of this year. The German luxury sports manufacturer has taken the wraps off the first three vehicles in its new M Performance Automobiles range: the X5 M50d, X6 M50d and the 5-Series-based M550d. All three will officially debut at the 2012 Geneva motor show in March...


2012 Mercedes-Benz ML throws down gauntlet to Audi Q7 and BMW X5
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2012 Mercedes-Benz ML throws down gauntlet to Audi Q7 and BMW X5

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz ML will throw down the sales gauntlet to its luxury-4WD rivals the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Lexus RX with an $81,400 starting price when the new-generation model goes on sale in April. Mercedes-Benz Australia's new pricing reduces the cost of entry to the ML by $4380 compared with the outgoing model, further distancing itself from the $92,100 BMW X5 30d and $90,500 Audi Q7 3...


2013 BMW X5 spied
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2013 BMW X5 spied

BMW has been spotted testing a prototype of the next-generation BMW X5, expected in 2013. This is the first time a prototype of the new model has been seen in public. The 'F15' BMW X5 will be built on a heavily revised version of the BMW 5-Series platform. Engineers are set to adapt various construction technologies in the aim to reduce the big SUV's weight, and in turn reduce fuel consumption...


BMW X5 xDrive40d Review
Rating: 810 /10
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BMW X5 xDrive40d Review

Perfect compromise between handling, versatility and off-road prowess. Model Tested: 2010 BMW X5 xDrive40d; 3.0-litre six-cylinder twin-turbocharged diesel: $113,300, $142,020 as tested...

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BMW X5 Australian Federal Police vehicles
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BMW X5 Australian Federal Police vehicles

BMW has just handed five specially-made BMW X5 security vehicles to the Australian Federal Police. The vehicles are security certified to Vehicle Resistance 4 (VR4), meaning they are bulletproof. The five X5s are fitted with BMW's 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine and an array of security features such as bullet-resistant glass, armour 'survival cell' plating and an attack alarm and intercom system...


BMW X5 M Review & Road Test
Rating: 710 /10
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BMW X5 M Review & Road Test

Over 400kW in an SUV? Yes, please... Model Tested: 2010 BMW X5 M; 4.4 litre twin-turbo V8 petrol; six-speed automatic; five-door SUV: $172,900 Options: Sunblind for rear doors - $476 CarAdvice Rating: Words: Karl Peskett Photos: www.OzCarSightings.com There's something deliciously inglorious about a 2...

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2010 BMW X5 SUV Update
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2010 BMW X5 SUV Update

BMW has given it second generation X5 SUV a mid-life upgrade with some minor tweaking to its external appearance, new driver assistance features and significant changes to the drivetrain that provide more power and better fuel economy. Given the ongoing sales success of X5 - it’s been the market leader in the luxury SUV for far longer than its competitors would care to remember - the minimal changes to the body are hardly surprising...


2010 BMW X5 update launched in Australia
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2010 BMW X5 update launched in Australia

Update: BMW X5 Report. UPDATED July 7 with Australian BMW X5 images. BMW Australia has launched the refreshed 2010 BMW X5, with new engines, driver assistance systems and increased standard equipment among the key upgrades. The entry-level xDrive30d starts at $92,100 and benefits from a 15 percent improvement in fuel consumption over the outgoing model – bringing average fuel use down to 7...


BMW X5 born for the millionth time
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BMW X5 born for the millionth time

BMW have proved just how competitive they are in the market by rolling off the one-millionth BMW X5 this month, and after just eleven years in production. That's just under 100,000 units per year. By comparison, the most produced car ever to be sold, the VW Beetle, averaged 320,000 units per year...


BMW X5 reaches millionth production milestone
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BMW X5 reaches millionth production milestone

BMW is today celebrating a landmark milestone with one million BMW X5 models built and sold since production first started 11 years ago. The BMW X5 becomes the very first Sports Activity Vehicle from the BMW portfolio to reach the six-digit production figure. The vehicle at the centre of this production milestone is a sapphire black metallic BMW X5 xDrive35i featuring cinnamon brown Nevada leather trim...


2011 BMW X5 Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2011 BMW X5 Review

New, improved and more desirable than ever Our North American colleague, Mark Hacking, has just driven the new BMW X5. Miami, Florida—When you’re a manufacturer like BMW, one of your biggest competitors is yourself. Meaning, you’re in the business of producing some of the best vehicles in their respective segments, so every new model introduced must, by necessity, be an improvement over something that is already among the class leaders...

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BMW M Sports package for X5 announced, Australia being considered
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BMW M Sports package for X5 announced, Australia being considered

BMW's X5 is set for a refresh in a few months, and will be launching in Europe in the second quarter of this year, with Australia following in June. Along with a host of mid-life upgrades, BMW has announced its M Sports package which consists of interior, exterior and chassis upgrades to personalise your X5...