Auto Express's running costs ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
53-reg Petrol, Owner for More than 5 years

I have kept my old style X5 because it is the perfect size for the job and has proved so reliable and cheap to run.

I had it converted to LPG after only 1500 miles and it has been exceptionally cheap to run ever since : The fuel cost has been the petrol and Diesel equivalent of 35mpg with lower emissions.

But depreciation has been absolutely crippling : £46,000 down to a current value of less than £10,000

The new X5 is far too big and expensive. The X3 is too small and just plain ugly.

Nobody else makes a 4 x 4 that is good at what it does.

Cost: 2/5
57-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

it's the best car I've owned. Looks, practicality, safety, space, comfort, performance (for type of car), driving experience all very good or excellent. Economy not great, but wasn't expecting it to be. Given my mileage it was nto a major concern. The additional cost of a diesel for initial purchase and petrol price compared to annual mileage meant the diesel was actually not as cost effective.

Cost: 3/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Two parking sensors have failed. nothing else. Service intervals are too high, so I change oil and filter midway, which adds a little cost. fuel consumption is 33mpg. tyres last 40k-60k miles, I use spare wheels with tyres for winter. the car costs very little to run, probably around 45p per mile.

Cost: 4/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Unlike what you hear, I found the X5 very competent on roads and relatively quick for such a heavy car. In snow, the summer tyres are no good - but so what? Get winter tyres if that's how badly you need the car over winter. Impressive servicing facility at the dealership - always there to help.

Cost: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

It's a bmw and that means great reliabilty. it is the second x5 I have owned and the first was incident free. As a 3 litre diesel it has very good economy coupled with the x drive system and the 8 speed box the running cost are as expected.

Cost: 3/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

quality german brand nice to drive bad economy.
people not just me drives, locally but the battery runs down and the dealer says its my fault for not doing longer drives, can they not design the battery to recharge better

Cost: 2/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Great car for size and practicality. Performance is good for car of this size. Overall its very good but you have to be aware of the size of it for parking and that its never going to be cheap to run (though not too bad).

Cost: 3/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

I wanted a car that would carry my family ( & dog ) safely, could be used as everyday transport & also for days out & holidays but was also sporty & rewarding to drive. The X5 has so far delivered all of these things.

Cost: 3/5
54-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

this is the 2nd x5 i have owned.. blue bell crewe help the whole process with excelent customer care.. its my 5th BMW, and so far better the devil i know than the devil i dont

Cost: 5/5
2007-reg Petrol, Owner for 1 to 3 years

One fault in time of ownership. rectified under warranty by dealer. Mpg about what I expected for the car? have service package so have no bills there either.

Cost: 3/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

The vehicle has had battery issues and leaks water into the rear of the vehicle. The mileage I get is nowhere near what bmw claim and is a total exaggeration.

Cost: 2/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No problems to report. Service costs almost negligibletyres quite expensivefuel quite expensivehave not needed spare parts.

Cost: 3/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Had no issues as still new with low mileage. I expected it to be better on fuel, figures on teh car are a lot higher.

Cost: 2/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never let me down. Fuel consumption is considerably higher than the bmw brochures would lead you to believe.

Cost: 2/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never have had any problems with the car. High running costs incl mpg insurance road tax etc.

Cost: 2/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Never had any problems. Expensive to own and run but worth it for the drive.

Cost: 3/5
06-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

The car is wonderful, so much so that I am not in a mind to swap it at all.

Cost: 2/5
2008-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

In 5 years only problem has been a stuck handbrake. Servicing expensive.

Cost: 3/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

No problems at all. Fuel economy not as good as official figures claim.

Cost: 3/5
04-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

An excellent car for long journeys, especially in bad weather.

Cost: 3/5
55-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Excellent build quality just expensive when it goes wrong!

Cost: 3/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Been excellent so far and the 4x4 has been very useful.

Cost: 3/5
2004-reg Petrol, Owner for less than a year

Never let me down. Runs on lpg so costs are good.

Cost: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Very well built. Tyres are expensive.

Cost: 3/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Mileage is 5 mpg below advertised.

Cost: 3/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

A great 4 x 4 and family vehicle

Cost: 3/5
2010-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Servicing can be expensive.

Cost: 3/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Fantastic all purpose car

Cost: 3/5
04-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

The best 4x4 in its range

Cost: 2/5
09-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

Brilliant all rounder.

Cost: 3/5
09-reg Petrol, Owner for Less than a year

Brilliant bit of kit.

Cost: 5/5
57-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

UNECONOMICAL

Cost: 2/5
07-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Over Hyped

Cost: 1/5