Used BMW X5 4x4 (2013 - 2018) Buying & Selling

Review by Graeme Lambert on
Last Updated: 23 Jun 2015
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This is the third generation of the popular BMW X5 off-roader, a car that once represented 10 percent of all BMWs sold in the UK. Hoping to re-create that sort of sales success it promises major advances in design, luxury, comfort, safety, efficiency and driving enjoyment.
4 out of 5

Buying used

There’s a fair chance that any used BMW X5 you look at will never have ventured any more off-road than the supermarket car park or the school playground, but do check underneath for any damage incurred in the undergrowth. And for those used for rural exploits only ensure there are no car-park dings of school-run scuffs.

The same goes for the interior, which may have been subjected to the onslaught of children and the detritus they bring with them, especially if the X5 you are looking at features seven seats. It’s worth checking if it does have them, as some models (the X50d M does without, for example, due to its suspension) and decide whether you actually need them or not.

All engines should be capable of higher mileages, especially the diesel models, so don’t be put off by lots of numbers on the odometer. If you spot a towbar check what it’s been used for; bikeracks will put little strain on the drivetrain but an X5 that has towed horses, a boat or caravan may not be as fresh as one that hasn’t.

Whatever you do invest in a Parkers Car History Check to ensure there are no hidden nasties lying in wait for you.

See 394 used BMW X5 4x4s for sale, starting at £14,980

4 out of 5

Selling

If you can afford to shell out for a brand new X5 then chances are you’ve got the cash to maintain it properly too, but the good news is the German firm offers a five-year service and maintenance plan for a reasonable one-off payment. Regardless, it’s important that you can show buyers it’s been looked after.

If you’re one of the few owners who’s ventured off the blacktop, then ensure any scuffs, scratches or damage incurred while green-laning (or on the school run) is repaired. Those X5s that have spent their lifetime carrying children will likely need a deep clean inside, the good news being the standard leather seats will be wipeclean so easy to refresh as you go.