Used BMW X5 4x4 (2013 - 2018) Costs

Review by Graeme Lambert on
Last Updated: 23 Jun 2015
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.
3 out of 5

Running costs

Compared to the old model, BMW X5 running costs are drastically reduced – with the core models seeing a CO2 reduction and increase in economy. The most efficient conventional engine, in terms of road tax and fuel costs, is the sDrive25d which emits only 149g/km and manages 50.4mpg.

Even the xDrive25d manages 48.7mpg though so there’s little penalty for choosing the extra capability of the four-wheel drive system while the core xDrive30d is only slightly less efficient at 162g/km and a combined economy of 45.6mpg – exactly the same figures as the more powerful xDrive40d.

Championing X5 efficiency overall is the plug-in hybrid xDrive40e, with official claims of 85.6mpg and CO2 emisisons of just 77g/km.

None will offer particularly cheap insurance, though the top-performing xDrive50i or M50d models will attract the highest premium.

* based on most recent data

Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year


£1,615 - £1,873 *


£935 - £1,376 *

The estimated fuel cost figure is a guide to how much this model will cost to fuel each year, so you can compare between cars. It's calculated by using the model's average mpg (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price. It's based on the following cost-per-litre: petrol 103p and diesel 109p. Prices are updated daily.

Summary Running Costs

Servicing period

Variable servicing schedule but with optional all-in service packages


Three years unlimited mileage

Road tax (12 months)

£0.00 - £580.00

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered after March 1st 2001 VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions. For cars registered before March 1st 2001 it is based on engine size.

Full running costs data

4.5 out of 5

Green credentials

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CO2 emission figure (g/km)

Fuel economy rating

The arrows indicate the best and worst CO2 bands for this model.

Emissions summary

On the whole BMW X5 emissions are really rather good, but if you want to creep below 150g/km then you’ll need the rear-wheel drive X5 sDrive25d, or if you fancy the plug-in hybrid xDrive40e emissions will be as low as 77g/km. Choose the excellent xDrive four-wheel drive system and that figure creeps up to 154gkm, though the more capable xDrive30d still manages a very reasonable 162g/km.

If you need to save the planet and keep your road tax costs down then the one to avoid is the xDrive50i, the 443bhp petrol V8 chucks out 242g/km. With similar performance, thanks to its extra 90Nm of torque the M50d manages an incredible 177g/km, as well as another 15mpg.

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