BMW has increased list prices on this X5, but not by much: an entry-level xDrive30d xLine is about £2000 more expensive than its outgoing ‘F15’-generation equivalent.

An entry-level diesel Volvo XC90 remains about 10% cheaper, but asks you to compromise not just on power but also cylinder count; an equivalent Audi Q7 is slightly cheaper than the BMW; and an equivalent Range Rover Sport is a good 15% more expensive. So now, as before, the X5 is duking it out right at the centre of the premium SUV market. A competitive residual value forecast from CAP should allow it to be priced competitively on a monthly basis.

Simon Davis

Simon Davis

Road tester
The X5 is the newest model here, but can’t quite stand up to the Audi or the Range Rover in terms of residual values

The X5 has a driveline that prefers electronic clutches to proper differentials, a maximum of just over 250mm of ground clearance, and is rated to tow only 1.9 tonnes on a braked trailer – so it’s versatile but not the most ruggedly configured of working 4x4s.

And yet it can certainly be efficient. Our test car returned 43.1mpg on our touring fuel economy run – which, from a near 2.3-tonne six-cylinder diesel SUV, is every bit as frugal as BMW’s best efforts over the past decade.

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