David Motton

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THIS IS ONE car that had the Land Rover Discovery looking over its shoulder. Even with a big twin-axle van behind it, nothing short of an earthquake would shift the X5 off course. In the lane-change test, the X5 was imperious. The ATC unit in the caravan recorded a peak G-reading of 0.75, showing how the caravan followed obediently behind.

Overview

Even with a big twin-axle van behind it, nothing short of an earthquake would shift the X5 off course.

Towing

The diesel engine is one of the strongest on test, with 383lb.ft of torque to call upon. The outfit took just 12.4 seconds to sprint from 30-60mph. Once up to speed, the engine was quiet and wind and road noise were unobtrusive.  

The latest X5 is roomier inside than the old model, with lots of space for five. Sixth and seventh seats are optional, although there’s not as much room for them as in the Discovery.

Everyday driving

For such a big, quick 4x4, the X5 is exceptionally economical. Official figures promise 34.9mpg on the combined cycle. Carbon dioxide emissions are low, too, giving a 2009 road tax bill of £300 – that’s £140 less than many big 4x4s.

Space

For such a big, quick 4x4, the X5 is exceptionally economical. Official figures promise 34.9mpg on the combined cycle. Carbon dioxide emissions are low, too, giving a 2009 road tax bill of £300 – that’s £140 less than many big 4x4s.

Running costs

For such a big, quick 4x4, the X5 is exceptionally economical. Official figures promise 34.9mpg on the combined cycle. Carbon dioxide emissions are low, too, giving a 2009 road tax bill of £300 – that’s £140 less than many big 4x4s.

For such a big, quick 4x4, the X5 is exceptionally economical. Official figures promise 34.9mpg on the combined cycle. Carbon dioxide emissions are low, too, giving a 2009 road tax bill of £300 – that’s £140 less than many big 4x4s.

Technical specs

Engine size2150 cc
Kerbweight1000 kg
85% KW215 kg
Towball limit800 kg
Power546.0 bhp
Torque50.0 lb ft
Official MPG1000 mpg
CO22000 g/km
30-60mph50 seconds
30-0mph1 m

Verdict

5/5: An exceptional towcar, but not as practical as the Discovery.

 

Conclusion

Pros

  • exceptional towcar

Cons

  • Not as practical as the Discovery
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