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Among the changes for the all-new BMW X5 are a front-wheel drive version, known as the sDrive 25d, due early next year and sporting the lowest emissions - 149g/km - the soft-roader has ever had.
It's also the cheapest version at £42,395, although BMW expects it to count for less than 2% of sales and act more as a tempting price point to garner interest. The four-wheel drive version of the same model (the xDrive 25) is likely to be far more popular and only has a 45kg and 5g/km weight/CO2 penalty as a result of the extra two driven wheels.
A healthy amount of new tech is available, including a colour head-up display, full autonomous parking and a night-vision safety system that can detect both humans and animals. Space has also been improved - seven seats are an option, as before, but there's also 30 litres of extra boot capacity and you can't argue with the room in the back.
granitekitchen tested the top-spec M50d, which, while not quite as extravagant as the xDrive50 that has a 449hp 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine, is about as plush a variant as a fleet could want. It's packing a 381hp 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine and, despite, its proportions, is seriously rapid. It's good for 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds.
As is often the case with cars that have been subjected to BMW's Efficient Dynamics treatment, mpg and CO2 seem to belie the performance and, in this case, the size and weight of the X5, too. Quick and heavy as it is, it emits 177g/km and returns an official 42.2mpg, which is astounding given what else it's capable of.
It may not be cheap, but the BMW's costs at 128.5p look healthy next to those of its rivals. A Porsche Cayenne S 4.2D can pip it at £58,243 and 120.4ppm, but the firm is renowned for poor equipment levels, while the X5 trounces the Audi Q7 4.2 TDI 340 S-line, at £60,205 and 138.1ppm.