Auto Express - - Winter Driving Special -

WITH so many ta­lented ri­vals in the lux­ury SUV class, it’s easy to over­look the BMW X5. How­ever, while it’s get­ting a lit­tle long in the tooth in terms of de­sign, it still de­liv­ers per­for­mance and ef­fi­ciency that are hard to match.

The 3.0-litre straight-six diesel found in the 30d and 40d mod­els has plenty of pulling power – so they’re ideal for tow­ing – yet both are still ca­pa­ble of 40mpg on a good run. Fac­tor in the spa­cious cabin, and the X5 is still worth con­sid­er­ing if you’re af­ter a lux­ury SUV.

Price range: £48,140-£94,910 Our pick: xdrive30d SE (£53,475) En­gine: 3.0-litre 6cyl diesel, 258bhp Trans­mis­sion: 8-spd auto, per­ma­nent 4WD Top speed: 142mph Econ­omy: 47.9mpg CO2: 156g/km

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