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Since its inception in ’99, the BMW X5 has sold more than 1.3 million units worldwide. Globally, the X5 is said to be the best-selling vehicle in its class and the founder of the Sports Activity Vehicle segment.

Fifteen years on, the X5 has undergone its third-generation upgrade, boasting extensive changes to its interior and exterior, as well as revised engine options and a tweaked AWD system. On the engine front, the X5 sports five power-plant options – the xDrive50i, xDrive35i, xDrive30d, xDrive40d and the M50d.

As the brand’s flagship performance model, the petrol-burning 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo xDrive50i punches out a whopping 330 kW and 650 Nm. What’s more, according to BMW’s test results, the big V8 returns excellent fuel consumption figures, within the 10.5 l/100 km range.

Also in the petrol range, the newly added xDrive35i is a smooth-running straight six, capable of 225 kW, 400 Nm and a claimed 8.5 l/100 km.

If you’re a turbo diesel fan, you’ll be happy to hear that the X5 has multiple engine options to cover a wide range of applications, starting with the superimpressive and highly dynamic M50d.

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