BMW X5 / X6 in the used car check: strengths and weaknesses

The large BMW SUVs X5 and X6 are considered gifted curve dancers among their peers. Unfortunately, their chassis is undersized and cannot cope with the heavy weight. The most important information for used car buyers from the AUTO BILD TÜV report!

BMW X5 / X6 (type F15 / F16)

Construction time: 2013 to 2018
Engines: 218 hp (25d) to 575 hp (M)
Price: from 23,500 euros
Occupant safety (Euro NCAP crash test): not tested

BMW X5 xDrive 25d

The automatic transmission is standard equipment in the BMW X5 F15.

That’s him: Hard to believe, but in the development of the BMW X5 and its coupé brother, the X6, economy was actually part of the specifications. Which is why the F15 for the first time also available with four-cylinder and rear-wheel drive – Standard consumption of 5.3 liters of diesel! Otherwise, all-wheel drive is mandatory, iDrive now has gesture control, the automatic (standard) always eight levels and the interior up to seven seats. Processing? Finally arrived in the luxury class, but not quite at Audi level.

BMW X5 in the AUTO BILD used car market

He can do that: Show agility despite an unladen weight of up to 2.3 tonnes and tear kilometers in the most comfortable way. A hybrid serves as an environmental plus; Motor masterpiece, however, is that M50d with triple turbocharging. All diesels meet the Euro 6 standard!
That causes trouble: Apart from the chassis, little, only the panorama roof tends to crackle, crack and let rain. A service campaign concerned the control software, which is supposed to eliminate problems with start-stop and air conditioning. There were recalls because of the electric power steering and security gaps in the connected drive system, which also let unauthorized persons into the car. Already completed: a recall about child safety on the rear doors.

BMW X5 / X6 (type E70 / E71)

Construction time: 2006 to 2013
Engines: 235 PS (3.0d) to 555 PS (M)
Price: from 8500 euros
Occupant safety (Euro NCAP crash test): not tested

BMW X5 30D

The BMW X5 (E70) built from 2006 to 2013 is the second generation of the SUV.

That’s him: 20 centimeters longer and therefore sensibly larger than the very slim predecessor. Finally a class-appropriate space and a third row of seats in the surcharge list, which can only be expected of children. All-wheel and six-speed automatic are standard, from the facelift (June 2010) with eight levels. Improved: the processing. On board as standard: iDrive with eight-inch screen.

BMW X6 in the AUTO BILD used car market

He can do that: Next the BMW among the SUVs, but now also finally have a lot of springiness, which is extremely beneficial for long-distance comfort. Terrain is still not his thing. The three-liter diesel dominates the German market, the BMW used in various gradations from 235 to 381 hp. If you would like to fill up with petrol often and with pleasure, you can do so with the three-liter six-cylinder as well as the 4.4 and 4.8-liter V8. The all-wheel drive system has been called xDrive since 2008 and works electronically.

That causes trouble: Few customer complaints, but some callbacks: Burning diesel filter heater, rear brake discs and stabilizer, breakage of the alternator bracket, power steering leaking, failure of the turbocharger cooling on the V8 turbo.

TÜV judgment

landing gear
Well above average in all years of construction often worn out axle components, with the younger F15 there are also broken springs. In both series, a few defective steering gears, but hardly any tie rods. Rust practically never occurs, the drive shafts are in the middle.
The effect of the The service and parking brake is beyond any doubt in all years, and the brake lines are shiny, and the brake discs prove to be very resistant. The only drawback: defective brake hoses at the fifth HU.
The old man is a wet nose and likes to mark his territory with harmful oil drops. In addition, there are frequent problems at the AU, but the newcomer is also familiar with them. Only the exhaust systems themselves are beyond any doubt.

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