I​'ll start with a truth; I did not like the old BMW X5.

S​o, when I got my hands on the new BMW X5 45e hybrid, I was ready to be underwhelmed, despite the obvious upgrades BMW have been making to their range.

W​ell....turns out I was wrong.

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T​he new X5 is excellent.

I​t's bigger than the old model, in fact it's longer than the average UK parking spot. Thankfully the new X5 is packed with so much tech to help you negotiate this beast around the streets you will barely notice. 360 cameras, beepers that keep you from smashing through a wall and blind spot indictors on your mirrors keep you on the straight and narrow.

Y​ou also get radar guided cruise control and it'll practically drive itself aslong as you keep two hands ever so gently on the wheel.

I​n addition to its tech to help you park and avoid things, I have to talk about the driving dynamics.

B​MW, in my opinion, are renowned for one thing, driving feel. The old X5 didn't feel particularly BMW but this new generation SUV is pin point. Pop the 2.5 tonne beast into sport and everything hunkers down and goes all angry.

B​y combining the 100bhp batteries with the 200ish bhp 6 cylinder unit at the front, you get a colossal amount of thrust to shoot you down the road. It is genuinely lovely.

T​he new X5 45e isn't cheap. The model I was testing came in at a cool £75k which puts it up against some tough competition in this segment, including the Range Rover Sport. I'm a Range fan and after having this for 3/4 days, I actually think I'd go for the X5.

S​ure it won't hold its value in the same way a Range Rover will and it doesn't give you the same sense of snobbery but it is a better car.

T​here, I said it.

A​fter spending time with this lovely big cruiser I can say with every confidence, this is all the car you would ever need.

W​hat do you think of the new BMW X5 45e hybrid?

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