Fuel Numbers - 2008 BMW X5 Long-Term Road Test

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2008 BMW X5 V8: Fuel Numbers

March 18, 2008

2008 BMW X5 V8

My last fill up of the BMW X5 cost $75.29. Yikes!

Fuel tank capacity in the X5 is 22.5 gallons. With the fuel warning light on, I put 19.715 gallons of premium into the X5 tank at $3.819.

Two subsequent trips back and forth to work (about 80 miles) and I'm already down to 3/4 of a tank...

Our best tank achieved so far: 17.6 mpg
Our worst tank so far: 13.3 mpg

The V8 BMW X5 with an automatic transmission is rated by the EPA at 14 mpg city / 19 mpg highway.

The average of all our fill ups is currently 16.6 mpg.

If you can afford to spend $68K on a luxury SUV, then I guess you can afford to spend $75 a week (at least) filling it up. But many less expensive SUVs cost just as much to fill up.

When shopping for a vehicle, remember to consider what it really costs to own and maintain before you make a purchase. Edmunds has a handy tool called TCO, True Cost to Own.

TCO factors in depreciation, interest on your loan, taxes and fees, insurance premiums, fuel costs, maintenance, and repairs based on your zip code over a 5-year period. Of course, it can't predict your exact costs but it can give you a good idea of vehicle affordability.

Here are the TCO results for the 2008 BMW X5 V8in our zip code.

TCO tells us the average cost per mile is around $1.25. You can even compare costs to similar vehicles.

Have you used TCO to help with your car purchases?

Tell us how you are coping with the high price of gasoline. Are you driving less? Driving more conservatively?

On a lighter note, here's last night's CA sunset as viewed from the BMW X5:

2008 BMW X5 V8

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor @ 4,149 miles

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