Automotive Grade Urea used to manufacture AdBlue is produced from natural gas. The current conflict with Ukraine/Russia and subsequent sanctions imposed, have caused the price of natural gas to soar and has again reached a record high.European Urea manufacturers have already started to take the decision to implement either plant shutdowns or reduce production because the cost of production is too high. This in turn has led to the cost of urea and therefore AdBlue once again rising in price.

How much AdBlue® will a BMW use?

Before purchasing a new diesel BMW it is a good idea to do some research on the amount of AdBlue® your vehicle will use. A lot like MPG, the amount of AdBlue® required for every day use will vary depending on a number of factors. 

Currently AdBlue® will only work at a higher temperature, so on shorter journeys you will actually use less or even no AdBlue®. For more information on AdBlue® temperatures visit our web page here. In addition to this drivers with a more aggressive style of driving will increase their AdBlue® consumption.


Please see below a guide to the approx amount of AdBlue® your BMW will use.

BMW X5AdBlue® Tank Size 15 litresAnnual consumption of AdBlue® based on 20k per annum is approx 30 litres of AdBlue® (almost 2 tanks)

Engine SizesM50d-381hpxDrive-40d-313hpxDrive-30d-258hpxDrive-25-231hps-drive-25d-231hp

The AdBlue® tank of your X5 is located in the engine compartment on the passenger side.


BMW X6AdBlue® Tank Size 12 litresAnnual consumption of AdBlue® based on 20k per annum is approx 24 litres of AdBlue®.

Engine SizesxDRive-30d-258chxDrive-40d-313chM50d

The tank of your X6 is located in the engine compartment on the passenger side

BMW 5 SeriesAdBlue® Tank Size 12 litresAnnual consumption of AdBlue® based on 20k per annum is approx 30 litres of AdBlue®.

Engine SizesM550d-xDrive535d-xDrive-313hp535d-313hp530d-xDrive-258hp530d-258hp525-xDrive-218hp525-218hp

The AdBlue® tank on your 5-Series saloon is located in the fuel filler compartment next to the diesel filler cap.

BMW 7 SeriesAdBlue® Tank Size 12 litresAnnual consumption of AdBlue® based on 20k per annum is approx 30 litres of AdBlue®.

Engine Sizes730d-265hp740d-320hp

The AdBlue® tank of your 7-series Saloon is located in the fuel filler compartment next to the diesel filler cap.

Click here to view the approx AdBlue® usage for Audi diesel vehicles