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The X5 delivers refinement, comfort, and a high-quality interior laden with technology. Its 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder, paired to a silky-smooth eight-speed automatic, supplies effortless acceleration and a good 21 mpg overall. In our tests we found the ride to be steady, with handling responsive and secure. The interior is super-quiet and impeccably finished, but the third-row seat is suitable only for kids. BMW's iDrive infotainment system has become more intuitive and, with familiarity, proves logical. Optional safety systems, such as automatic emergency braking, are comprehensive. A 4.4-liter V8 and a diesel are available. A plug-in hybrid with a 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder can drive on electric power for short distances.

See Reliability page for the latest 2017 BMW X5 recalls.

Road Test

Comfortable, refined, and high-tech, the X5 feels a little, well, less BMW-like than previous generations. While still competent and enjoyable to drive, BMW dialed back the sharp handling and taut ride of previous models in the X5's 2014 redesign, tr...


  • Very luxurious and quiet interior
  • Responsive and confident handling


  • Lacks the sporty agility of previous-generation X5s
  • Advanced safety equipment, standard on some competitors, is an expensive option

Best Version to Get

We would choose the standard six-cylinder engine to get the best blend of performance and fuel economy. Most X5s come with the optional Premium package. The $400 backup camera is the only option we consider a must-have, which brings the sticker price to $61,925. Getting blind-spot and forwar...


2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Rust through: 12 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 4 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 hybrid (308 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (300 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbodiesel (255 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (445 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (567 hp)


Comfort / Convenience
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