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We liked the 2007-2013's X5's handling, smooth engine, comfortable seats and impeccable fit and finish. But overall, we think the complicated controls and stiff suspension will frustrate most buyers. A turbodiesel is available.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

“The vehicle was always stiff and heavy until I recently replaced the awful and expensive run-flat tires with Michelins. Now it rides like a car. Acceleration has a slight delay but when it kicks in, it flies.”

PIERGIORGIO B., ON (2011 BMW X5)

“Next to my 550, this is the best handling and fastest vehicle I have ever driven.”

Anonymous, GA (2011 BMW X5)

“Acceleration”

Anonymous, SC (2011 BMW X5)

“Drives like a dream. Absolutely love driving the X5.”

Anonymous, MI (2011 BMW X5)

“good road feel and highway driving”

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW X5)

“Great performance with diesel engine, acceleration is phenomenal and fuel mileage is exception for a large car. iDrive system is a joke, they should just buy a Garmin and stick it in the dash.”

A G., NC (2011 BMW X5)

“Very strong acceleration and great handling for a SUV”

MICHAEL G., CA (2011 BMW X5)

“Car is easy to drive, gets good gas mileage. Comfortable interior, lots of room. I like to sit up high, especially during rainy weather, which makes driving easier.”

Anonymous, OR (2011 BMW X5)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

“great fit for the body and great seat heater”

KEVIN K., CT (2011 BMW X5)

“Could be a better navigation system. There's no way to set routes in the system. Love the interior of the vehicle, tho.”

Anonymous, OR (2011 BMW X5)

“Split open tail gate”

DMITRY M., CA (2011 BMW X5)

“Drivers seat broke down after 50,000 miles and had to be replaced. Even with a replacement seat, comfort is marginal.”

ROBERT M., VA (2011 BMW X5)

“Most comfortable seats ive ever experienced the clmate control is excellent it rides quietly but its a stiffer sporty ride”

Anonymous, NC (2011 BMW X5)

“BMW does not offer adjustable shoulder belts. As a result the harness rubs into my wife's neck. We had to get an ugly sheep's wool contraption to cover the harness. In addition the car does not have power steering, which we did not know when we bought it.”

DAVID M., MD (2011 BMW X5)

“A/C is very poor. It is loud and it doesn't supply ample air.”

JUDY K., TX (2011 BMW X5)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

NA

What Owners Say

“This is an X5d or diesel. I think it's superior in most way and should be the fuel used for SUV. I generally pay less that premium unleaded by about 5-10%. Problem is every oil change the DEF must be changed. If you go to the dealership, they want $100 for the DEF! Outrageous. You must have you computer serviced for every oil change or it will tell you didn't change your DEF and the car won't start. My ERG sensor in the diesel reservoir died. Had to be replaced. $3000 from the dealer. The sens”

JUSTIN T., TX (2011 BMW X5)

“This vehicle has amazing comfort and performance, but is totally unreliable, we have broken down on 2 road trips and missed New Years Eve due to another breakdown.”

BRIAN R., NC (2011 BMW X5)

“My X5 is a diesel. The vehicle is solid and agile especially now that I have replaced the useless and expensive run-flat tires which made the ride stiff. The diesel is a gem for long drives but clumsy in the city. Now that the vehicle is getting older, replacement parts are very expensive. I just spent $5000 to replace air springs and bushings and regular maintenance. I am less than impressed with the dealer service dept. I would not buy another X5.”

PIERGIORGIO B., ON (2011 BMW X5)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

“Very unique looking so you can feel it from all the other vanilla SUVs oiut”

Anonymous, SC (2011 BMW X5)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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