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Quick, agile and well-appointed, this iteration of the BMW X5 was available with either gasoline or diesel powerplants, so we tested one of each. Base models were updated with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. This brought improved acceleration and fuel economy. The X5 is sporty to drive, with capable braking and handling. But a stiff and choppy ride counts against it.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph (sec.) 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
NA
2001
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2002
NA
2003
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2004
NA
2005
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2006
NA
2007
NA
2008
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2009
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2010
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
2000
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2001
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2002
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2003
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2004
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2005
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2006
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2007
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2008
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Front side and head protection air bags standard; rear side available.
Road Test

Quick, agile and well-appointed, this iteration of the BMW X5 was available with either gasoline or diesel powerplants, so we tested one of each. Base models were updated with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission. This brought improved acceleration and fuel economy. The X5 is sporty to drive, with capable braking and handling. But a stiff and choppy ride counts against it. Overly heavy steering can also be a hindrance at low speeds, or when parking. Some controls are confusing too. The third-row seat is suited only for children.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (300 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbodiesel (265 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (400 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (555 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2013 BMW X5 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

“ipod needs to be reset quite often. not sure if the problem lies with the ipod or the car. but it does the same thing with different ipods”

John I., CA (2013 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“The GPS system is so unreliable - on a 5,000 mile xcountry trip it lost stored locations 3 times, system missed turns by 400 to 600 ft. requiring U -turns, system unable to find locations that had not changed in 40 yrs.guidance would take y through”

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“phone has to be re-paired with car every 6 months or so”

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW X5 M 4.4-L V8 turbo)

“consistent difficulties getting the phone book to fully upload to the car”

John I., CA (2013 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

“phone partially pairs. Can accept incoming calls on bluetooth, cannot make outgoing calls”

Lisa T., CA (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Radio

“Sat radio looses authorization and then gains it back again. Off and On and Off and On again”

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW X5 M 4.4-L V8 turbo)

“Sirius radio won't acquire signal. Dealer has worked on issue more than 10 times without resolution”

Anonymous, PA (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“Sirius radio won't acquire signal”

Anonymous, PA (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Speakers

“One of the speakers cracked at some DBs”

Anonymous, OR (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“the speaker Made a noise similar to the one a microphone makes when it gets close to a speaker. This noise was on and off for few days then one time the noise got louder and a loud pop followed by a burning smell that disappeared gradually. Took it to the dealer to find out that the speaker on ther rear passenger door behind the driver is dead. And it was replaced under warranty”

Anonymous, NE (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“catalytic converter replaced due to engine light on and NO EMISSIONS HIGH”

Anonymous, NY (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Fuel injection system

“Stall's, loss of power - SUV has been in for service over 4 weeks from purchase date of 6/27/12. Replaced plugs, injectors, battery, timing chain, all crank case hoses, intake gaskets, Air intake hoses, GPS & Radio system [ all miles are HWY & City”

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

“The Diesel additive system failed”

Julianna S., CT (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Fuel pump

“Failed twice. On third high pressure fuel pump”

Norman S., TX (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“fuel pump failed, began to disintegrate. left particles in fuel system requiring a fuel system rebuild/rehab”

Mark C., NC (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“The sensor went out and diesel additive was not being mixed into gas tank properly”

Julianna S., CT (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“Two O2 sensors have failed and been replaced since I purchased this car Dec 1 2016 as a CPO vehicle. The vehicle's history shows that one of the two sensors that I had to have replaced had already been replaced just 4000 miles earlier...Additionally, an NOX sensor was replaced prior to my purchase of the vehicle”

Anonymous, CT (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“My husband's BMW X5 was in for service, which I do not recall for which, and upon getting the car back he noticed that the AC was not as efficient as it used to be. I think he had it repaired since”

Micheline A., CA (2013 BMW X5 Unsure 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“air conditioner won't turn on in hot weather”

Anonymous, PA (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“Heater Control Valve failed”

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Drivers side had no heat”

Norman S., TX (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Won't cool adequately. System also quits throwing cold air”

Anonymous, PA (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“Motor failed”

Anonymous, NY (2013 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

“covered under warranty; cost would have been + $7,000”

Tom T., NC (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Cooling fan

“cooling fan stopped working”

Heidi Z., IL (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

“Water pump failed at about 13,000 mi. Had to be towed to the dealer”

Lou D., LA (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Water pump went at 40,000 miles”

Anonymous, OH (2013 BMW X5 Unsure 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Overheating

“Today the warning lights came on for overheating. Car was towed to shop”

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Left stranded on the interstate”

Anonymous, OH (2013 BMW X5 Unsure 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Windows missing felt. Doors not properly aligned in frame”

Anonymous, PA (2013 BMW X5 M 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

“Hatchback latch doesn't seem to close tight. This causes the squeaks”

David M., PA (2013 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

“Somehow coins get "lost" in the center console that requires the entire dash/console to come out to retrieve. BMW cannot figure out how coins can enter the area. They will continuously roll around and drive you mad”

Andrea S., AZ (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

“Rear portion of back lift-gate rattles and is not typical "BMW quality"”

Anonymous, IN (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Tire pressure monitor

“TPM alert went on and off several times across a week. We verified that tire pressure was correct. Took to dealer for inspection. They replaced multiple faulty sensors”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i Sport 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Faulty switch triggered the warning light. Was correct immediately”

Anonymous, MI (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

“You touch door handle to lock/unlock doors. One failed, one is not reliable”

Michael D., WA (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

“Rear differential failed...I was told there was metal in the differential fluid due to the damage...this happened with only 15,000 miles on the car...BMW said most likely a factory defect”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

“Another recall and no new parts to replace defective parts”

Dennis O., IL (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Recalled by BMW. No replacement part available. Now waiting 4 months”

Sandra M., CO (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Sunroof

“Cover will not close”

Anonymous, NC (2013 BMW X5 Unsure 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“The mechanical mechanism that opens and closes the panoramic sunroof jammed and the sunroof became stuck in an open position. It was repaired under warranty, but the dealer needed 10 days to complete the repair”

Anonymous, CT (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Auto close/open required repair”

Anonymous, NC (2013 BMW X5 Unsure 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

“Loud noise when breaking. Replaced the brakes and rotors”

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Sensors were off and replaced. Brakes wore after 12K miles”

Anonymous, IN (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“After a brake fluid service. Loud screaming”

Anonymous, SK (2013 BMW X5 Unsure 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

“rotted from salt”

Anonymous, CT (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Their was an oil leake from underneath the car. Up on raising the car and close inspection at the dealer. It turned out that it was coming from the steering pump. The had to replace it which is very expensive, but it was under their 5 years warranty so it coast me nothing”

Anonymous, NE (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

“wood paneling on drivers door had stress cracks in it...it was replaced”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 BMW X5 xDrive35i Premium 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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