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.
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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

"This is the best cross country road car I have ever owned. It is quiet, tracks perfectly, is very comfortable and has above normal acceleration and handling."

SANDRA M., CO (2013 BMW X5)

"This vehicle has a lot of power with the twin turbo V8 engine, so much fun!"

Anonymous, AB (2013 BMW X5)

"I am hard of hearing and the road noise in the cabin made it almost impossible to have a conversation on the open road. I had a terrible time getting my cellphone to connect to the Bluetooth. The seats are too hard for long rides. The car is absolutely wonderful on icy, snowy roads. I experienced a lot of ice and snow and the control and performance were great. I find the cabin temperature controls very confusing during the hot season. My wife finds the passenger seat to be hard to hard to get"

Anonymous, OR (2013 BMW X5)

"This is one of the best handling cars I have owned, and by far the best handling SUV I have driven. The X5 feels heavy and extremely stable, even when cornering. I do not notice any body roll typical of other mid-size SUVs."

TODD P., NJ (2013 BMW X5)

"The handling is superior to other SUVs that we have owned and make it fun to drive."

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW X5)

"Stands out from rest of SUV's in style. Best performing in suspension without a doubt."

LUIS T., MA (2013 BMW X5)

"Fantastic acceleration, excellent high speed cornering, just fun to drive!"

ROBERT L., UT (2013 BMW X5)

"Very powerful and handles well with the M suspension"

Anonymous, GA (2013 BMW X5)

"Strong acceleration, overly heavy steering."

Greg H., OH (2013 BMW X5)

"I have the twin turbo Diesel engine. Acceleration and overall performance is outstanding. On long freeway trips diesel gets around 24 mpg. Around everyday urban driving gets 21 mpg consistently. Very pleased with the amazing diesel...would definitely buy another one."

James N., CA (2013 BMW X5)

"Super acceleration on demand."

Anonymous, NC (2013 BMW X5)

"Very responsive; quick; excellent handling. Bumpy ride."

Norman S., TX (2013 BMW X5)

"It drives great ! Really a nice ride at speeds up to 120 mph ! Probably great at speeds beyond that but I simply haven't pushed it !"

William S., TX (2013 BMW X5)

"Love the outstanding acceleration"

George O., FL (2013 BMW X5)

"Great torque and mileage for a vehicle this size."

Anonymous, OR (2013 BMW X5)

"good power in acceleration, when necessary; stability in handling is predictable and reliable"

Anonymous, NC (2013 BMW X5)

"Extremely powerful, maintains full speed on steep hills, rapid acceleration allows car to avoid problems on the road."

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW X5)

"Handling is on the heavy side but incredibly precise and stable. Very responsive and agile for its weight. Fantastic acceleration when needed."

Michael-Jeanne M., WA (2013 BMW X5)

"Amazing acceleration on the X5 5.0 version that I drive. Difficult to drive another car with a less powerful engine!"

Anonymous, MI (2013 BMW X5)

"Fastest car I have ever owned. Quick acceleration gives great confidence in traffic. It is a little stiff for my taste, but that is the design the engineers wanted."

Jim C., UT (2013 BMW X5)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"A very comfortable and quiet ride."

Anonymous, MN (2013 BMW X5)

"Not smooth ride"

RICHARD E., GA (2013 BMW X5)

"The seats, climate controls and ride are fine. The run-flat tires are noisy however."

Anonymous, NC (2013 BMW X5)

"very rough riding"

Anonymous, TX (2013 BMW X5)

"Very comfortable, seats have held firmness over time, ride is smooth, road noise is minimal in comparison to other vehicles"

Anonymous, NC (2013 BMW X5)

"Very supportive and comfortable seats. Very quiet."

Greg H., OH (2013 BMW X5)

"Comfort of seats and ride is excellent. Some wind and tire noise at high speed."

James N., CA (2013 BMW X5)

"The X5 is comfortable in every seating location. Passengers are comfortable, and the vehicle is quiet and refined. The AC unit works very well and allows front and rear passengers to control their own climate."

Mel L., CA (2013 BMW X5)

"Seats a little stiff on long rides"

Anonymous, CO (2013 BMW X5)

"the comfort of the BMW X5 is outstanding. The seats are great, the ride is easy and secure, noise is limited."

Joanne B., CA (2013 BMW X5)

"Seats are especially supportive on long rides"

Anonymous, VT (2013 BMW X5)

"Extremely comfortable seats; you don't realize how comfortable until you ride in another car for a period of time. Seats seem to hug you."

Anonymous, MI (2013 BMW X5)


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

What Owners Say

"The 2013 X5 MSRP was 72,000. The 2017 X5 is 78,000. These prices are too expensive. But the car is great. And it is the bigger engine. 5.0. So, it is fast."

Anonymous, NY (2013 BMW X5)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"A very sleek looking SUV that is just the right size with the classic look of a BMW from the front."

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW X5)

"Love it, but maintenance is overpriced at dealership."

LUIS T., MA (2013 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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