With this redesign, BMW dialed back the sharp handling and taut ride of previous models, trading some of their sporty feel for a cushier ride that makes it seem, well, less BMW-like. The cabin is now more luxurious, solid, and quiet. Fit and finish are impeccable and it's loaded with an array of up-to-date electronic features.
Alerts
There are 4 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 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.
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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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
NA
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
NA
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
NA
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.
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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?
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

With this redesign, BMW dialed back the sharp handling and taut ride of previous models, trading some of their sporty feel for a cushier ride that makes it seem, well, less BMW-like. The cabin is now more luxurious, solid, and quiet. Fit and finish are impeccable and it's loaded with an array of up-to-date electronic features. The result is a very comfortable, refined, and high-tech SUV, although one that's less engaging to drive than previous X5s.

The generous list of standard equipment doesn't include a backup camera, which is inexcusable at this price. Our X5 had the optional Driver Assistance Plus package, which includes several active safety systems that can even brake the vehicle when needed to avoid an accident.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
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.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (300 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbodiesel (255 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (445 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 BMW X5 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

"Water was leaking from the roof and draining to the drivers side floor"

Cindy S., NY (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"The weather stripping around the drivers and passenger side doors is not airtight and makes a constant wind noise"

David K., MA (2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Driver's door needed rubber weather stripping replaced by dealer due to excessive air leaks and wind noise."

Anonymous, RI (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Excessive wind noise near left ear, shoulder and arm penetrating the driver's side door seal at speeds between 55 and 70 mph. (This is not mirror-induced wind noise, because it continues even with the side mirror folded in and the noise is not replicated on the front passenger side of the vehicle.)"

Mark M., RI (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"There was a problem with the rear lift gate that was supposedly fixed, but there is still an intermittent rattling that can't be identified"

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"hatch creaks turning out of driveway slightly"

Thomas M., CA (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"General rattles from rear compartment over semi-rough roads. Seems pronounced for a new and luxury car"

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"an rear passenger rattle with it unfixable"

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"All 14 Harman Kardon speakers and the entire roof lining were replaced because of the incessant rattling of the speakers and the "buzzing" noise coming from inside the cabin. Door panels were also removed and the entire car was re insulted to stop th"

Steve S., CA (2014 BMW X5)

"Rattles in back seat. Disappointing for a BMW, expected for a lesser vehicle."

Anonymous, IL (2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Driver seat noise"

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Center console and iDrive interface squeaks in higher temperatures. Dealer has tride to fix twice."

Anonymous, CO (2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Wind noise

"at freeway speeds, minor"

Thomas M., CA (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Driver door wind noise"

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

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

Backup or other camera/sensors

"Passenger side camera stopped working. Dealer unable to fix. Working with BMW US on a solution"

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"backup sensor goes on almost every time I full stop"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Backup camera has stopped working. Rear bumper needs to be disassembled to repair."

Brian C., ON (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Display screen goes blank

"the screen went dark 2 weeks after warranty period expired. while I was more than 20,000 miles the warranty expiration for mileage. I had to pay $1800 for the screen computer replacement"

Timothy G., CA (2014 BMW X5 sDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"Known problem with connecting a smartphone via the USB port in the center console. It randomly looses connection. Online forums say there is a problem with insufficient amperage to the USB port in the center console. It's not all the time, but intermittent. Probably 15% of the time it disconnects."

Anonymous, AE (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"DOES NOT DISPLAY OBJECTS IN HEADS UP DISPLAY FROM INFERED CAMERA< ONLY IN NAV SCREENE IS DANGEROUS AND IS A DISTRACTION"

Anonymous, VA (2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"unable to input addresses to navigation system & some addresses not found by navigation system. All addresses easily inputted and found by 8 year old Garmin"

Karl J., WA (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"I ordered the vehicle with every possible option. One of those options was the phone integration system which was a $2100 option. However, the BMW Apps software was never added to the order as the previous year it was included and salesperson did n"

Timothy G., CA (2014 BMW X5 sDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The phone pairing feature will routinely drop our phones from the bluetooth system, requireing us to go through the procedure of re-pairing and re-connecting our phones to the vehicle's system. Both of our phones pair and connect flawlessly with the systems in our other vehickes."

Karl J., WA (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel controls

"could not engage cruise control or lane assist functions"

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW X5 sDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"Not understanding. Slow response time. Frustrating"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 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

Electronic or air suspension

"Repeated "drivetran malfunction" messages from car. Dealer unable to fix"

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Sensor malfunction on active suspension"

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Rear air suspension collapsed. Repaired under warranty. Then collapsed again within weeks. Repaired again. Whole experience took more than six weeks."

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Air springs reached the end of their natural life and had to be replaced. When they failed, rear of vehicle dropped and rough roads made it undriveable."

Robert R., NC (2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"both rear air bags for the suspension gave up, leaving the vehicle uneven and extremely bouncy"

Marcial D., MA (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Steering rack replaced"

Robert H., TX (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel vibration

"Noise and vibration only on left turns"

Robert H., TX (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Wheel balance

"continual loss of air in one tire"

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"AC compressor would stop working and fan would not blow any air. It's as if it "froze up." Had it in to BMW dealer twice for repairs. Second time they fixed it due to a directive from BMW for 2014 X 5 cars"

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW X5 sDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"the AC was not working and when I took it to the dealer they discovered the water valve needed to be changed"

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"There is a leak in the ac system"

Anonymous, UT (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Automatic climate control

"The air-conditioning system is simply inadequate. The automatic choice does not deliver sufficiently cool air. Manual settings don't get the job done either. For a car of this price I expect set it and forget it and BMW does not deliver. The A/C is a CONSTANT disappointment. I am told BMW has known this for several model releases and has chosen to not improve the A/C. VERY bad. I do not want another X5."

Anonymous, TX (2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Blower (fan) motor

"In preceding comments, I mentioned fan would stop blowing when system froze. If we turned off AC, the fan would blow again. Then we could "thaw" it out. Sometimes temp would reach 85 in the car. It is now fixed and works very well"

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW X5 sDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Evaporator

"was leaking, had to be replaced"

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW X5 sDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"AC stopped working dealer said leak could be around O rings but did not find leak he could fix. I feel the problem will come back"

Larry H., TN (2014 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)

"There were multiple failures of the Diesel emissions system. It was a combination of sensors and DEF system. Dealer fixed it under warranty but it was in the shop for a few days"

Jesse C., MN (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Check engine light. No drivability issues. Took 3 total visits to dealer and over 2 months for parts before problem was resolved. Resolution completely satisfactory. Loaner car provided for all dealer visits"

Anonymous, PA (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"On the diesel model there was/is a problem with a certain emission system being susceptible to freezing, causing the vehicle to go into limp mode."

Anonymous, SD (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"EGR valve failed. It was replaced under warrantee. Runs flawlessly again. Love it! Diesel engine"

Anonymous, IL (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Fuel injection system

"All six injectors had to be replaced."

Brian C., ON (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Corporate BMW directed dealership to replace the complete fuel system. Total cost would have been $16K but everything was covered by the warranty. Out of pocket expense was $0"

Anonymous, TN (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"problem was with a discolored trim piece, not a loose trim piece. BMW dealer would not replace trim piece until I went to the BMW corporate level with my concerns"

Karl J., WA (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Door trim discolored and doesn't line up. Sloppy install."

Anonymous, CO (2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"CHEAP PLASTIC ATTACHED WITH CHEAP SCREWS AROUND SEATS> HOLDS SEAT CONTROLS AND BREAKS WHEN YOU EXIT CAR. COSTLY TO REPAIR EACH TIME"

Anonymous, VA (2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Seat belt retaining clip broke"

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint scratches very easily, poor hardness. Dealer claims it is the new water based Eco paints"

Tasso K., QC (2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 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

Doors or sliding doors

"The soft close feature for the doors has failed repeatedly. The soft close door latches have been replaced 3 times and the doors still partially open at times."

Karl J., WA (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Locks and latches

"The keyless locking system does not work correctly. I'll have the key in my pocket but it won't open a passanger or rear door, or something the hatch. Very, very annoying!"

David K., MA (2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Rear driver side passenger door. Called dealer at 9am. They said bring car in at 10:15 AM. The repair (defective actuator was replaced) and complete diagnosis was finished at 11:30 AM. The dealer also washed the car. There was no charge to me"

George W., NJ (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Front driver's door and both rear passenger doors opened suddenly when myself or a rear passenger leaned on the door. BMW denied there was a problems but replaced all the locks and latches on all four doors. The problem stopped after that. Someone co"

Steve S., CA (2014 BMW X5)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"During below zero weather, after I drove car for awhile and parked it for twenty minutes, I was unable to start it. Eventually got it started with an array of warning lights on dash. Was told problem was caused by a "power distribution module" that w"

Anonymous, MN (2014 BMW X5 sDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Oil leaks

"Oil Filter Housing Gasket Leaking Engine Oil. Covered by extended warranty; would have cost nearly $800 without extended warranty. Internet research indicates this is common problem for years and service adviser said similar thing. Ridiculous that BMW hasn't corrected it."

Anonymous, MD (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Damaged gasket/seal"

Luis A., PR (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Gasket failed. NOT covered HT Platinum BMW extended warranty. $450!"

Robert R., NC (2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Both front calipers seized up while driving."

Brian C., ON (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)

"Right Front caliper seized."

Brian C., ON (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Premature brake wear

"Uneven break wear without explanation on causes"

Ivaylo U., MN (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Exhaust manifold

"The exhaust system has a recall under way, altho very slowly. The issue is the engine can smoke badly and possibly catch on fire. We need to drive 2200 miles across the country to our summer home and BMW is dragging their feet on fixing the problem. Thus, we are at risk of being stranded for a lengthy time along our 2200 mile trek with a car loaded with luggage and other items. Incredibly bad customer service. Net: The ultimate driving machine is unfit for a road trip."

Anonymous, TX (2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Other/unsure

"Too involved. Takes attention of the road. Voice commands system miss understands most times takes too long to respond"

Anonymous, NJ (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"I locked up. Couldn't even start the car. Updated chip and no probLems since"

Anonymous, WY (2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"There is a jump/catch in the transmission when letting off the accelerator more noticeable at low velocity though it is still evident at higher velocity as well"

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)
Transmission computer

"I am not sure if this is a transmission problem, but the car doesn't always turn off with the "turn off" button is pressed. I have walked away from the car several times thinking it was off, only to find out it was still running. The button sometimes"

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW X5)

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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Computer reprogramming to make exterior lights function"

Donald S., NH (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35d 3.0-L 6 Cyl diesel)
Keyless entry

"antenna for keyless entry in rt rear fender well mysteriously broke after the 12 month service"

Gary B., VA (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"“Engine coolant low” indicator came on and I topped it off, only to have it drain out. Required $750 repair. I was told that they were designed to fail at 50k miles, which is the end of the warranty"

Anonymous, GA (2014 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Turbo or supercharger

"Turbo valve failed causing engine power to drop and car going into a constant alarm to take to dealer immediately"

Anonymous, VA (2014 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

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

Drive System

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

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