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, trading some of their sporty feel for a cushier ride. The cabin is luxurious, solid, and quiet, including offering a third-row seat.
Alerts
There are 3 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.
2000
NA
2001
NA
2002
NA
2003
NA
2004
NA
2005
NA
2006
NA
2007
NA
2008
NA
2009
NA
2010
NA
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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.
NA
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.
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?
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

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, trading some of their sporty feel for a cushier ride. The cabin is luxurious, solid, and quiet, including offering a third-row seat. Fit and finish are impeccable, and it's loaded with an array of up-to-date electronic features.

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
  • 2-liter 4 hybrid (308 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbodiesel (255 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (300 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (567 hp)
  • 4.4-liter V8 turbo (445 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 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

Squeaks or rattles

"Dried out padding on the tailgate"

Kevin H., UT (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"There was a rattle coming from under the back seat when the car was moving. The dealership found a loose bracket. They tightened it and the noise went away. I had them look at it during a routine oil change"

Anonymous, NY (2017 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 turbo)

"Front trim, passenger side, was rattling/squeaking."

Anonymous, CT (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Overheating

"The car's overheating warning went off while I was driving and the car lost power even though the temperature gauge did not indicate a problem. I had to have the car towed to the BMW dealership that determined it was a defective water pump. Even though this seemed like a simple repair, it took them 2 weeks to fix the problem"

Eric T., CA (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Water pump

"My car went into overheating mode in the middle of driving up a hill and I could go no faster than a couple of miles per hour even though the temperature gauge did not show that the motor was running hot. It took BMW two weeks to order a new water pump and install it as they determined the water pump was defective"

Eric T., CA (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"My car stopped running (would only go around 5mph) while I was driving so I had to stop and call BMW Assistance. They sent the tow truck to the wrong place. Even though the water pump is a common part, the dealership took over 2 weeks to replace the water pump and they did not replace my vehicle with a like loaner car."

Eric T., CA (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl 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

"Replaced by BMW under warranty."

Anonymous, AZ (2017 BMW X5)
Automatic climate control

"A/C does not cool down car on hot day. Is not powerful enough compared to previous BMW X5 owned."

Anonymous, CT (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Refrigerant leaks

"AC stopped cooling. Evaporator core had to be replaced due to manufacturing defect which caused refrigerant leak."

Anonymous, NM (2017 BMW X5 xDrive50i 4.4-L V8 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

Ball joints

"replaced driver's side ball joint"

Edward O., IL (2017 BMW X5 sDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

"Front strut leaked from the moment we bought the car. Dealer replaced strut without any issues."

J J., CA (2017 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

Display screen goes blank

"At various locations throughout the City of Milwaukee, the entertainment/phone/navigation system will freeze and then automatically reset itself leaving the system useless for a period of 5-10 minutes."

Anonymous, WI (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Software update fixes

"GPS and Phone and presets would recycle and shut down every 6 minutes while I was on a long 600 mile trip. Software had to be reloaded at dealers and I had to reenter every preference."

Anonymous, MA (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 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

Heated or cooled seats

"Some sort of electrical short/failure caused the rear heated seats and the rear climate control to stop working."

Anonymous, TX (2017 BMW X5 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl 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

What Owners Say

Electronic ignition

"It seams like if the x5 3.0 is driven in HEAVY rain, 2 plus inches per hour for more than 1 hour 1.5 to be exact. It will missfire, drop that cyl and go into limp home mode. Solutions, restart, grab lunch, restart let idle to evaporate water and travel on. It's happened twice. I'll add a shield in front of the air intake before the next trip in rainy season."

Larry M., MS (2017 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.

Engine Minor

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

Engine Major

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

Brakes

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

Transmission Minor

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

Drive System

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

Exhaust

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

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.

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.

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