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.
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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

"Great milage for the size vehicle. Very responsive handling"

Anonymous, WV (2018 BMW X5)

"looks, ride, styling,"

E R., VA (2018 BMW X5)

"Smooth acceleration"

Anonymous, NJ (2018 BMW X5)

"very good acceleration"

Dennis K., ON (2018 BMW X5)

"Sport mode is great in heavy traffic (NYC), very responsive."

Frank C., CA (2018 BMW X5)

"My first diesel vehicle and so far am very impressed with the mileage and power."

William K., DC (2018 BMW X5)

"Diesl engine is strong, smooth and quiet.Geat torque, and mpg. Highway get 32 to 34 mpg."

Anonymous, NY (2018 BMW X5)

"Wow! I've had Volvos and Benzs, but I tip my hat to BMW on this accomplishment. "The Ultimate Driving Machine" is not just a marketing ploy, there are so many big and little things that are designed to help the driver. The result is a strong engine (amazing mileage w/ diesel), incredible comfort, minimal road noise, clear heads-up display, stunning handling, and buttons/switches and displays that keep me safe, entertained, and in control. I hope this car lasts forever, because I envy no other car. This is my dream car and the one that meets all of my needs: Home Depot trips, camping, dog trips to vet, 2 hr daily commute, and room for 5 comfortably. Homerun BMW, homerun."

Anonymous, VA (2018 BMW X5)

"With the help of the electric motor on our hybrid version, the acceleration, especially from a dead stop, is really amazing."

Armel M., TX (2018 BMW X5)

"Fantastic acceleration and handling with style, comfort and reliability."

Anonymous, WA (2018 BMW X5)

"Superb vehicle with excellent handling and cruise control."

N W., OH (2018 BMW X5)

"Dry good acceleration, responsive steering and good brakes."

Glenn R., CA (2018 BMW X5)

"Great acceleration for a diesel and great gas mileage"

Tom D., RI (2018 BMW X5)

"It has good handling for an SUV. The transmission is very smooth and I barely notice it changing gears. The acceleration is not that great. My previous car had less horsepower and torque but had quicker acceleration. Also, the car is very quiet except when accelerating at which point it gets loud."

Anonymous, VA (2018 BMW X5)

"So far, it has demonstrated an excellent acceleration and handling for a SUV."

Anonymous, TX (2018 BMW X5)

"great acceleration; superb fuel economy"

Anonymous, MO (2018 BMW X5)

"Great acceleration, road handling and almost 30 mpg overall. We get over 30 mpg on the highway when averaging 80 mph!"

Anonymous, FL (2018 BMW X5)

"The X5 has driving safety features which help my husband drive safely, stay in the lines, monitor speed etc. he has mild cognitive impairment. The head up display for navigation is so helpful. Note he is also part of a driving study sponsored by the neurology dept at a local hospital. He doesn’t care about it, but I feel safer knowing an objective observer is monitoring his driving."

Anonymous, RI (2018 BMW X5)

"Diesel - performance & economy"

Robert D., NV (2018 BMW X5)

"It's a BMW. Nuff said."

Anonymous, TX (2018 BMW X5)

"Compared to previous cars, my X5 has greater acceleration, which I find useful in getting onto Interstate on-ramps and avoiding possible collisions. At higher speeds, the car rides quietly and smoothly."

Kay A., SC (2018 BMW X5)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"My x5 has the upgraded seats. Worth every pennie. Very comfortable."

Jimmybob C., CA (2018 BMW X5)

"Outstanding seats. Great road car."

Anonymous, TX (2018 BMW X5)

"Genuine leather, supportive, multiple adjustments"

Glenn R., CA (2018 BMW X5)

"large ,firm seats"

Dennis K., ON (2018 BMW X5)

"Seat bottoms are harder than I expected though the ability to make adjustments help offset that shortcoming. On long drives they lack the level of cushioning needed for me anyway to stay comfortable"

Anonymous, NE (2018 BMW X5)

"Mostly good- like vehicle: handles well; good ride. One annoying thing. When either the driver's seat and/or front passenger seat is raised to its highest level, the power machinery is completely exposed to the passenger area."

Anonymous, CO (2018 BMW X5)

"Door seal noise at hi way speeds."

Leonard E., MA (2018 BMW X5)

"Quiet ride. Excellent handling"

Anonymous, NJ (2018 BMW X5)

"Seats are quite comfortable and the ride is pretty good, but it is a little bit noisy on the road (maybe the tires?)."

Anonymous, TX (2018 BMW X5)

"Amazing seats - multi contour with ventilation are most comfortable I've ever owned. Vehicle is extremely solid and quiet."

William K., DC (2018 BMW X5)

"Quiet interior, subtle engine roar and smooth ride. Audi seats are better (under leg adjustment)."

Frank C., CA (2018 BMW X5)

"Seats adapt to very closely to the most comfortable position essentially for humans of any size. Seating is a little too stiff for long trips. Quietness of the ride is amazing."

Armel M., TX (2018 BMW X5)

"Driver's seat rack needs to be replaced. It moves slightly at times, eg accelerating, braking."

Anonymous, NY (2018 BMW X5)

"Quiet and luxurious. much better rhan any Tesla!"

Gregory B., CA (2018 BMW X5)

"Seat Comfort, handling, fuel economu"

Mark L., MN (2018 BMW X5)

"The 20-way adjustable seats are very comfortable."

Anonymous, ON (2018 BMW X5)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"Overpriced. You are paying extra for the name brand. This car was $15k more than my previous car and while it is definitely nicer, it is not $15k nicer."

Anonymous, VA (2018 BMW X5)

"much better value than comparable Mercedes"

Mark L., MN (2018 BMW X5)

"With only 12 miles range with the electric motor, the price should be less, not more."

Jimmybob C., CA (2018 BMW X5)

"Engineering excellence, exceptional M series’s performance and handling, style, comfort and value compared to peer group products."

Anonymous, WA (2018 BMW X5)

"excellent machine"

E R., VA (2018 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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