Outstanding diesel fuel economy; sumptuous interior; responsive handling; fully modern technology; available third-row seat
One of the priciest midsize crossovers; third row is pretty cramped; limited cargo capacity
Following a full redesign last year, the X5 is essentially unchanged. See the 2015 BMW X5 models for sale near you
The xDrive35d's combination of dump-truck torque and family-sedan fuel economy makes it an easy choice in our book, as long as you don't mind dealing with greasy pump handles from time to time. Find a BMW X5 for sale
The 2015 X5 is available in four trim levels: sDrive35i (the "s" signifies rear-wheel drive), xDrive35i, xDrive35d and xDrive50i.
The sDrive35i ($54,150) comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, LED fog lights, a roof spoiler, a power tailgate, auto-dimming mirrors, a universal garage door opener, a power-adjustable steering wheel, leatherette upholstery, 10-way power front seats with driver memory functions, dual-zone automatic climate control, iPod/USB and Bluetooth connectivity, a 9-speaker audio system (including two subwoofers) and the iDrive infotainment system with navigation, 20 gigabytes of audio storage and a 10.2-in high-resolution screen.
The xDrive35i ($56,450) adds all-wheel drive, hill descent control and eligibility for the Dynamic Handling package, which includes adaptive dampers, active roll resistance and a rear air suspension.
The xDrive35d ($57,950) adds the diesel engine but is otherwise equipped similarly to the xDrive35i.
The xDrive50i ($70,050) upgrades to the twin-turbo V8 and adds 19-in wheels, chrome exterior accents, metallic paint, keyless entry and ignition, 20-way multicontour front seats, leather upholstery and a rearview camera.
Most of the xDrive50i's standard extras are offered on lesser models as options. Notable add-on bundles include the Cold Weather package (heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and headlight washers), the Lighting package (LED adaptive headlights with automatic high beams) and the Driver Assistance Plus package (see Safety below).
Available exclusively on the xDrive50i is the Executive package (power-closing doors, a leather dashboard, rear sunshades, ceramic controls, head-up display, quad-zone climate control and 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound), though many of its contents can be added to the other models a la carte or as part of lesser packages. Other options include 20-in wheels, Nappa leather upholstery, adjustable second-row seats, a top-of-the-line Bang & Olufsen audio system (with a motorized center speaker that rises to the occasion) and a rear-seat entertainment system with twin 9.2-in monitors, adaptive cruise control and a third-row seat (which comes with the rear air suspension).
There are also three trim-package lines to choose from: the Luxury Line, xLine and M Sport, with distinctive aesthetics and numerous customization possibilities.
Cargo space in the X5 measures 23 cu ft. behind the second-row seats and 66 cu ft. with the rear seatbacks folded down. That's less room than most midsize crossovers provide (and not much more than you'll find in BMW's X3 compact crossover).
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
Acura MDX -- The MDX's third-row seat is also pretty tight, but you get more for your money overall.
Dodge Durango -- The far cheaper Durango is an excellent all-around vehicle with a high-quality interior, a roomy third row and available HEMI V8 power.
Used Land Rover Range Rover -- There's nothing like a Range Rover for making a first impression, and you can get a pristine low-mileage example for the price of a new X5.