Outstanding diesel fuel economy; sumptuous interior; responsive handling; fully modern technology; third-row seat availability
One of the priciest upscale midsize crossovers; third row is pretty cramped; limited cargo capacity
As long as you don't mind dealing with greasy pump handles from time to time, the xDrive35d's blend of strong torque and family-sedan fuel economy makes it a fine choice.Find a BMW X5 for sale
The X5 is available as the sDrive35i (the s signifies rear-wheel drive), xDrive35i, xDrive35d, xDrive50i and xDrive40e.
The sDrive35i ($54,895) comes standard with 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, LED fog lights, a roof spoiler, a power tailgate, power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors, a universal garage door opener, a power-adjustable steering wheel, leatherette upholstery, 10-way power front seats (heated) 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 ($57,195) 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 ($58,695) substitutes the diesel engine but is otherwise equipped similarly to the xDrive35i.
Arriving October 3, 2016, the xDrive40e ($63,095) should come with quite high levels of standard equipment, although it won't be able to get some options such as the sportier M suspension.
The xDrive50i ($71,695) upgrades to the twin-turbo V8 and adds chrome exterior accents, metallic paint, keyless entry and ignition, 20-way multicontour front seats, leather upholstery, quad-zone climate control, the 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, satellite radio and a rearview camera. Most of the xDrive50i's standard extras are offered on other models as options.
Add-on bundles include the Cold Weather package (heated steering wheel, heated rear seats and heated headlight washers), the Lighting package (LED adaptive headlights with automatic high beams) and the Driver Assistance Plus package (see the Safety section below).
Other options include 20-in wheels, active steering, automated parking assist, soft-close doors, a head-up display, Nappa leather upholstery, adjustable second-row seats, the 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 Luxury Line, xLine and M Sport trim packages, with distinctive aesthetics and numerous customization possibilities.
Cargo space 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 BMW's X3 compact crossover). Normally, hybrid vehicles are expected to offer less cargo space, but BMW quotes 34.2 and 72.5 cu ft. for the 40e.
|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|
2016 Acura MDX -- The third-row seat is also pretty tight, but you get more for your money overall.
2016 BMW X6 -- Yes, this is essentially the same as the X5. But just in case you didn't need quite so much rear-passenger and cargo space and would prefer something with more out-there styling, consider the X6.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class -- The luxury crossover formerly known as the M-Class is refreshed and offers a similar range of models to the X5 and X6.
2016 Porsche Cayenne -- The Porsche Cayenne doesn't have the X5's 3-row versatility but delivers awesome performance and undeniable Porsche cachet.
2016 Volvo XC90 -- It's not particularly a driver's machine, but the XC90 comes with its own cool factor and lots of tech. Integrated child booster seats are available.
Used Land Rover Range Rover -- There's nothing like a Range Rover, and a pristine low-mileage example can be acquired for the price of a new X5.