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2023 BMW X5: Choosing the Right Trim

BMW has spruced up both the exterior and cabin of the 2023 BMW X5. The Bavarian carmaker hasn’t released details of the updates. However, spy photos indicate a freshened grille, headlights, bumpers, and new taillights. Note: The photos displayed in this Autotrader Trim Review show the 2022 BMW X5.

Inside, we fully expect the 2023 BMW X5 to follow other updated models and sport the BMW Curved Display. This 20-plus-inch display consists of two screens: one is a digital gauge cluster and the other a vast infotainment touchscreen. The brain tasked with running all of this is BMW’s iDrive 8 operating system.

A three-powertrain lineup still propels the five X5 models, divvied up according to trim level. In lockstep with the X3 for 2023, the X5 sDrive40i and xDrive40i get a turbocharged inline-6-cylinder mild-hybrid (MHEV) powertrain.

A twin-turbo V8 supplies the thrust for the M50i. The track-ready BMW X5 M uses the twin-turbo V8, but it’s re-tuned for more horsepower. The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) xDrive45e marries a turbocharged inline-6 engine with an 83kW electric motor.

An 8-speed automatic transmission transfers power to the wheels. All grades, save the sDrive40i, provide standard all-wheel drive (AWD). The sDrive40i is rear-wheel drive (RWD) only.

Launching BMW into the SUV (or “sports activity vehicle” in BMW-speak) arena in 1999, the X5 continues to set the pace for midsize luxury crossovers. Lining up against competitors like the Audi Q7, Lexus RX, and Acura MDX, the South Carolina-built X5 pulls together performance, comfort, and technology into one overachieving package.

2023 BMW X5 sDrive40i
(starting at $61,600)

At the heart of the sDrive40i and xDrive40i is a new MHEV system with a 335-horsepower 3.0-liter inline-6 engine married to a 48-volt starter/generator. The electric element allows for short bursts of extra horsepower when accelerating. There are no government mileage estimates yet.

You can easily tailor the driving experience to your preference with selectable modes like Comfort, Eco Pro, and Sport.

The base price includes 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in run-flat tires and LED exterior lights (auto-on/off headlights, taillights, fog lights, and daytime running lights). A panoramic power moonroof, high-beam assist, and dynamic dampers are also standard. Heated auto-dimming outboard mirrors are included, too.

Inside, BMW treats you to heated 16-way power-adjustable front seats, faux-leather upholstery, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Also included are proximity keyless entry and push-button start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a hands-free power rear liftgate.

The roundup of infotainment features kicks off with the BMW Curved Display and its expansive touchscreen. A 10-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and satellite-radio capability are also standard.

Providing an enhanced display of systems and controls, Live Cockpit Pro, along with navigation, is also included.

Active Driving Assistant is a bundle of safety and driver aid technologies. Among them are a forward-collision warning with low-speed automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-departure warning. Front-rear park assist and rear cross-traffic alert are also included.

Options and Price

You may pump up the features with any one of several options. For example, the Driving Assistance Professional Package ($1,700) gains you extended traffic-jam assist and adaptive cruise control. Also included are lane-keeping assist with steering assist, automatic lane change, and front cross-traffic alert. Automatic Lane Change allows the car to change lanes itself if the adjacent lane is clear by simply engaging the appropriate turn signal.

Adding the Parking Assistance Package ($800) installs a surround-view camera, a drive recorder, and Parking Assistant Plus.

Adding the $995 destination fee to the sDrive40i base price brings the total to $62,595. With no money down, financing for 60 months at 3% interest works out to about $1,125 per month. See 2023 BMW X5 sDrive40i models for sale

2023 BMW X5 sDrive40i includes:

MHEV system – Using a turbocharged inline-6 engine and a 48-volt starter/generator, this mild-hybrid system should deliver improved fuel economy over the previous 40i gas-only engine.

Proximity keyless entry – If the key fob is on your person, the doors automatically unlock when you approach. Push-button start is paired with it.

Power-adjustable front seats – With 16-way power adjustments, these heated seats are wrapped in faux leather.

2023 BMW X5 xDrive40i
(starting at $63,900)

Besides the X5 xDrive40i’s Intelligent AWD, which automatically sends engine torque to the wheel or wheels with grip, it provides the same content and options as the sDrive40i.

Adding the destination fee to the X5 xDrive40i’s base price totals $64,895. Financing for 60 months at 3% interest with no money down works out to a monthly payment of about $1,166. See 2023 BMW X5 xDrive40 models for sale

2023 BMW X5 xDrive45e
(starting at $65,700)

2023 BMW X5 xDrive45e in white.

The PHEV xDrive45e pairs a turbocharged inline-6-cylinder engine with an 83-kW electric motor. Its electric-only range is as much as 31 miles. When operating only on electric, its government-estimated mileage is 50 MPGe. Once the electrons are exhausted, the numbers are 19 mpg city/22 mpg highway/20 mpg combined.

For the most part, the BMW X5 xDrive45e is equipped like the xDrive40i. It does gain a 2-axle air suspension, along with a couple of items related to the MHEV powertrain.

The available options are also similar to the xDrive40i.

Adding the destination fee to the X5 xDrive45e base price equals $66,695. At 3% interest for 60 months, financing with no money down works out to approximately $1,198 per month. See 2023 BMW X5 xDrive45e models for sale

2023 BMW X5 M50i
(starting at $85,400)

2023 BMW X5 M50i in blue.

BMW stuffs a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 under the hood of the M50i. It generates 532 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. The EPA puts its mileage at 16 mpg/22 mpg/18 mpg. It can tow up to 7,200 pounds.

Building on the xDrive40i, the M50i adds a load of performance features and a few convenience items. Leading off are 20-inch alloy wheels, an M Sport Differential, Adaptive M Suspension Professional, and an M Sport Steering Wheel. Adaptive cruise control and an aerodynamic kit are also included.

A head-up display, Gesture Control, and quad-zone automatic climate control add to the safety and convenience content. Heated/ventilated 20-way power-adjustable front seats, adaptive LED headlights, and heat for the armrests and steering wheel are also included. Capping off the standard equipment is a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, wireless phone charging, and Wi-Fi capability.

You can still pick up the Driving Assistance Professional Package and the Parking Assistance Package.

Adding the $995 destination fee to the M50i base price brings the total to $86,395. Financing for 60 months with no money down at 3% interest works out to a monthly payment of about $1,552. See 2023 BMW X5 M50i models for sale

2023 BMX X5 M50i includes:

Rocking V8 – It’s 532 hp from a twin-turbo V8 possessing BMW M components.

Wi-Fi hot spot – A 4G LTE hot spot allows passengers to stream and share online via their smartphones.

M Sport Differential – Engine torque is evenly divided between the rear wheels, and the system compensates for any rotational speed difference.

2023 BMW X5 M
(starting at $108,900)

2023 BMW X5 M in blue.

BMW takes a crack at making the M50i track-ready with the M. And hey, the M is only $23,500 more. We think the M50i is more car than most of us will ever need or want, but it’s not our money.

BMW works some magic on the M50i’s twin-turbo V8, boosting the pony count by another 68 to 600 hp. Why not spend another $9,300 on the Competition Package to make it 617 hp? Now you’re talking.

Although the bulk of the extra dough you will pay over and above the M50i is for the added thrust, BMW tosses in another goodie or two. For example, carbon-fiber trim is also included.

The Driving Assistance Professional Package is still an option.

Adding the destination fee to the X5 M base price totals $109,895. With no money down, financing for 60 months at 3% interest works out to about $1,975 per month. See 2023 BMW X5 M models for sale

2023 BMW X5 M includes:

M to the max – The full roster of M performance and appearance upgrades.

Available Competition Package – It boosts the horsepower by another 17 ponies to 617 hp and adds Merino leather seats, an M Sport exhaust system, and M seatbelts.

Plenty of tech – You get all the connectivity you need because the M retains all the X5 safety and infotainment technologies.


What is the best 2023 BMW X5 trim level?

The BMW X5 sDrive40i provides plenty of power and a grocery list of standard features. It’s a solid choice. If you want AWD, the xDrive40i is just $2,300 more.

Which 2023 BMW X5 trim get the best mpg?

The EPA hasn’t released fuel economy numbers for the 2023 BMW 40i models. However, we are confident the best mpg is with the xDrive45e.

For its maximum 31 miles of electric range, it gets 50 MPGe. Running on the gasoline engine, it delivers 19 mpg city/22 mpg highway/20 mpg combined. The xDrive50i gets 16 mpg/22 mpg/18 mpg. At the bottom of the heap, the X5 M delivers 13 mpg/18 mpg/15 mpg.

Which 2023 BMW X5 trim level offers the most safety?

Having the highest score of Good across all the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) safety tests, the BMW X5 was named to its list of Top Safety Pick vehicles.

Every BMW X5 comes with a forward collision warning with low-speed automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-departure warning. Front and rear park assist and rear cross-traffic alert are also included.

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