From its introduction in the late 1990s, the BMW X5 has helped shape the mid-size upscale SUV segment with innovations in performance, efficiency and luxury. The current, fourth-generation X5 was introduced in 2019.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
There are no significant changes to the X5 this year.
BMW offers the X5 as the xDrive40i, powered by a 3.0L turbo mild-hybrid six-cylinder engine; as the xDrive45e plug-in hybrid (PHEV); and in M50i form with a 4.4L turbo V8 engine. All engines are matched with an eight-speed transmission and AWD.
An ultra-high-performance X5 M variant is covered in a separate buyer’s guide entry.
X5 xDrive40i models come with 20-inch wheels, “sensafin” vegan leather upholstery, aluminum mesh dash trim, remote engine start, and satin aluminum exterior trim. You also get a panoramic sunroof, power-adjustable front seats with a heat comfort package, auto-dimming/power-folding side mirrors, ambient lighting, and adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams.
The X5’s standard safety suite includes forward collision mitigation, rear cross-traffic alert and collision prevention, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and speed sign recognition.
The X5 xDrive45e downgrades to 19-inch wheels, but gains air suspension; otherwise, it’s equipped similarly to the xDrive40i.
M50i models upgrade to 21-inch wheels, and gain sport-tuned differential, brake, suspension, and exhaust systems.
An advanced driving assistant pack adds highway driving and traffic jam assists, and an xOffroad package brings a sport differential and off-road driving equipment. To M50i, a comfort handling package adds air suspension and four-wheel steering.
BMW’s fuel consumption estimates for gas-powered models are 11.4/9.3 L/100 km (city/highway) in the xDrive40i, and 14.7/10.9 in M50i form.
As we write this, BMW has not published energy consumption ratings for the 2023 xDrive45e PHEV, but they should be similar to last year’s estimates of 12.2/10.6 L/100 km in gas-electric hybrid driving, and 4.5 Le/100 km in electric mode.
The BMW X5’s key competitors include the Porsche Cayenne, Lincoln Nautilus, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Jaguar F-Pace, Audi Q7, Acura MDX, Infiniti QX60, Volvo XC90, and Lexus RX.
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