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Powerful SUV performance in luxury packaging.

BMW X5 | CarMax

Are you looking for a multi-purpose luxury vehicle that's great for family adventures and daily commuting? The BMW X5 has a lot of features you'll love. This SUV offers a spacious and well-designed cabin with an optional third row, as well as strong engine options — including gas, diesel, and plug-in hybrid variants — to suit your desired on-road performance. With a comprehensive list of trim levels, you can also customize your need for indulgence with the X5's features. Learn more about this vehicle's third-generation (2014–2018) and fourth-generation (2019 onward) models in our BMW X5 review.

Key Specs & Features

  • The third-generation (2014–2018) base engine for the BMW X5 includes a 300-hp 3.0L turbocharged inline six-cylinder with xDrive all-wheel drive on xDrive35i trims, which also includes hill descent control, designed to automatically regulate your speed on steep downhill grades.
  • 2016 to 2018 models offer an xDrive40e iPerformance plug-in hybrid with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder gasoline engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission with a built-in electric motor. The motor gets an EPA estimated 56 MPGe in combined city/highway driving (electric and gas) when equipped with all-wheel drive.1
  • Fourth-generation (2019) X5 xDrive50i trims with the 456-hp 4.4L V8 engine can tow an estimated 7,209 lbs, when properly equipped.2
  • All 2014 to 2018 X5s come with a navigation system as standard.
  • All 2019 X5s come with Active Blind Spot Detection, Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation, and Lane Departure Warning as standard.

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Premium Interior

BMW X5: Front Seats | CarMax

The X5's interior is truly luxurious with leather upholstery, unique stitching (2014–2019 xDrive50i trims), and a choice of wood or aluminum trim details. The X5 also sports innovative cabin features, like the standard welcome ambient lighting on fourth-generation models (2019 onward) which illuminate the entry area for you when the doors are unlocked or opened.

The X5 also sports a panoramic sunroof which offers your passengers a stunning view, day or night. The Luxury Seating Package (across all trims in 2019) adds massage and ventilation functions to the driver and front passenger multi-function seats to give you some much-needed pampering during your tiring office commutes.

2. Responsive Handling

Whether you prefer a comfort-focused ride or one that's more sporty, the X5's Dynamic Damper Control (optional on third-generation or standard on fourth-generation models) allows you to customize your suspension's compression and rebound from soft to firm using the Driving Experience Control switch. Third-generation xDrive50i models also provide Dynamic Performance Control and Active Roll Stabilization as part of the optional Dynamic Handling Package, which is an active suspension control system designed to reduce body roll when turning corners. From your workweek travel to weekend adventures, the X5 inspires confidence with its athletic handling abilities.

3. Driver Assist Features

The 2017 X5 comes with an optional Driver Assistance Package that adds a rearview camera and a heads-up display — a neat feature that projects data directly into your line of sight, designed to help you process information faster. You can also boost your confidence with the Parking Assistant Plus feature available on fourth-generation X5s (2019 onward). This smart feature uses ultrasonic sensors to detect a suitable parking space.

4. Cool Tech Features

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If you appreciate cool tech, the 2019 X5 features BMW Live Cockpit Professional with two 12.3-inch digital displays — the largest in any BMW! Haptic controls and a tablet-like touch interface make accessing information easy. 2016 to 2018 models also include standard innovative tech at the base level, like a 10.2-inch central display screen, Bluetooth® phone and audio streaming, and navigation.

5. Dynamic Redesign

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For the 2019 BMW X5, the fourth-generation boasts a significant redesign, featuring freshly sculpted styling and a wheelbase that's 1.6 inches longer for even more passenger space and interior comfort. New BMW TwinPower turbo engines were also added to the line-up, including a 335-hp 3.0L V6 and 456-hp 4.4L V8. If you need a BMW SUV that can tow your boat or trailer, the V8's estimated 7,209 lb. towing rating (when properly equipped) is a great option.2 An optional Off-Road Package with air suspension and new rear locking differential adds a sportier edge to the X5's already capable performance, while the standard revised chassis is designed to enhance your off-road ability with a double-wishbone front axle and a five-link rear axle for more traction on rough terrain.

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What You Need To Know

BMW X5 Trims

2014–2015 Trims

  • sDrive35i, xDrive35i, and xDrive35d – 18-inch wheels, panoramic moonroof, power tailgate, power heated front seats with driver memory and lumbar support, and a 10.2-inch central display screen with navigation and voice controls.
  • xDrive50i – 19-inch wheels, Comfort Access keyless entry, leather upholstery, multi-contour seats, and a rearview camera.

2016-2018 BMW X5 Trims

  • sDrive35i, xDrive35i, and xDrive35d – 19-inch wheels, xenon headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a 10.2-inch central display screen with navigation.
  • xDrive40e iPerformance – STEPTRONICTM automatic transmission with paddle shifters, Dynamic Damper Control and rear axle air suspension, and BMW's iDrive infotainment interface with hybrid-specific instrumentation and menu options.
  • xDrive50i – Comfort Access keyless entry, leather upholstery, multi-contour seats, four-zone climate control, and a Harman Kardon® surround sound system.

2019 BMW X5 Trims

  • xDrive40i – 19-inch V-spoke wheels, power front sport seats, lumbar support, LED fog lights, and a hi-fi sound system.
  • xDrive50i – Comfort Access keyless entry, multi-contour seats, four-zone automatic climate control, Harman Kardon surround sound system, and SiriusXM® satellite radio.

BMW X5 Interior

BMW X5 Seating Capacity

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The BMW X5 is a two-row SUV capable of seating up to five passengers. Adding the optional third-row increases the passenger capacity to seven.

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BMW X5 Cargo Capacity

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2016 to 2018 BMW X5 diesel and gasoline models offer 35.8 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row or 76.7 cubic feet with the second row folded. xDrive40e trims provide slightly less cargo space to accommodate battery storage under the trunk floor. Cargo volume behind the second row of the plug-in hybrid is 34.2 cubic feet of volume or 72.5 cubic feet with the second row folded.

All 2014 to 2015 X5 models feature 23 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row or 66 cubic feet with the second row folded.

BMW X5 Colors

The fourth-generation (2019 onward) BMW X5 comes in 14 color options. These color options include:

  • Alpine White
  • Ametrin Metallic
  • Arctic Gray Metallic
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Carbon Black Metallic
  • Dark Graphite Metallic
  • Jet Black
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Phytonic Blue Metallic
  • Pyrite Brown Metallic
  • Ruby Black Metallic
  • Sunstone Metallic
  • Tanzanite Blue II Metallic
  • Terra Brown Metallic

The third-generation BMW X5 (2014–2018) comes in 15 color options. These color options include:

  • Alpine White Metallic
  • Atlas Cedar Metallic (2017,–2018)
  • Azurite Black Metallic (2017–2018)
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Carbon Black Metallic
  • Dark Graphite Metallic
  • Glacier Silver Metallic
  • Imperial Blue Metallic
  • Jet Black
  • Mineral Silver Metallic (2014–2016)
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Pearl Silver Metallic (2017–2018)
  • Ruby Black Metallic (2017–2018)
  • Space Gray Metallic
  • Sparkling Brown Metallic

Years in Review

2018 BMW 3 Series

Wanting to support a greener lifestyle? The 3 Series is available as a hybrid. Like the 2018 X5 xDrive40e, BMW offers a 2018 330e iPerformance four-door sedan. Fueleconomy.gov estimates the 2.0L four-cylinder turbocharged gas/electric hybrid will get an estimated 71 MPGe for combined city/highway driving (electric and gas), compared to the 2018 xDrive40e's estimated 56 MPGe in combined city/highway driving (electric and gas), when equipped with all-wheel drive.1 Total system output on the 330e is 248 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, which you'll find offers enough oomph for commuting to work or booting around on the weekend.

2018 BMW 6 Series

Seeking a luxury cruiser with comfortable handling like the X5? The entry-level 2018 BMW 640i effortlessly glides over bumps and road imperfections with its standard adaptive suspension. Around turns, the coupe — which is also available as a convertible and hatchback – remains balanced and controlled, plus its steering is light and responsive for great agility in the city or on the scenic route.

2018 BMW 4 Series

If you like the base equipment on the 2018 X5, but have visions of riding in a sporty coupe, the BMW 4 Series is a solid match. Standard equipment on the 2018 430i is similar to the XD's 35i and 35d trims with dual-zone automatic climate control and power-adjustable front seats. Both models are also designed to make parking easier with a back-up camera, while premium sound from a nine-speaker audio system fills the cabin. The 4 Series' standard sport leather steering wheel is similar to the X5's, plus both models include proximity key with push-button start for your convenience.

Audi A6

While the Audi A6 falls within the midsize luxury sedan class, it's similar to the X5 in that it offers all-wheel drive. At the base level, you'll find the 2018 A6's 2.0T Premium with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine that outputs 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque (compared to the 2018 X5's 3.0L turbocharged engine which makes 300 hp).

Optional all-wheel drive, known as Quattro, is available on the Audi and comes matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission, just like the 2018 X5. However, if you climb the trim levels to the A6 3.0T, you'll achieve more horsepower than the X5's base 3.0L turbocharged inline six-cylinder (350 hp versus 300 hp, respectively) and all-wheel drive is standard on this trim. If you don't need to tow and only carry a maximum of five passengers, the A6 is a compelling option.

BMW X3

The BMW X3 is more compact and agile than its bigger sibling, the X5. You'll miss out on the optional third-row but still benefit from the cabin's spacious seating for five and roomy cargo space with 28.7 cubic feet behind its second row (non-hybrid 2018 models of the X5 offer 35.8 cubic feet). Need more storage for strollers or luggage? The 2018 X3's volume expands to 62.7 cubic feet by folding the 40/20/40-split rear seating (non-hybrid 2019 models of the X5 max out at 76.7 cubic feet).

The Bottom Line

The BMW X5 is an excellent SUV if you enjoy taking your family on the road, as well as the finer things in life. X5 also allows you and your passengers to travel in style with the added benefit of the comfort and convenience features offered through the many trim levels and available packages. From its stylish exterior to its spacious cabin with room for your family and belongings, this BMW ensures a luxurious on-road experience each time you get behind the wheel.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
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