2016 BMW X5 review

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BMW X5 highlights

Customer rating


  • Composed at speed and in corners
  • Multiple capable engine choices
  • A well-equipped standard model


  • Not as much trunk space as competitors
  • The infotainment isn’t intuitive
  • Small kids-only space in the third row

Mileage (EPA estimate)

14 city, 19 highway, 16 combined

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A versatile luxury crossover SUV

Blending style, performance, and some functionality into one vehicle, the 2016 BMW X5 makes a great luxury family vehicle. A trio of capable and fun-to-drive engine options are available, which all feed through a responsive eight-speed automatic transmission. Plus, the spacious interior is well-equipped with comfort and functional features, many of which are standard. However, the 2016 BMW X5 is no bore behind the wheel, putting the fun back into functionality thanks to sharp handling and punchy acceleration.

All BMW X5 years

What is new for the 2016 BMW X5?

  • X5 trims have been upgraded with Adjustable Suspension as standard equipment this year.
  • The XDrive50i trim now comes with Rear Air Conditioning, Satellite Radio Ready, and Harman Kardon Sound as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 BMW X5

1. Three trims, three engines 

You can pick the personality of the 2016 BMW X5, depending on the trim you settle on. To start, the standard 300-hp turbocharged six-cylinder is a capable all-around performer in sDrive35i/xDrive35i models. Or, pick an X5 xDrive35d and let the 3.0L turbocharged diesel extend the distance between pumps. Finally, the high-performance xDrive50i with a 445-hp turbocharged V8 injects excitement into every trip. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and can tow up to an estimated 6,000 pounds when properly equipped.

2. A capable diesel engine 

The 2016 BMW X5 xDrive35d model has a 255-hp 3.0L turbocharged diesel engine. While lacking the horsepower of the other two engines, it packs impressive torque that delivers peppy acceleration around town and on the freeway. Plus, the 2016 BMW X5 xDrive35d with diesel engine boasts the best fuel economy at an EPA-estimated 23 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

3. Excellent handling and performance 

While most luxury SUVs often trade handling for comfort, the 2016 BMW X5 doesn’t compromise. For example, stiffened suspension controls body roll to keep the 2016 BMW X5 composed during aggressive handling. Plus, the available xDrive AWD intelligently routes power to wheels with the most grip, which improves handling and boosts your confidence behind the wheel in poor weather. 

4. A comfortable and refined interior 

Enjoy the smooth ride and comfortable seating of a 2016 BMW X5. That’s because the 2016 BMW X5 is packed with standard comfort features, like a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and driver memory settings. Plus, the solid construction and high-end materials insulate most wind and road noise from the interior for a quiet ride. Additionally, the suspension dampening absorbs most bumps for a smooth ride at any speed. 

5. Everyday functionality 

Making efficient use of its interior space, there are helpful storage pockets and cubbies throughout the 2016 BMW X5’s cabin. Plus, the split-folding seating opens up to 66 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the front seats, adapting to fit whatever items you bring. Lastly, the unique horizontally split dual tailgate features a lower half that folds flat, delivering easy access to the cargo space. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.8 out of 5

5 customer reviews
The 2016 BMW X5 is a luxury SUV that customers love. They say it's smooth, has great pick up and go acceleration, and is very comfortable to drive. The interior also gets compliments on how nice it looks. Customers like the car because of its high-end features such as heated seats and steering wheel touch controls.

RepairPal gave the BMW X5 an overall reliability rating of 2.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Average. This rating ranks BMW X5 12th out of 20 among Luxury Fullsize SUVs.

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BMW X5 features and specs

SDrive35i 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Run Flat Tires
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Bang & Olufsen Audio
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Running Boards
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Smart Key
  • Third Row Seat
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 40.4"/R 36.6"

Head room

F 40.5"/R 38.8"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

595/5952 lbs.



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