Tamara Warren
Automotive Editor - June 11, 2014

Expert Rating

4.5 (Excellent)
19 City / 27 Highway

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The BMW X5 has earned high marks among buyers of luxury midsize SUVs. Among the innovations unveiled with its last redesign in 2013 was a third row of seats that's becoming de rigeuer in the competitive segment.

What's New for 2014

This year's most noticeable additions include telematics such as BMW apps and the option for rear-wheel drive.

2014 BMW X5 Glam

Choosing Your BMW X5

Like most German automakers, BMW ties trim levels to engine choices. The X5 offers three engines and two drive types. All models use an eight-speed automatic transmission.


This is the only way to get rear-wheel drive in an X5. The base engine is a 3-liter twin-turbo inline-six that makes a healthy 302 horsepower. Look for fuel economy of 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.


Adding a few thousand dollars to the price tag adds all-wheel drive. The xDrive35i uses the same 3-liter engine at the sDrive35i, but its extra weight deducts 1 mpg from the front-wheel drive's city mpg rating.


This turbo-diesel variant is the obvious choice for buyers who want the best-possible fuel economy—31 mpg highway—or the towing potential that comes with 413 pound-feet of torque.


The tip-top X5 has a twin-turbocharged V8 that churns out 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque. Buyers pay for all that performance at the pump, though, when efficiency drops down to 14 mpg city and 22 mpg highway.

The X5 has added considerably to its list of standard equipment including fog lamps, xenon headlights, an automated start system, navigation with touchpad, 10 years of BMW Assist eCall and TeleService, BMW Apps, a 40-20-40 split-folding rear seat, a speed-sensitive power steering and a 10.2-inch monitor.

There are also option packages like:

  • Luxury Line: This package features a sport steering wheel, 19-inch wheels (or 20-inch wheel as an upgrade), roof rails and a black grille with glossy chrome accents.
  • xLine: It's all in the details, with stainless steel underbody protection, matte silver air intake bars, satin aluminum trim for side windows, roof rails in aluminum or high-gloss finish, a sport steering wheel, aluminum running boards and 19-inch Orbit Grey wheels. The 20-inch Y-spoke wheels with mixed-sized performance tires are available as an upgrade.
  • M Sport: This performance-minded package includes the M-aerodynamic body kit and design accents, high-gloss roof rails. The eight-speed sport automatic transmission comes with paddle shifters. Run-flat tires and 20-inch wheels are available as further upgrades, as is an adaptive M suspension.
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CarsDirect Tip

We're fans of diesel power, and the xDrive35d isn't a dramatic reach from the base price of an sDrive35i—and that's why it gets our vote.

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