Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - August 21, 2017


When launched, the BMW X5 ushered in a new era for the German automaker, providing drivers with a sporty ride, premium comfort, and the most versatile body in the automaker's history. Since its inception, the X5 has evolved its balance of performance and luxury to become a leader in the midsize SUV segment.

What's New for 2018

The 2018 X5 comes with only minor updates over the previous year. New optional features on the xDrive 35i, xDrive 35d, and xDrive 50i models include 21-inch M-branded wheels with performance run-flat tires as an available upgrade in addition to the M Sport Package for an extra $1,550.

Pricing for the 2018 X5 has increased throughout the entire lineup – the X5 sDrive 35i is an additional $300 over the previous model with a new starting price of $57,945 (all prices include a $995 destination and handling fee). The X5 xDrive 35i is now priced at $60,245, which is $350 more than the old model. The same price difference – $350 – separates the new X5 xDrive 35d from the previous model, while the range-topping xDrive 50i has increased to $74,795, an increase of $150.

BMW also offers the X5 as a high-performance M model and in a plug-in-hybrid xDrive40e iPerformance variant – both are listed separately.


Choosing Your BMW X5

The entire X5 lineup is available with numerous packages that are available on all the trims. The Cold Weather Package ($550) adds heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and retractable headlight washers. The Driving Assistance Package ($1,400 on the sDrive 35i, xDrive 35i, and xDrive 35d) adds a rear-view camera and a head-up display. Another similar package, the Driving Assistance Plus Package ($1,700) that’s available on all of the X5 models, adds speed limit information, a surround view system, and blind-spot monitoring.

The xDrive 35i, xDrive 35d, and xDrive 50i have an available Dynamic Handling Package ($4,500) that adds Dynamic Performance Control and Active Roll Stabilization. Lastly, the M Sport Package ($3,550 on the sDrive 35i, xDrive 35i, and xDrive 35d) adds different exterior colors, new wheel choices, a new set of wood trim, a full aerodynamic kit, a sport automatic transmission, an M-branded steering wheel, and dark trim around the greenhouse. The M Sport Package ($3,000) on the xDrive 50i adds the same items as the non-V8 models, but adds 10-way power front sports seats.


The entry-level X5 comes with enough performance to impress the majority of drivers. The base turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine cranks out 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, which is matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Power for the sDrive 35i is put down through the rear wheels, which helps the SUV achieve 18 miles per gallon in the city, 25 on the highway, and 21 combined.

Standard features on the sDrive 35i include: 19-inch alloy wheels, Xenon Adaptive Headlights, 14-way power-adjustable seats, heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, 10.2-inch high-resolution screen, a panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control, Park Distance Control, and a nine-speaker HiFi sound system.


The next step up is the xDrive 35i, which is an all-wheel-drive variant of the sDrive 35i. The SUV is powered by the same 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, but sends power to all four wheels through an xDrive all-wheel-drive system. Fuel economy takes a slight hit at 18 mpg in the city, 24 on the highway, and 20 combined.

Standard features on the xDrive 35i are similar to the ones found on the rear-wheel-drive model, but include, Hill Descent Control, star spoke 19-inch alloy wheels, BMW Connected App compatibility, and an advanced vehicle and key memory system.


Stepping into the xDrive 35d brings a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder diesel engine that produces 255 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque that’s paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The diesel-powered X5 gets the best fuel economy at 23 mpg in the city, 29 highway, and 25 combined. The trim comes with most of the same features as the gasoline-powered X5 models.


The top-of-the-line xDrive 50i is powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 that produces 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque, which helps propel the SUV to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. The V8-powered X5 is rated to return 15 mpg in the city, 21 highway, and 17 combined.

While the majority of standard features are similar to the ones found on the lower models, the xDrive 50i adds 20-way power seats, Dakota Leather upholstery (an optional extra on lesser trims), a rear-view camera, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, automatic four-zone climate control, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

CarsDirect Tip

Unless you truly enjoy going fast, skip the 4.4-liter V8 and go for one of the six-cylinder-powered models. The xDrive 35i, with its all-wheel drive system and lengthy list of standard features is the most appealing, but we're shocked to see that a rear-view camera doesn’t come as standard. Adding the Driving Assistance Plus Package fixes that with a surround-view system, while drivers that enjoy winding roads should opt for the M Sport Package.

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