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2021 BMW X5

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$40,997 - $66,865
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2021 sDrive40i 4dr 4x2 Sports Activity Vehicle
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Price:   -  From $59,400
2021 xDrive40i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle Price:   -  From $61,700
2021 xDrive45e 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle Price:   -  From $65,400
2021 M50i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle Price:   -  From $82,800
2021 X5 M Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle Price:   -  From $105,100
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What's New

The 2021 BMW X5 lineup gains a plug-in hybrid variant, the 45e, capable of traveling up to 30 miles on electricity alone. The turbocharged six-cylinder engine used in the 40i adopts mild hybrid technology, although output and mileage ratings are unchanged. Also, the 50i trim departs, leaving the sporty M50i as the sole choice for V8 power.

Standard equipment on all models now includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility – and a one-year subscription to SiriusXM with 360L, which provides both streaming and satellite programming. The M50i gets remote start and ventilated front seats as standard.

Choosing Your BMW X5

The BMW X5 comes in three trim levels: 40i, 45e, and M50i. Pricing starts at $60,395 including destination for the base 40i and climbs to $83,795 for the M50i.

Engine Choices

The 40i is powered by a turbocharged six-cylinder engine, while the 45e carries the same engine paired with an electric motor. A V8 is exclusive to the M50i.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
3.0L Turbo 6-Cylinder335 hp331 lb-ft23 mpg
3.0L Turbo 6-Cylinder Plug-In Hybrid389 hp443 lb-ft50 MPGe
4.4L Twin-Turbo V8523 hp553 lb-ft18 mpg

All X5 models get an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and launch control.

The 40i comes standard with rear-wheel drive (sDrive, as BMW calls it), and BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system is available for $2,300. AWD is standard on the 45e and M50i.

The 45e brings 30 miles of all-electric range, according to the EPA, thanks to its 24-kWh lithium ion battery and electric motor. BMW says it'll take 4 to 5.3 hours to charge it fully on a Level 2 charger.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The X5 provides ample room for five passengers along with 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space. With rear seat folded, capacity expands to 72.3. The 45e's battery pack reduces cargo numbers by about one cubic foot, which is barely perceptible.

A two-person third row is available on the 40i only for $2,300. The bench is fine for short trips, but BMW's full-size X7 crossover does a far better job of accommodating seven passengers.


Safety Features

Every X5 carries a suite of safety technology that includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and adaptive headlights with automatic high beams.

The Driving Assistance Professional Package ($1,700) provides a semi-automated driving experience with active features like adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist with side collision avoidance and automatic lane changing, front cross-traffic alert with evasion assist, and traffic jam assist. The Parking Assistant Package ($800) furnishes an automated parking system and a surround-view camera with a recording feature.


Buyers are treated to a 12.3-inch touchscreen, navigation, a 10-speaker audio system, HD radio, satellite radio, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The infotainment system also features a touchpad controller and two front USB ports.

Wireless device charging and wi-fi capability are standard on the M50i, and available on the 40i and 45e as part of the optional Convenience Package.

A 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system is included in the Executive Package for the 40i and 45e. Every M50i gets this upgrade.

Exclusive to the M50i is the available Bowers & Wilkins Diamond 20-speaker sound system, priced at $3,400.


40i - From $60,395

The 40i carries an impressive load of standard features, including a panoramic sunroof, heated 16-way power front seats, leatherette upholstery, wood interior trim, a hands-free trunk, 19-inch wheels, keyless entry, and LED headlights and taillights.

The $1,050 Convenience Package tacks on remote start, four-zone climate control, wireless device charging, and wi-fi hot spot capability. Those features also come in the $2,800 Premium Package, along with gesture control for the touchscreen, a head-up display, and the Harman Kardon system.

45e - From $66,395

Aside from its plug-in hybrid powertrain and standard all-wheel drive, the 45e is equipped like the 40i. However, it does add an air suspension and 2.5-zone automatic climate control.

The only difference of note is the pricing of the main option packages, which run $250 cheaper on the 45e.

M50i - From $83,795

The V8 M50i carries substantially more standard equipment, including leather upholstery, ventilated front seats with 20-way power, four-zone automatic cliamte control, 20-inch wheels, and remote start.

The Premium Package for the M50i ($1,000) adds the head-up display and gesture control. The Dynamic Handling Package ($2,600) provides handling prowess to match the M50i's powerhouse engine. The package includes an adaptive M Sport suspension, active body roll stabilization, and four-wheel steering.

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CarsDirect Tip

Rarely do we see a boost in power accompanied by a monster gain in efficiency, but that's exactly what the 2021 BMW X5 45e achieves. The $6,000 premium over the 40i is worth it in our view, especially for buyers shopping in this league.

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Expert Review

  • Stylish inside and out
  • Four great powertrains
  • New hybrid option
  • Lots of tech
  • Gets expensive quick
  • Hybrid's mediocre efficiency
  • Tight third row
Expert Rating

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Game changer. When the first BMW X5 came out over 20 years ago, nobody would've guessed it portended a sea change in American automotive tastes. At the time, luxury crossover SUVs were little more than bizarre offshoots from brands that exclusively built cars with two or four doors. Nowadays, sedans are playing second fiddle to overwhelmingly popular SUVs and crossovers.

The venerable 2021 BMW X5, having helped usher in the current trend, has no problem being the popular kid of the brand's lineup. With a variety of powertrains and a dizzying array of optional equipment, it can be anything from a comfy family hauler to a six-figure performance vehicle that rivals the BMW M5 for track superiority.

It does all this while looking exceptionally dapper. The general shape is familiar to anyone who's paid attention to BMWs in the last 15 years, but somehow it doesn't come off as dated. The deft detailing and a general lack of gingerbread keeps it looking fresh. The X5 embraces the classic, timeless BMW design motifs in a thoroughly modern package.

Fast or faster? Every X5 is fast, but how fast exactly depends on which powertrain you choose for. Spoiler alert: the V8 engines are breathtakingly quick, but the inline turbocharged six-cylinder is by no means a slouch. In fact, it'd be the one we would take home.

Why skip the V8? Well, besides the price – the cheapest eight-cylinder model, the M50i, can't be bought for less than $84,000 – the performance difference during everyday driving is negligible. The 3.0-liter straight-six uses its turbocharger to generate 335 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque, and around town that translates to properly luxurious levels of thrust. That this 5,000-pound crossover rips a 5.3-second 0-60 mph time is truly impressive.

That 0-60 mph time doesn't budge for the new 389-hp 45e plug-in hybrid. In a sign of the times, this model has been introduced just as the old V8-powered 50i was eliminated. We find the trade-off a fair one – anyone intent on a V8 will prefer the M50i anyway, and the plug-in hybrid brings unprecedented fuel economy benefits. With a battery pack and electric motor affixed to the base inline-six, the EPA expects the 45e to return 30 miles of all-electric range and 20 miles per gallon combined when running in hybrid mode.

We've danced around the X5's V8 a bit, but here's the skinny: it displaces 4.4 liters, wears two turbos, and generates 523 hp in M50i trim and a ridiculous 617 hp in X5 M Competition guise. Gas mileage is as bad as you can imagine, but the performance simply defies physics – nothing of this size should accelerate so strongly: 0-60 mph happens in 4.1 seconds for the M50i and 3.8 seconds for the full-bore M Competition.

All models pair up to an eight-speed automatic transmission that delivers perfect shifts nearly every time. Paddle shifters offer manual control, but the computers have enough sense to determine when you want to have fun and when you want to cruise. Leave the gearbox to its own devices and you'll get performance commensurate with the conditions.


Ride and handling. Each engine comes with its own suspension tuning. The base model is again our favorite; it has the softest ride without sacrificing the sophisticated handling the marque is associated with. An available air suspension makes things even creamier while increasing the X5's breadth of capability. Lower the ride for better aero? Can do. How about jacking it up to clear a boulder or a curb? Again, check. In its highest setting, it offers 8.7 inches of ground clearance.

The V8 models firm things up, particularly so with the M Competition model. Stiff springs, big wheels, and narrow tires mean that the ride borders on harsh even in the softest drive setting. If you live in a place with buttery-smooth pavement you'll only benefit from such a setup, but anyone who endures weather-ravaged roads should be forewarned – the big-dollar V8 models don't play well with rough pavement.

For what V8 X5s sacrifice in comfort, they make up in performance. Active-roll bars help keep these big SUVs from leaning in corners, and the resulting cornering behavior is almost unnatural – you find yourself bracing for lean that never comes. Once you're used to it, it's hard to return to utility vehicles without the tech, which almost seem clumsy in comparison.

The X5 can tow up to 7,200 pounds with the right equipment, so don't think you need a GMC Yukon Denali to tow a lot of weight in opulence.

Interior decadence. Behind the BMW X7, BMW 7-Series, and BMW 8-Series, the X5 delivers the most expensive but most opulent cabin. Premium textiles decorate an interior that looks appropriately posh; even on the six-figure versions the cabin doesn't feel lacking for anything.

Leather isn't standard, but heated and power-adjustable front seats, a 12.3-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, navigation, and a digital instrument cluster are all included. The features round out an interior decorated with soft-touch materials, attractive trim, and tasteful detailing.

At nearly 195 inches long, the X5 is big, but not the biggest in the BMW stable. That title goes to the X7, which measures in at 200 inches. We'd recommend that model to anyone wanting three rows. Though seven-row seating is available on the X5, we wouldn't pay for it. Best to leave this a five-passenger luxury missile.

The decadence of the cabin puts the X5 in the realm of competitors like the Lincoln Aviator, Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7, Audi Q8, and the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class. You could argue the Acura MDX, Cadillac XT6, and Lexus RX are alternatives as well, but they cost significantly less and don't have the performance or opulence of the X5.

Final thoughts. There's very little to fault about the 2021 BMW X5. Yes, it is expensive, but the X5 is no phony – it delivers an experience that's worth every penny of the asking price, at least in the six-cylinder models. That value argument begins to erode for the V8 models, but before writing them off don't forget the German competition is equally refined, expensive, and quick.

The addition of the hybrid model is what we're most excited for. It blends performance and efficiency in a wonderfully low-key manner. There are more efficient hybrids out there, but the 45e stirs in enough classic BMW traits to make it worth consideration. Try it against the Volvo XC90 T8 and decide for yourself which highfalutin hybrid is the better midsize luxury crossover SUV.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L I-6 / 335 HP / 330 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 26 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5 / 7
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L I-6 / 335 HP / 330 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 26 / 23 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Double Wishbone
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
21.9 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
72.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
194.3 "
Exterior Width
78.9 "
Exterior Height
68.7 "
Front Headroom
40.8 "
Rear Headroom
38.7 "
Front Legroom
39.8 "
Rear Legroom
37.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
60.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
58.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,828 Lbs.
Wheel Base
117 "
Turning Radius
20.6 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 22.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 22.0 " Black Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 21.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Grille Moldings
Metal-look W/chrome Surround / Dark Chrome
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish / Stainless Steel With Dark Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
5 / 7
Seat Trim
Sensatec Leatherette / Vernasca Leather / Merino Leather
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
12-way (10-way Power) / (12-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
12-way (10-way Power) / (12-way Power)
Front Armrests
12-way (10-way Power) / (12-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Bench / 40-20-40 Split-bench
Radio & Infotainment
Siriusxm With 360l Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
10 / 12 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt Style
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Frontal Collision Warning W/city Collision Mitigation Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Active Blind Spot Detection Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure / Lane Keeping Assistant With Side Collision Avoidance Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Traffic Jam Assistant W/automatic Lane Change Hands-on (with Lane Change) Steering Assist / Extended Traffic Jam Assistant Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
City Collision Mitigation Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Park Distance Control Front And Rear / Parking Assistant Plus Automated / Active Park Distance Control Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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