Broad Range Of Powertrains. The 2023 BMW X5 has one of the more robust lineup of powertrains in the midsize SUV segment. From the available plug-in hybrid engine that brings decent fuel economy and a competitive all-electric range to a monstrous V8 with performance that matches some sports cars, BMW offers a powertrain for every buyer.

With such a good base engine, one can’t help but wonder why a driver would upgrade to one of the X5’s pricier motors. The SUV comes with a standard turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine on X5 40i models rated at 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. The base engine delivers a serious punch and doesn’t feel slow.

For shoppers seeking some extra performance without a drastic hit in fuel economy, the xDrive45e is the best bet. It comes with the same gas engine as the 40i models but adds an electric motor and a 24-kWh battery pack. The result is 389 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque in an SUV that can travel 30 miles on electricity.

Then, there are the V8-powered X5 models. These bring some serious firepower and result in an SUV that doesn’t perform like a midsize SUV in a straight line. The most affordable V8-powered X5 is the M50i, which comes with a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine. In the M50i, it produces 523 hp.

The jump up to the M50i is immense and results in a zero-to-60-mph time that’s over a second quicker than the base six-cylinder engine. For consumers that want to be scared in a straight line, there are the X5 M and X5 M Competition. These come with upgraded versions of the V8 engine for up to 617 hp. The result is an SUV that can get to 60 mph in roughly 3.3 seconds, which is close to supercar performance.

Luxurious, High-Quality Interior. BMW has come a long way with its interiors and the X5 delivers a high-end experience that matches its price tag. The SUV features premium materials and excellent build quality, but these are things we’ve come to expect from the German automaker. The X5’s sporty design elements make it stand out in the segment, as most midsize SUVs feature elegant lines as opposed to BMW’s sharp edges and angular elements.

The X5 isn’t the most spacious SUV in the midsize segment, but it still has plenty of room for adults in both rows. The SUV has 37.4 inches of rear legroom, so only the tallest of passengers will find rear room to be tight. The largest downside to the X5’s interior is its available third row, which is only big enough for children.

Depending on how much money shoppers want to spend, BMW offers the X5 with a dizzying number of options that range from upscale to sumptuous. With features like massaging seats, soft-close doors, acoustic glass, and heated front armrests, the X5 can make hours of bumper-to-bumper traffic bearable. BMW offers options for every budget, as the X5 is even available with a Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound audio system with diamond-domed tweeters.

While the X5 has a disappointing third row, the SUV makes up for it with a roomy cargo area. There’s 33.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row and a total of 72.3 cubic feet of space with the second row folded. The PHEV model loses some cargo capacity, but it’s hardly a noticeable drop. The split-folding tailgate is a nifty touch that most owners will appreciate.

2022 BMW X5 Interior

Tech That’s Easy To Use. The 2023 X5 comes packed with tech features. While there’s a learning curve with BMW’s infotainment system, it’s intuitive once you get the hang of how things are laid out. The base trim comes equipped with a 12.3-inch touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster for a high-tech look. Both screens offer crisp graphics and respond quickly to inputs, making them easy to use. Other standard tech features that are impressive to see on the base trim include wireless smartphone compatibility, navigation, five USB ports, and 10 audio speakers.

Depending on your budget, things really open up with the options list. A Wi-Fi hot spot, a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system, and a wireless charging pad are available. Hand-gesture recognition used to be available, but the ongoing chip shortage has forced BMW to drop the feature from the X5. We don’t see that as a bad thing, as gesture control was difficult to use and only worked some of the time.

BMW offers the X5 with every modern safety feature you can imagine, but one of the more high-tech systems available is the automaker’s Traffic Jam Assistant feature. It’s an advanced driver-assist system that can handle most driving tasks on certain roads at up to 40 mph. As its name implies, it’s mostly for use on highways when traffic is bad. It’s a pricey option, but for people that spend a lot of time driving on the highway and stuck in traffic, it’s well worth the price.

Mighty Expensive. There’s no hiding the fact that the 2023 X5 is a pricey SUV. It starts at $62,595 (with destination) and goes up to $109,895 for the X5 M. These prices are for base models and don’t include any options, which can see the X5’s price rise incredibly quickly.

Getting special paint costs $650, extended Merino leather upholstery is an extra $2,450, and the Executive package costs $3,350. Then, you have things like heated everything for $1,350, glass controls for $650, M Sport Brakes for $650, and quad-zone climate control for $650. These are only a few of the options that are available on the X5, but the SUV’s price can swell quickly with just a few options.

While the X5 gives buyers a lot for their money, it has a safe, almost boring design. The Genesis GV80 highlights just how plush a midsize SUV can look, while the Acura MDX is overly sporty. The X5 doesn’t pick a side but tries to straddle the line between sporty and luxury. It works and the design won’t offend anyone, but we want something with more conviction.

Final Thoughts. For shoppers that love the way BMWs handle and perform, but need something in a versatile package, the 2023 X5 checks a lot of boxes. While it’s not the largest midsize for the family, it offers a well-rounded lineup of engines and dynamic handling for anyone that wants traditional BMW traits in a larger offering. The X5 delivers features shoppers expect to see in the class with opulent touches, high-tech features, and a deluxe interior design.

The Genesis GV80 isn’t as powerful or as sporty as the X5, but it’s a value-friendly option that comes packed with features. It has an elegant design, a refined ride, and tech that’s easy to use. The GV80 has quickly become one of the best options in the segment.

The Porsche Cayenne is one of the few options that can match the X5’s athleticism. Porsche’s midsize SUV is available with 631 hp, delivers athletic handling that isn’t natural for a midsize SUV and can tow up to 7,700 pounds. The Cayenne is available with a dizzying number of options for shoppers that want a unique SUV of their own.

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