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2020 BMW X5 Review

The 2020 BMW X5 ranks near the top of the luxury midsize SUV class. It has refined handling, strong engine performance, an upscale interior, and an above-average predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engines
  • Refined ride and handling
  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Large cargo area
  • Optional third-row seats are cramped

8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.0
Safety:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 9.5 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
TBD
Reliability:
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Is the BMW X5 a Good SUV?

Yes, the BMW X5 is a great luxury midsize SUV. The X5 sports a sleek interior, lots of standard tech and safety features, and an easy-to-use infotainment system. It has punchy engine options and a standard adaptive suspension that balances lithe handling with a comfortable ride. The fun-to-drive X5 is practical as well. It can tow up to 7,200 pounds and pack away lots of cargo, and it returns good fuel economy for the class.

Should I Buy the BMW X5?

You should definitely consider the X5. It’s a top pick in this class, and most buyers will find that it ticks every box on their shopping list. That said, the X5’s starting price is higher than a number of its competitors, and its optional third-row seats are cramped. If you’re looking for a less expensive luxury SUV, especially one with a third row, you should check out rivals such as the Lexus RX 350L and Cadillac XT6.

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Should I Buy a New or Used BMW X5?

BMW redesigned the X5 for 2019. BMW increased the size of the touch screen to 12.3 inches (from 10.2 inches), and Apple CarPlay became standard. Several driver safety features were also made standard for 2019, like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. This fourth-generation X5 was initially available in two trim levels: the 335-horsepower xDrive40i and the 456-horsepower xDrive50i, followed midyear by the sDrive40i with rear-wheel drive. Since these trims haven’t seen any major changes for 2020, you may want to shop for a similar 2019 model, which likely costs less.

On the other hand, you should opt for the 2020 X5 if you want stronger engine and driving performance. BMW introduced the X5 M50i and X5 M models for 2020, and the engines in these SUVs have 523- and 600-horsepower, respectively, as well as upgraded suspensions, exhausts, brakes, and wheels.

You can save a lot of money by purchasing an older X5 model, but you'll miss out on the changes that came with the redesign.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 X5, 2018 X5, and 2019 X5 reviews to help make your decision. Also check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 15 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 15 BMW X5 reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

This 2020 X5 review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2019.

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How Much Does the BMW X5 Cost?

The 2020 BMW X5 has a base MSRP of $58,900. That’s a higher starting price than most other vehicles in the luxury midsize SUV class, such as the Lexus RX 350 and Lincoln Nautilus, which start at $44,150 and $41,040, respectively. Prices climb to around $76,000 for the midrange 50i model and up to $114,100 for the high-performance X5 M Competition trim.

More affordable SUVs in the BMW lineup include the luxury subcompact X1 ($35,200) and the luxury compact X3 ($41,950).

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BMW X5 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: BMW X5 or Mercedes-Benz GLE?

You can’t go wrong with the X5 or the Mercedes GLE. These vehicles have been recently redesigned, and they are among the best the luxury midsize SUV class has to offer. Both have powerful engine options, agile handling, and a comfortable ride. Both also have the flexibility to seat up to seven passengers. Opt for the GLE if you’re looking to save some money. Its starting price is a few thousand dollars less than the X5’s, and its interior has a more luxurious look and feel. On the other hand, go with the X5 if tech features are a top consideration. The X5’s infotainment system is a bit easier to use than the GLE’s.

Which Is Better: BMW X5 or Audi Q7?

The Audi Q7 is another great choice in this class. Like the X5, the Q7 has a posh interior, lots of cargo space, and peppy yet fuel-efficient engine options. The Q7 rides comfortably over rough roads, and it hugs curves exceptionally well. The Audi is a better starting point for most shoppers, especially if you have a growing family. Its starting price is about $5,000 less than the BMW’s, and it comes standard with all-wheel drive and three rows of seats - options that can raise the X5’s price by a few thousand dollars. Both are good SUVs, but the Q7 is a better value.

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X5 Interior

How Many People Does the X5 Seat?

The BMW X5 comes standard with five seats. A third row is optional in the 40i trim levels, and it raises the seating capacity to seven.

The front- and second-row seats are comfortable and supportive, and both rows offer ample head- and legroom for taller occupants. The optional third row is cramped, so it’s best reserved for children. If you do want a seven-passenger SUV, you’re better off with the BMW X7, a luxury large SUV that provides a roomier standard third row.

The X5 comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery, as well as heated and 16-way power-adjustable front seats. Available features include genuine leather upholstery, 20-way power-adjustable front seats, ventilating and massaging front seats, heated second-row seats, rear sunshades, heated and cooled cupholders, heated armrests, and a heated steering wheel.

X5 and Child Car Seats

The X5 has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats, as well as an upper tether for the rear middle seat. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, this system is easy to use.

X5 Interior Quality

The X5 has a handsome interior with a minimalist design. The cabin is trimmed in a lot of high-end materials, like leather, aluminum, and soft plastic. It’s quiet as well, with very little road or wind noise creeping in at highway speeds.

X5 Cargo Space

The BMW X5 has 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space with its second-row seats upright and 72.3 cubic feet with all rear seats folded. That’s more cargo space than most vehicles in the luxury midsize SUV class offer, though it’s still less than the boxy Volvo XC90 and Land Rover Discovery.

X5 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The X5 is packed with intuitive tech features. Standard equipment includes the iDrive infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, a 10-speaker stereo, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and multiple USB ports.

The iDrive screen has vivid graphics and responds quickly to inputs. You can control the system several ways. You can tap and swipe on the screen, or use a knob and touchpad on the center console. There’s also voice recognition and buttons on the dashboard. This may sound complex, but in practice these redundant controls are very easy to use.

Critics aren’t sold on the available gesture control system, which is part of the Premium package. It allows drivers to adjust certain settings with hand motions, like lowering the radio volume with a twirl of your finger. However, it often reacts to unintended gestures.

Additional standard features include proximity keyless entry, push-button start, automatic climate control, a sleek 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, and a panoramic moonroof. Available features include remote start, quad-zone automatic climate control, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, 12- and 16-speaker Harman Kardon stereos, a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system, and rear-seat touch screens.

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X5 Performance

X5 Engine: Power to Spare

The BMW X5 comes standard with a 335-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the choice of rear-wheel drive (sDrive40i) or all-wheel drive (xDrive40i). For most shoppers, this 40i engine will provide more than enough muscle for everyday driving. It’s responsive and revs willingly, and it can hustle the X5 from zero to 60 mph in less than six seconds. The transmission is refined as well, with quick and smooth shifts. You can also change gears manually using the steering wheel’s shift paddles.

The X5’s available engines are even stronger. The xDrive50i model has a 456-horsepower 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8. The M50i model boosts this engine to 523 horsepower, and the X5 M model cranks it up to 600 horsepower. These SUVs accelerate ferociously and voice that power with a deep rumble from their exhaust pipes. The dash from zero to 60 mph ranges from 4.6 seconds for the xDrive50i to just 3.8 seconds for the X5 M.

X5 Gas Mileage: Pretty Good

The X5 sDrive40i gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, making it one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the luxury midsize SUV class. The xDrive40i lowers this rating slightly to 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Fuel economy falls considerably with the V8 models. The xDrive50i and M50i are rated at just 16/22 mpg city/highway. At the time of writing, estimates are not available for the X5 M.

X5 Ride and Handling: Balancing Act

The BMW X5 is enjoyable to drive, and that’s largely because of its standard adaptive suspension. This system keeps the X5 stable and composed around turns, and it comfortably soaks up the bumps and dips of rough pavement. The X5’s optional air suspension does an even better job, and it’s included with the third-row seating and off-road packages.

Sure, the X5 isn’t the kind of SUV you buy if you want to venture off road, but it can at least handle rough terrain. The suspension adjusts and articulates nicely over rocks and ruts. The traction control systems work well behind the scenes, helping the X5 claw and scramble across slick surfaces.

X5 Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the BMW X5 can tow up to 7,200 pounds.

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X5 Reliability

Is the BMW X5 Reliable?

The 2020 X5 has a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

BMW X5 Warranty

The BMW X5 is covered by a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty.

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X5 Safety

X5 Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 X5 an overall safety rating of four out of five stars. The SUV earned five stars in the side crash test and four stars in the frontal crash and rollover evaluations.

At the time of writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not crash tested the 2020 X5.

X5 Safety Features

All X5 models come equipped with a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive pivoting LED headlights with automatic high beams. Some of these features are part of BMW's Active Driving Assistant.

Available features include adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, a semi-autonomous traffic jam assist, a surround-view parking camera system, hands-free parallel park assist, a night vision camera, and a head-up display.

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X5 Dimensions and Weight

The BMW X5 is about 16.3 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,758 to 5,425 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 BMW X5 Built?

BMW builds the 2020 X5 in South Carolina.

Which BMW X5 Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 BMW X5 is available in four trims: 40i, 50i, M50i, and M. The entry-level X5 40i is the best pick for most shoppers. It’s well-equipped with tech and safety features, and it provides strong engine performance. It’s also the only trim available with rear-wheel drive (sDrive) or all-wheel drive (xDrive). All other trims come standard with all-wheel drive.

The upper trims are tempting because of their high-performance engines. However, these models are considerably more expensive.

BMW X5 sDrive40i

The base model X5 sDrive40i has a starting price of $58,900. It comes with a 335-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive.

Standard features include the iDrive infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touch screen, navigation, Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, satellite radio, 10 speakers, Bluetooth, five USB ports, and a digital gauge cluster. Proximity keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, a panoramic moonroof, a power tailgate, an adaptive suspension, and 19-inch alloy wheels are also standard.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and adaptive pivoting LED headlights with automatic high beams.

Options include the $1,050 Convenience package, which bundles quad-zone automatic climate control, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and wireless device charging. The $2,300 Premium package adds these features plus remote start, a head-up display, and gesture control for the infotainment system. The $5,600 Executive package adds to these features with power soft-closing doors, rear sunshades, heated and cooled cupholders, a surround-view parking camera system, and hands-free parallel park assist.

Individual options include genuine leather upholstery, ventilated and massaging front seats, heated rear seats, a pair of third-row seats, a rear-seat entertainment system, a heated steering wheel, heated front armrests, and a leather-wrapped dashboard. Also available are a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, a 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, a semi-autonomous traffic jam assist, a night vision camera system, an air suspension, M Sport brakes, and 20- to 22-inch wheels. These options range in price from a couple hundred to a few thousand dollars.

BMW X5 xDrive40i

The X5 xDrive40i starts at $61,200. It shares all of the base model’s standard equipment and features and adds all-wheel drive. All options carry over, in addition to an available four-wheel steering system and off-road driving modes.

BMW X5 xDrive50i

The X5 xDrive50i has a starting MSRP of $76,150. It comes with a 456-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine and all-wheel drive. In addition to the previous trims’ features, the 50i model comes with genuine leather upholstery, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, quad-zone automatic climate control, and wireless device charging. Most options carry over.

BMW X5 M50i

The X5 M50i starts at $82,150, and it has a 523-horsepower version of the 50i’s twin-turbo V8 engine. This trim adds restyled bumpers, 20-inch wheels, and a stiffer M Sport adaptive suspension. It also includes a host of other M Sport items, including an upgraded steering wheel, exhaust, rear differential, and brakes. Most options carry over.

BMW X5 M

The high-performance X5 M starts at $105,100, and it boasts a 600-horsepower turbocharged V8 engine. Additional standard features include 21-inch wheels, a leather-wrapped dashboard, a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, and hands-free parallel park assist. Most options carry over.

An uplevel X5 M Competition model is also available for $114,100, and its engine gets a boost to 617 horsepower. Other upgrades include extended leather upholstery and staggered 21- and 22-inch wheels.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local BMW dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our BMW deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 BMW X5 is a great vehicle, and it truly deserves consideration if you’re shopping in the luxury midsize SUV segment. The X5 is fun to drive, comfortable, and jam-packed with tech and safety features. It’s reasonably spacious for both passengers and cargo, and its infotainment system is among the easiest to use in this class. Apart from its above-average starting price, there’s a lot to like about the X5.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "For the family, there's ample security and safety equipment, road-trip ride quality, plus extra seating for little ones. For the enthusiast, the X5 drives like a 5,000-lb crossover shouldn't - with precision, poise and punch. For the off-roader, an optional package enhances the X5's abilities way beyond the occasional dirt trail. Technology fans will also find plenty to enjoy, including over-the-air software updates." -- Autotrader
  • "Of course, it all comes for a price, but the X5 has long been a favorite of ours, and the 2019 model only solidifies our beliefs. If you're coming from an older X5, the new version delivers the strengths with newer technology and even better performance. If you're looking to step into a BMW for the first time, or even just the midsize luxury SUV class, put the new X5 near the top of your list." -- Edmunds (2019)
  • "We appreciate the effort BMW took in refining this car and providing a multitude of technologies that, even if they seem gratuitous, we ended up enjoying. After all, this is a luxury vehicle, and the X5's multitude of extra goodies define it as such. While we never knew we wanted cooled cupholders, or a reversing assistant, or four ways to get turn-by-turn directions, or even to go off-road in a luxury crossover like this, it was nice to have it all for a day. Many customers will come to the X5 for its space, performance and looks. All the rest is the icing." -- Autoblog (2019)
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