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8.4

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Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.1
Safety: TBD
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2019 BMW X5 Review

The redesigned 2019 BMW X5's terrific performance and high-quality interior help earn it a spot in the top half of our luxury midsize SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful available V8 engine
  • Nimble handling
  • Seats provide all-day support
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Some rival cabins are more attractive
  • Optional third-row seats are confining

Is the BMW X5 a Good SUV?

Yes, the BMW X5 is a good SUV. Its robust engines and poised handling give it an athletic, fun-to-drive feel without sacrificing ride quality. Inside, this SUV is quiet and comfortable, and it offers plenty of tech features. A few competitors are more stylish, but this BMW delivers a combination of performance and luxury that few rivals can match. We named it as a finalist for our 2019 Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for Families award because it has one of the best combinations of cargo and passenger space, safety and reliability ratings, positive reviews from automotive journalists, and available family-friendly features.

Should I Buy the BMW X5?

The X5 makes a great choice for all the reasons listed above, but it carries a higher starting price than many competitors, so it may not represent the best value. That doesn't mean you should overlook the X5 – just that you should make sure it's the SUV you really want. If you're looking for other luxury midsize SUVs to compare against this BMW, check out the Mercedes-Benz GLE and Volvo XC90.

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Should I Buy a New or Used BMW X5?

BMW redesigned the X5 for the 2019 model year, making it the debut edition of the new X5 generation. Compared to the outgoing model, the 2019 X5's base engine provides more power and better fuel economy. The new model's interior looks better than the 2018 model's, and it comes with more standard features, including a larger touch screen (12.3 inches compared to 10.2 in the 2018), Apple CarPlay, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. If you want the high-performance X5 M, you'll have to shop the previous generation, as BMW hasn't yet announced an M version of the redesigned X5.

You can likely save money by purchasing an older model, but you'll miss out on the redesign's updates. If you're interested in a used model, visit our overviews of the 2017 BMW X5 and 2018 BMW X5. You can check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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How Much Does the BMW X5 Cost?

The base X5 starts at $60,700, which is more than you'll pay for the base trim of most other luxury midsize SUVs, though it's still far from the highest base price in the class. The higher X5 trim, the xDrive50i, starts at $75,750. That's a reasonable price compared to rivals' top trims.

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BMW X5 Versus the Competition

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

Outside of the high-performance Mercedes-AMG GLE 63, the Mercedes-Benz GLE can't match the X5 for performance. It offers a range of powerful engines, but the X5's base engine is slightly stronger and more fuel-efficient. The BMW handles better as well. The GLE, however, has one of the nicest interiors in the class. It has two rows of spacious seats, plenty of standard and available features, and more cargo space than the X5. Of course, the X5 is no slouch, and it has more comfortable rear seats than the Mercedes and an available third row, which the Benz doesn't offer. The BMW is a bit better overall, but these are both good choices.

Which Is Better: BMW X5 or Volvo XC90?

The Volvo XC90 makes its bones by providing arguably the best interior in the class. It's incredibly posh and comes standard with seating for seven. The Volvo has more cargo space and more standard active safety features than its German rival. Performance-wise, however, this is no contest. The X5 handles much better, it's more powerful, and it's nearly as fuel-efficient as the XC90. The X5 also has a better predicted reliability rating than the XC90. The right choice here comes down to whether you prefer a more fun-to-drive SUV or a nicer interior.

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X5 Interior

How Many People Does the X5 Seat?

In its base configuration, the X5 seats five, but an optional third row increases seating capacity to seven. The front-row seats are spacious and supportive, and they provide great forward visibility for the driver. The second-row seats are adult-friendly as well, though the third row is too cramped for most grownups.

X5 and Car Seats

The X5 comes with two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the system its second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use, noting that the lower anchors are set too deep in the seats and are difficult to manuever your hands around. 

X5 Interior Quality

From a design and build-quality standpoint, the X5 hits a home run. However, its drab, monotone color schemes keep it a half-step below the best interiors in the class.

X5 Cargo Space

This BMW SUV has decent cargo capacity for the class, with just under 34 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second-row seats. That's enough space for a weekend's worth of luggage for the family or all your tailgating supplies. With the rear seats folded down, you have more than 72 cubic feet of space.

X5 Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include a panoramic moonroof and the iDrive infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touch screen, a 10-speaker hi-fi audio system, navigation, Bluetooth, three USB ports, and Apple CarPlay.

Available features include quad-zone automatic climate control, wireless device charging, an upgraded infotainment system with a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

The iDrive infotainment system works great. There are plenty of ways to adjust settings, and the controls are easy to find and reach. The touch screen responds quickly to inputs. It also has sharp graphics, making it easy to read the on-screen icons.

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X5 Performance

X5 Engine: 2 Potent Powertrains

Whether you stick with the X5's 335-horsepower inline-six base engine or opt for the 456-horsepower V8, you'll be getting a turbocharged engine with plenty of juice for most driving situations. The V8 unquestionably feels more energetic, but the base engine never feels weak.

X5 Gas Mileage: Not Bad numbers

The X5 gets some of the best fuel economy ratings among nonhybrids in the class, earning 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. For comparison, the all-wheel-drive version of the Mercedes-Benz GLE gets just 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, while the AWD Volvo XC90 gets 20/27 mpg city/highway.

X5 Ride and Handling: Get a Grip

Though it can't match the Porsche Cayenne for handling, the X5 is fun to drive and doesn't feel overmatched on winding roads. Standard all-wheel drive provides great road grip. This BMW also provides a composed ride.

X5 Towing Capacity

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

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X5 Reliability

Is the BMW X5 Reliable?

The 2019 X5 earns a slightly above-average predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

BMW X5 Warranty

BMW covers the X5 with a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty.

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X5 Safety

X5 Crash Test Results

The 2019 X5 received a four-out-of-five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not evaluated it yet.

X5 Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert. Some of these features are part of BMW's Active Driving Assistant.

Available features include BMW's Active Protection System, a head-up display, night vision, Evasion Assistant, a surround-view camera, and parallel and perpendicular park assist.

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Which BMW X5 Model Is Right for Me?

The main difference between the X5 trims is the engine. The base model features a 335-horsepower six-cylinder, while the higher trim comes with a 456-horsepower V8. Beyond that, not much separates these two SUVs, so unless you really need the extra power, save yourself a pretty penny and stick with the base model.

BMW X5 xDrive40i

The X5 xDrive40i sports a base price of $60,700. It comes with a 335-horsepower turbocharged inline-six-cylinder engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive.

Standard features include a panoramic moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, and the iDrive infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touch screen, a touchpad controller, a 10-speaker hi-fi audio system, HD Radio, navigation, Bluetooth, three USB ports, and Apple CarPlay.

Standard driver assistance features include adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert.

You can get the M Sport Design xDrive40i starting at $66,550. In addition to some styling tweaks, the M Sport model also comes with quad-zone automatic climate control and satellite radio.

BMW X5 xDrive50i

The X5 xDrive50i starts at $75,750 and comes with a 456-horsepower turbocharged V8 engine. In addition to the base trim's features, the xDrive50i comes with Vernasca leather upholstery, multicontour front seats, quad-zone automatic climate control, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, and BMW's Active Protection System. The M Sport Design xDrive50i starts at $79,550.

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 redesigned 2019 BMW X5 earns a spot in the top half of our extremely crowded luxury midsize SUV rankings. This class is packed with quality vehicles, and the X5 manages to rise above many of them by delivering an appealing blend of interior comfort and driving enjoyment.

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

  • "… there's a lot to love about the new X5. 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
  • "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
  • "Despite some admittedly simple nitpicks, mostly with the interior which has overall vastly improved over the years, the 2019 BMW X5 is confident, fun, and only slightly sterile on the roads, but it feels really solid and I even think it looks nice." -- Jalopnik

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