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2013 BMW X5 Review

The used 2013 BMW X5 sits below the middle of its class rankings. It handles exceptionally well, but its safety scores are low and its infotainment system is frustrating to use. 

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engines
  • Sporty handling
  • Firm ride
  • Complex infotainment controls
  • Cramped rear seating




Critics' Rating: 8.1
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
Safety: 8.7
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2013 BMW X5 Overview

Is the 2013 BMW X5 a Good Used SUV?

Overall, the 2013 BMW X5 is a good used luxury midsize SUV. It has a wide array of engines that deliver strong horsepower, and it handles curvy roads well. Its reliability is above average for the industry, though many SUVs in this class score better. In addition, the BMW is short on standard features.

Used 2013 BMW X5 Performance and Interior

The engines in the X5 range from a base 300-horsepower, turbocharged six-cylinder to a 555-horsepower, turbocharged V8 (found in the X5 M). A 265-horsepower six-cylinder diesel engine is also available. All-wheel-drive is standard in all trims. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, while the diesel model and the top-of-the-line X5 M come with a six-speed automatic. The X5 has some of the sportiest handling in the segment, with little body roll. However, its ride is more firm than comfortable. Fuel economy ranges from 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway for the diesel model to 12/17 mpg city/highway for the powerful M5.

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A BMW X5 seats five, though some models add a third row to seat seven. Imitation leather is standard in base models, while leather is standard in all other X5s. The front seats are comfortable, though the second row might have limited headroom for some. The available third row is only roomy enough to carry children for short distances. Heated and cooled front seats and heated rear seats can be found in some models. The X5 has complete LATCH systems in the second-row outboard seats and a middle-seat tether anchor.

Standard features include a push-button ignition, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a 10-speaker audio system. Most rivals offer more standard features. Available X5 features include a head-up display, a rear-seat entertainment system, and soft-close automatic doors. The standard infotainment system has complicated controls that require you to look away from the road to adjust them.

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Used 2013 BMW X5 Prices

The price of a used 2013 BMW X5 ranges from about $25,500 to around $29,700. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2013 BMW X5?

The 2013 BMW X5 has a J.D. Power reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. That is above average for the auto industry as a whole, but many luxury midsize SUVs earn higher ratings.

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How Safe Is the X5?

The 2013 BMW X5 scored four out five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The X5 received three stars in the frontal crash test, four stars in the rollover test, and five stars in the side crash test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the X5 the highest rating of Good in the moderate overlap, side, and rear crash tests. A rearview camera and parking sensors are available in some X5s.

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Is the 2013 X5 the Best Model Year to Buy?

The 2013 BMW X5 is the final model year of a generation that launched for 2007. The 2011 (a refreshed model), 2012, and 2013 X5s are mostly the same, so you may want to consider an older model to save money. However, you should note the 2013 model added a performance package that boosts horsepower slightly in the xDrive35i and xDrive50i models. In 2012, navigation became a standard feature in the xDrive50i model.

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Which Used BMW X5 Is Right for Me?

The BMW X5 comes in six trims: xDrive35i, xDrive35i Premium, xDrive35i Sport Activity, xDrive35d, xDrive50i, and X5 M. The xDrive35i comes standard with faux-leather interior, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, and split-folding rear seats. The xDrive35i Premium adds a panoramic moonroof, keyless entry, a rear-seat entertainment system, rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, and leather seats. The Sport Activity trim has special bucket seats, paddle shifters, steering wheel audio controls, Nevada leather, and Bamboo wood interior trim. Inside, the xDrive50i and xDrive35d are similarly equipped to the xDrive35i Premium trim. The X5 M adds 14-way power front seats, upgraded interior leather and alloy trim, driver’s seat thigh extension, and a 16-speaker, 600-watt stereo system. The xDrive35i Premium is well-equipped and might be the best choice for its comfort and utility.

Even with the X5’s above-average reliability, you might want to consider a certified pre-owned model. The BMW CPO program is offered on vehicles up to five years old and with less than 60,000 miles on the odometer. The program covers buyers for one year with unlimited mileage after the expiration of the four-year/50,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty for passenger cars and SUVs for a maximum of five years of coverage. Each BMW undergoes an inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available. Restrictions apply on transferring certified-pre-owned coverage to subsequent owners. Read the BMW warranty page carefully. The model's original sale date determines whether it is eligible for the CPO program.

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2013 BMW X5 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2013 BMW X5 or 2013 Audi Q7?

The 3-row 2013 Audi Q7 has a cleaner design and better interior materials than the X5. The Audi also has more overall passenger space than the BMW. Otherwise, the X5 is the better choice. It has much sportier handling and better reliability than the Q7’s low rating of two out of five.

Which Is Better: 2013 BMW X5 or 2013 Mercedes-Benz ML350?

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz M-Class is known for its well-made interior and spacious cargo area behind the second row. The Mercedes was also an IIHS Top Safety Pick, while the X5 received mixed marks from the NHTSA. The X5 offers better handling, but the two SUVs have similar horsepower. Both are good choices, but the X5 has a much lower total ownership cost.

Which Is Better: 2013 BMW X5 or 2013 BMW X6?

The 2013 BMW X6 could be considered the impractical alternative to its X5 sibling. The BMW X6 seats four, but its rear seats are cramped due to a sloping roofline. The two BMWs have the same horsepower, but the X5 has much better handling. The X5 is the better choice overall.

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