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2014 BMW X5 Review

The 2014 BMW X5 is a favorite among reviewers, garnering praise for its athletic handling, powerful engines, and luxurious interior. Seating in two rows is spacious and comfortable, but cargo space is limited, and the optional third row is not adult-friendly. 

Pros & Cons

  • Strong engine lineup
  • Athletic handling
  • Classy interior styling
  • Small cargo space




Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2014 BMW X5 Overview

Is the 2014 BMW X5 a Good Used SUV?

Driving the sporty 2014 BMW X5 is more invigorating than driving a comfort-focused SUV like the Lexus RX 350. Expect to feel pampered on your journey as well, thanks to the BMW's lush cabin and outstanding soundproofing. This is also a great midsize SUV for those with kids; it was a finalist for our 2014 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for Families award.

The 2014 BMW X5 has three powerful turbocharged engines to choose from, starting with a potent standard six-cylinder in the 35i-designated models. For more authoritative acceleration and power, step up to the turbo V8 (in the xDrive50i), or opt for the turbocharged diesel engine (under the hood of the xDrive35d). According to the EPA, the base 2014 X5 earns 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway – that's above average for a luxury midsize SUV. In comparison, the 2014 Land Rover LR4 gets 15 mpg city/19 mpg highway. With the turbodiesel engine, the X5 earns 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway – an outstanding rating for the class. The X5 has agile handling for a vehicle of this size, with precise steering and strong brakes.

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The 2014 X5 seats five people in two rows, and an available third row increases capacity to seven. The handsome cabin has high-quality materials throughout, and touches like leatherette upholstery (full leather is available) and heated front seats coddle you. The X5's first- and second-row seats are supportive and spacious, while the available third row is comfortable for children only (which is normal for a midsize SUV's third row). To secure child safety seats, three easy-to-find tether anchors are mounted in the second row. Lower anchors – on the outboard second-row seats only – take a little extra elbow grease to use. The X5's cargo capacity is not particularly generous for the class.

The 2014 X5 is replete with high-tech features. Straightforward controls and a crisp 10.2-inch display are highlights of its iDrive Infotainment system, which also offers Bluetooth, HD Radio, navigation, and a nine-speaker audio system. Among the opulent upgrades are a 360-degree parking camera system, a night vision system with pedestrian detection, a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system, and soft-close automatic doors.

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Used 2014 BMW X5 Prices

A used 2014 X5 sDrive35i starts at around $35,000, and a top-of-the-line X5 xDrive50i trim costs about $45,000. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 BMW X5?

The 2014 BMW X5 is about average when it comes to reliability, with a score of three out of five from J.D. Power and Associates. Competitors including the 2014 Lexus RX 350 and the 2014 Porsche Cayenne do much better in this area.

How Safe Is the X5?

The 2014 BMW X5 only underwent partial crash test analysis from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It received top scores in both completed tests, however, and it offers a Superior level of front crash prevention when equipped with the optional Collision Warning with braking function.

The 2014 X5 comes standard with front and rear parking sensors. Available safety equipment consists of a 360-degree camera system, a head-up display, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and a night vision system. That's comparable to or better than other rivals with high safety ratings, such as the 2014 Volkswagen Touareg, 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class, and 2014 Volvo XC90.

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Should I Consider Another Used X5?

The X5 was completely redesigned for the 2014 model year, and there's little reason to buy a later used model. Reliability inches upward in the 2015 and 2016 model years, but so does the price. The 2015 X5 costs around $1,000 more but doesn't offer any significant improvements, and you'll pay close to the new sticker price to get a 2016 X5.

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Which Used BMW X5 Is Right for Me?

The 2014 X5 comes in four different trims: sDrive35i, xDrive35i, xDrive35d, and xDrive50i. The main differences between them are the drivetrain (the base sDrive is rear-wheel drive; all others are all-wheel drive) and the engine. The standard six-cylinder engine has 300 horsepower, and its brisk acceleration is enough for most daily driving needs. This trim also comes with a panoramic moonroof, a nine-speaker audio system, and sumptuous heated front seats. If you clock a lot of miles on your commute, you may want to consider the xDrive35d. Its diesel engine is thrifty, and it delivers an exhilarating amount of power, both off the line and at highway speeds.

You might also consider a certified pre-owned X5. The BMW CPO program has three levels based on the vehicle’s age and the number of miles on the odometer: Certified Pre-Owned Elite, Certified Pre-Owned, and Pre-Owned. Each level receives the balance of the original new-car warranty. Certified Pre-Owned Elite vehicles get an additional one-year/25,000-mile warranty, while Certified Pre-Owned models receive an additional two-year/50,000-mile warranty. Pre-Owned BMWs receive no additional coverage. Each BMW undergoes an inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the BMW warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 13 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Instead of creating a BMW X5 review based on personal opinion, we've combined multiple reviews and data points to develop a much broader picture of this luxury midsize SUV. Included in our overview are details on the X5 engine options and comparisons with top rivals.

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2014 BMW X5 and Other SUVS to Consider

Which is Better: 2014 BMW X5 or 2014 BMW X3?

The 2014 BMW X3 is smaller – it's a compact SUV, while the X5 is a midsize – and can seat up to five people. Though it's about 8 inches shorter, you don't lose much space when it comes to overall cargo volume, and legroom for passengers in the first or second row is about the same in both. The X3 has fewer standard features (it's missing niceties like heated front seats, a panoramic moonroof, and navigation), but what it lacks in amenities, it makes up for in price savings, undercutting the X5 by an average of $13,700. The X3 posts slightly better performance and reliability scores than the X5, making it the better buy overall, so long as you don't need the third-row seat or opulent interior touches.

Which is Better: 2014 BMW X5 or 2014 BMW X6?

The 2014 BMW X6 and X5 are similarly sized and in the same class, but the X6 is a different animal altogether. This four-person ride is more of a performance crossover SUV than an adventuring or people-hauling SUV. Its acceleration and handling gains over the X5 are minimal, though, and unless you step up to the M sport model, you'll find that the X6's engine options closely match those of the X5. Unless you're drawn to the coupe-style design of the X6, you'll likely find the X5 more practical and equally athletic.

Which is Better: 2014 BMW X5 or 2014 Audi Q7?

Another sporty contender born out of Germany is the 3-row 2014 Audi Q7. It comes with compelling powertrain options including supercharged V6 engines and a fuel-efficient turbodiesel V6. Those looking for an elegant and coddling ride will feel at home on the Q7's leather upholstery, with heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an 11-speaker sound system among its included amenities. The Q7 doesn't keep up with the X5 when it comes to reliability, and with much more dynamic handling, the X5 can run circles around the Q7.

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