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2017 BMW X5 Review

The 2017 BMW X5 is both graceful and powerful, achieving the hard-to-reach middle ground between luxury and sport. This well-balanced disposition slots the X5 into the top third of our midsize luxury SUV rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Range of powerful engines
  • Lithe handling
  • Spacious front seats
  • Optional third row is cramped




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 6.9
Safety: 9.7
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2017 BMW X5 Overview

Is the 2017 BMW X5 a Good Used SUV?

In short: absolutely. The 2017 BMW X5 is not only a good SUV, it’s among the best used luxury midsize SUVs you can buy. Refinement is everywhere you look, from the handsome interior to the selection of enthusiastic powertrains. Its carefully balanced driving dynamics slant toward sportiness, but the ride is still relaxing enough that passengers will feel comfortable on rougher roads. Its shortcomings are few, though shoppers looking for a 3-row SUV should know that space in the X5's optional third row is limited.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our BMW X5 review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than two dozen sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The Best Cars team – a division of U.S. News & World Report – has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007. With more than 75 years of combined automotive experience, our editors, writers, and analysts rank a wide variety of new and used cars and issue three annual awards: Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands. To keep our recommendations unbiased, we decline expensive gifts from carmakers, and a third party handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2017 BMW X5?

Prices for a 2017 BMW X5 range from about $40,600 to $68,000. The average list price is $52,000. These estimates, which are based on about 450 listings for the 2017 X5 on our used car site, are higher than the prices of a number of competitors. For instance, you’ll pay $43,400 on average for a 2017 Acura MDX. Exact prices depend on factors such as mileage, vehicle condition, trim level, and regional demand.

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How Much Does the 2017 BMW X5 Cost to Own?

One of the reasons the X5 doesn’t score higher in our rankings is due to its high ownership costs. Over five years, you can expect to pay almost $34,000 to insure, fuel, repair, and maintain a 2017 X5. In comparison, these expenses for a 2017 Lexus RX are estimated to be $31,000 over five years.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New X5?

Buying a used 2017 X5 is a much better value than a buying a new X5. This SUV carries over mostly unchanged for 2018. Though the 2018 X5 comes standard with a rearview camera, this option was also available for the 2017 model year. Plus, by purchasing a used X5 instead of a new one, you can save money. The difference between the average price of a 2017 X5 on our used car site ($52,000) and the starting MSRP of a new 2018 X5 ($57,200) is around $5,200. You may also get a better value with a used model, as it could be better equipped than the base 2018 model.

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If you’d prefer to buy new, but you want to stick closer to the 2017 X5’s average price point, there are a few rival SUVs worth considering. The 2018 Audi Q7 ($49,900) and 2018 Acura MDX ($44,200) both place in the top third of our luxury midsize SUV rankings. They present an attractive blend of comfort, standard features, and dynamic handling. If cutting-edge safety and entertainment technology appeal to you, you should also take a look at the 2018 Volvo XC90 ($46,900).

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Which Model Year of the BMW X5 Is Best? 

The 2017 X5 is part of a generation that debuted for the 2014 model year and includes the 2018 model. In this span, BMW has made few updates to the X5. There are a handful of changes to note: the X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid was added for 2016, a Wi-Fi hot spot and wireless device charging were added to the options list for 2017, and a rearview camera became standard for 2018. Beyond that, however, very little differentiates the model years in this generation. They even post nearly identical scores in our rankings. That means you may want to consider a very similar – but less expensive – 2014, 2015, or 2016 model instead.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 BMW X5?

The 2017 X5 has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. A score of three is considered average for a used vehicle.

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2017 BMW X5 Recalls

As of this writing, there are two recalls for the 2017 X5. Each affects less than 50 vehicles. The first recall replaces a potentially faulty passenger air bag, and the second installs the correct tire information placard in the vehicle. Before buying a used X5, make sure that any applicable recalls have been addressed by an authorized BMW dealer. 

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Which Used BMW X5 Model Is Right for Me?

BMW differentiates each of the X5’s trims with a different drivetrain. The base X5 sDrive35i, the only rear-wheel-drive model, comes with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine. BMW adds all-wheel drive to this configuration to create the X5 xDrive35i. These two trims present the best value, and though they are relatively light on features, you do get goodies like a 10.2-inch infotainment screen with navigation, heated and 14-way power-adjustable front seats, and a panoramic moonroof. In addition to these standard features, BMW offered a nice selection of options. These include a third row of seats, Apple CarPlay, ventilated front seats, and active park assist.

Performance junkies will want to seek out either the X5 xDrive50i or the spendy (but satisfying) X5 M. Powering these SUVs are twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8s rated at 445 and 567 horsepower, respectively. BMW also offers two fuel-efficient models: the turbodiesel-powered X5 xDrive35d, and the X5 xDrive40e iPerformance plug-in hybrid.

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What Does BMW's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

The BMW Certified CPO program is available on vehicles no older than five years with between 300 and 60,000 miles on the odometer. The program covers buyers for one year with unlimited mileage after the four-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty has expired. This warranty can be renewed for a fee, but there is a maximum of five years of coverage. Each BMW must pass a road test and a 196-point inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available. This CPO coverage can be transferred to subsequent owners, but some restrictions may apply, so read the BMW warranty page carefully.

BMW has one of the less-attractive CPO programs among luxury car manufacturers, according to our research. You’ll get better warranties from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the X5?

The BMW X5 earned top scores in almost every crash test performed. From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the X5 received a perfect five-star overall safety rating. Additionally, the NHTSA gave five stars in the X5's frontal and side crash tests, but only four stars in the rollover category. Only two tests were conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and the X5 aced both of them.

The X5 comes standard with front and rear parking sensors. An abundance of advanced safety features are optional, including a rearview camera, a 360-degree camera, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, a night vision camera, automatic parallel parking, and adaptive pivoting headlights.

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2017 BMW X5 Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 BMW X5 or 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE?

Spirited drivers will undoubtedly enjoy driving a BMW X5 more than driving a Mercedes-Benz GLE. However, if you’re looking for a family-friendly SUV or you prefer comfort over athleticism, the GLE is an appealing choice. It has two rows of cushy seats and more cargo space than most (except with the coupe body style). The GLE also earns top crash test ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and it comes with a wealth of advanced safety features. These include a driver drowsiness monitor, crosswind assist, and trailer stability assist.

Which Is Better: 2017 BMW X5 or 2017 Audi Q7?

The Audi Q7 and BMW X5 are both excellent midsize SUVs. Out of the two, the Q7 is a better value; it adds standard treats like leather upholstery, a third-row seat, and all-wheel drive. Caregivers will also appreciate the Q7's LATCH hardware, which is easy to use. The Q7 can't match the X5's above-average history of reliability, though.

Which Is Better: 2017 BMW X5 or 2017 Porsche Cayenne?

Like the BMW X5, the Porsche Cayenne deftly blends luxury and performance. Performance-wise, it’s one of the most athletic SUVs in this segment, while the interior envelops passengers in a sports-car-like cabin that's elegant and quiet. The Cayenne’s biggest flaw is its value. On average, you’ll spend about $15,000 more for a 2017 Cayenne than a 2017 X5. If you can afford the Porsche, go for it. Otherwise, the X5 is a worthy alternative.

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2017 X5 Performance

How Does the 2017 BMW X5 Drive?

The X5’s bountiful list of powertrains starts with an energetic 300-horsepower engine. For a faster leap from the start, opt for one of the two V8 engines, with ratings as high as 567 horsepower in the high-performance X5 M. BMW also offers two fuel-efficient options: a plug-in hybrid powertrain and a diesel engine. No matter which engine you select, plenty of power is on tap. All models are turbocharged, and every trim (except for the base sDrive) includes all-wheel drive.

The X5 manages to skillfully combine athletic handling with a comfortable ride so that everyone on board is content.

Does the 2017 BMW X5 Get Good Gas Mileage?

Fuel economy with base X5 sDrive35i is typical for a luxury midsize SUV, at 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. To save about $550 to $650 on your annual fuel costs, opt for the X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid (rated at 56 mpg-equivalent combined city/highway) or the X5 xDrive 35d turbodiesel (rated at 23 mpg city/29 mpg highway).

2017 BMW X5 Towing Capacity

Depending on the powertrain and towing equipment, the 2017 X5 can tow up to 6,000 pounds.

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2017 X5 Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 X5 Seat?

The X5 comes standard as a 2-row SUV with room for five. Models equipped with the optional third-row seat can carry up to seven people. The front seats are tremendously comfortable, thanks in part to their standard heating and 14-way power adjustments. The second row is also spacious and relaxing. The optional third row, like many other midsize SUVs, is convenient for small passengers but cramped for adults.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 BMW X5?

There are three tether anchors in the X5’s second row, all of which are clearly marked. The outboard seats also come with lower anchors. This hardware is more challenging to use, partly because of how deep the anchors are buried in the seat cushions. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the X5’s system a Marginal rating – the second lowest – for ease of use.

2017 BMW X5 Features

The X5 comes standard with a 10.2-inch display, navigation, a USB port, Bluetooth, and HD Radio. You can interact with the iDrive infotainment interface using the touch screen, the touchpad controller, or a handful of buttons and knobs. Overall, the system is responsive and fairly easy to learn.

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2017 BMW X5 Dimensions

BMW X5 Cargo Space

The X5’s 35.8 cubic feet of cargo room is above average for an SUV of this size. With the rear seats folded, the X5 offers up to 76.7 cubic feet of room. While most rival SUVs feature a one-piece rear hatch, the X5 comes with a split hatch – the top glass portion opens with the touch of a button, and the lower tailgate makes for a convenient seat or table.

BMW X5 Length and Weight

The X5 is 16.1 feet long and has a curb weight of about 5,260 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 BMW X5 Built?

BMW built the X5 in South Carolina.

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