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KBB Expert Rating 9.2 / 10
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KBB Editors' Overview

By Matt Degen


The 2018 BMW X5 is the German automaker’s midsize-crossover SUV, slotting between the compact X3 and the forthcoming X7. Loathe to call it an SUV, the luxury brand prefers “Sports Activity Vehicle,” a designation that highlights the X5 favoring of on-road dynamics over off-road ruggedness. Indeed, compared to rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz GLE, Audi Q7, Lexus RX and Acura MDX, this BMW luxury-crossover SUV feels inherently athletic. Like those rivals, the X5 is filled with technology, advanced safety features and creature comforts. It also boasts a wider variety of powertrains than its competitors. With choices ranging from gasoline V6 and V8 engines to a plug-in hybrid and even a diesel, the 2018 X5 lineup is suited to a variety of tastes.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want a midsize-luxury-crossover SUV that feels more like a sports sedan than a traditional SUV, put the BMW X5 on your list. If a new diesel SUV is on your wish list, the X5 is one of just a few in this segment to still offer one (others are the Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover Velar).

You May Not Like This Car If...

The X5’s benefits don’t come cheap. Prices start over $58,000, and you’ll easily spend more with options. Rivals like the Acura MDX, Volvo XC90 and Infiniti QX60 can be had for much less, with that last one starting nearly $14,000 cheaper. If you regularly need a third row, wait for the 2019 BMW X7 or opt for the QX60, MDX or a full-size SUV.

What's New for 2018

Only minor updates have been made to the 2018 BMW X5. Among them are new wheel options and a revised interface for the iDrive navigation, audio and communication systems. Also, the tilting function of the rear glass in the panoramic moonroof has been removed.

Driving It Driving Impressions

With four different powertrains, the 2018 X5 luxury SUV has four distinct driving experiences. Broadly speaking, all have quick acceleration and nimble handling for an SUV. As with other BMWs, the X5 favors sportiness rather than a cream-puff ride, though it’s by no means uncomfortable. Starting with the base 35i model, plenty of power is on tap thanks to the standard turbocharged 6-cylinder engine. The difference is how it’s laid down: The sDrive35i is rear-wheel drive (RWD) and the only X5 as such. Drivers in Sunbelt states will do fine with this model and can save some money in the process. All other 2018 X5 models come with xDrive, BMW’s term for all-wheel drive (AWD), which provides enhanced traction for a variety of roads and weather conditions. Opting for the diesel xDrive35d grants swift acceleration and satisfying torque. The xDrive40e plug-in hybrid has the most distinct driving feel, as it can travel on gasoline, electricity alone (up to 14 miles) or both. The transitions may take some getting used to. Then there’s the xDrive50i. With its 445-horsepower turbo V8, it can blast to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and sounds gratifying doing it. If you’re still power-hungry, look to the high-performance X5 M, reviewed separately.

Favorite Features

POWERTRAIN VARIETY
The X5 offers a wide selection of powertrains in its class and suits a variety of desires and tastes. Those who appreciate green will like the xDrive40e plug-in hybrid, while those who want mean will relish the turbo V8 in the xDrive50i. In between are satisfying 6-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines.

INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM
We already liked the BMW X5's big 10.2-inch infotainment screen and intuitive scroll-and-click user interface. Now it's even better with a new touch screen, letting you either tap the screen or use the dial when it makes the most sense. Plus, the high-resolution screen is super-sharp.


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