A Driving Machine for Seven

BMW's 2- or 3-row SUV remains one of the most fun-to-drive entries in the midsize luxury SUV segment. A wide range of engine options includes the bread-and-butter turbocharged 6-cylinder, a 445-horsepower turbocharged V8, a clean diesel engine rated to return 29 mpg on the highway and an all-new plug-in hybrid. The sporty BMW X5 can be a tad high-strung for some shoppers, but it makes up for it with excellent handling.

Driving It

From our 2017 BMW X5 full review: "Even the "slow" BMW X5 is pretty quick, thanks to a lineup of five different engines that never struggle to accelerate this big luxury SUV."

Fuel-Efficient Choices

BMW has a couple of options that can save you money at the pump. There's the xDrive35d, the diesel-powered X5, with 29 mpg on the highway. For the best fuel economy with a gas engine (and the most affordable X5), opt for the sDrive35i, which pairs a 6-cylinder engine with rear-wheel drive for 18 mpg around town and 25 on the highway. The newest option, the X5 xDrive40e, is a plug-in hybrid with 14 miles of all-electric range that can reach 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.

X5 Extra

If 445 horsepower just doesn't do it for you, you'll be glad to know the BMW X5 M offers up 567 horsepower, along with all the additional performance and visual upgrades you'd expect. The same treatment is also available in the sleeker BMW X6 M.

Build and Price

The 2017 BMW X5 lineup starts just above $56,000, and maxes out at right around $101,000. But those are sticker prices, and you should expect to pay a bit less. Build and price your own 2017 BMW X5 to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

More Midsize Luxury SUVs

The Audi Q7 is one of the X5's closest competitors, and the Acura MDX is an interesting, lower-priced alternative. Visit our Midsize Luxury SUV Buyer's Guide to become an instant expert on all your options.


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