2016 BMW X5 Buyer's Guide

By Allyson Harwood on March 1, 2016 12:18 PM

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 30 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 not enough to keep it from earning a spot on our most recent list of 10 Best Luxury SUVs.

Driving It

From our 2016 BMW X5 full review: "No matter which model you choose, all X5 models deliver excellent handling on both wet and dry pavement, although sometimes at the expense of a comfortable ride."

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 30 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 if 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 2016 BMW X5 lineup starts around $55,000, and maxes out at right around the $100,000 mark. But those are sticker prices, and you should expect to pay a bit less. Build and price your own 2016 BMW X5 to unlock its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, 5-Year Cost to Own and more.

Consumer Reviews

KBB.com visitor and X5 owner The Stig uses this BMW to tow a 5,000-pound travel trailer, and says: "Great composed ride with the air suspension. Only reason it gets 9 out of 10 is the seat bolsters have a slight "groaning" sound when they inflate. I'm sure this is an easy warranty fix." Read more consumer reviews of the BMW X5.

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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