(4.4) 19 reviews
MSRP: $4,852$11,504
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 18-19
Engine: 225-hp, 3.0-liter I-6 (premium)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
Seats: 5
2005 BMW X5

Our Take on the 2005 BMW X5

Our Take

BMW joined the luxury sport utility vehicle ranks in the 2000 model year with its car-based X5, challenging midsize SUVs from Infiniti, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz. Even though it had permanently engaged all-wheel drive, it wasn't really intended for off-roading. BMW calls the X5 a sports activi... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Fuel economy and emissions
  • Interior materials quality
  • Backward sequential shifting
  • CD changer in cargo area
  • Poor navigation system
  • Only summer tires on 4.8is
  • Rocker panel dirties pant leg

Notable Features

  • Standard AWD
  • Standard stability system
  • Manual transmission (3.0i)
  • Variable ride height (option)
  • Heated power-reclining backseat (option)


Our Expert Reviews

Imagine my surprise when this luxury Sports Activity Vehicle actually draws blood. When pulling off the covers to get to the Latch connectors, a sharp plastic edge slices right into my fingertip. Thank goodness for leather seats that wipe clean easily.Once the offender is safely removed and my finger is bandaged, the Latch connectors prove easy enough to get to. A little elbow grease and three ... Read full review for the 2005 BMW X 5

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Tough luxury

by Dr Demento from Gig Harbor, WA on July 21, 2011

The BMW X5 sets itself apart from truck-like SUVs with the smoothly luxurious interiors, ultra comfy seats and quiet but sesponsive ride the 5 series is known for. Yes, it is for activity; four guys a... Read Full Review

3 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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