• (4.8) 21 reviews
  • MSRP: $4,524$12,324
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 18-19
  • Engine: 225-hp, 3.0-liter I-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5
2006 BMW X5

Our Take on the 2006 BMW X5

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, the SUV wasn't really intended for off-roading. BMW calls the X5 a sports a... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Fuel economy and emissions
  • Backward sequential shifting
  • CD changer in cargo area
  • Difficult navigation system
  • Only summer tires on 4.8is
  • Rocker panel can soil pant leg

Notable Features

  • Standard AWD
  • Standard stability system
  • Manual transmission (3.0i)
  • Three engine choices
  • Variable ride height available

2006 BMW X5 Reviews

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 21 reviews

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Best all-around vehicle I've ever driven

by WayneInPA from Lehigh Valley, PA on January 5, 2011

I'm partial to BMWs mostly for the focus on the driver, road feel and interior design. With that said, I've had a few cars but the 2006 X5 3.0 (non-sport) was my first SUV. I bought it pre-owned from ... Read Full Review

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2006 BMW X5 Safety Ratings

Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on BMW X5 3.0i

Head Restraints and Seats
Moderate overlap front

IIHS Ratings

Based on BMW X5 3.0i

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

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