(4.7) 18 reviews
MSRP: $4,698$12,170
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

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, 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


Consumer Reviews


Average based on 18 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

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

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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