(4.5) 29 reviews
MSRP: $15,179$29,651
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 17-22
Engine: 265-hp, 3.0-liter I-6 (diesel)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
Seats: 5-7
2012 BMW X5

Our Take on the 2012 BMW X5

Our Take

BMW's all-wheel-drive X5 crossover uses the turbocharged six-cylinder and V-8 engines also seen in models like the 5 Series and X6. Also offered are a diesel xDrive35d model and a high-performance X5 M version. Depending on the model, the X5 can seat five people in two rows or seven in thre... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Reliability
  • Small cargo area
  • Gets pricey with options

Notable Features

  • Turbocharged six-cylinder or twin-turbo V-8
  • Turbo-diesel six-cylinder (xDrive35d)
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission (xDrive35i, xDrive50i)
  • Regenerative braking
  • Standard AWD
  • Available 555-hp X5 M

5 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.