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Key Specs

of the 2016 BMW X5. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Diesel's estimated fuel economy
  • iDrive control system

The Bad

  • Leather upholstery not standard
  • Backup camera not standard
  • Grabby brakes (xDrive40e)

Notable Features of the 2016 BMW X5

  • New plug-in hybrid version
  • Seats five or seven people
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Choice of turbocharged engines, including a turbo-diesel

2016 BMW X5 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The BMW X5 crossover SUV seats up to seven when equipped with an optional third row. Competitors include the Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and Volvo XC90. There's a new plug-in hybrid version, the xDrive40e, for 2016.


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New for 2016
The X5 xDrive40e, a plug-in hybrid version of the X5, is available.

Significant Standard Features

  • 300-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder gas engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • LED fog lights
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Power liftgate
  • Navigation system with 10.2-inch screen
  • Push-button start
  • Heated front seats
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 255-hp, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter six-cylinder
  • 445-hp, turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 gas engine
  • All-wheel drive
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Variable-ratio steering
  • Active suspension
  • Leather upholstery
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking
  • Backup camera
  • Surround-view camera system
  • Night vision with pedestrian detection

X5 xDrive40e

The plug-in hybrid version of the X5 gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in combined driving and is powered by a four-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor. It can travel up to 14 miles on ...

Vehicle Overview

The BMW X5 crossover SUV seats up to seven when equipped with an optional third row. Competitors include the Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and Volvo XC90. There's a new plug-in hybrid version, the xDrive40e, for 2016.


(Skip to details on the: X5 xDrive40e)

New for 2016
The X5 xDrive40e, a plug-in hybrid version of the X5, is available.

Significant Standard Features

  • 300-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder gas engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • LED fog lights
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Power liftgate
  • Navigation system with 10.2-inch screen
  • Push-button start
  • Heated front seats
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 255-hp, turbo-diesel 3.0-liter six-cylinder
  • 445-hp, turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 gas engine
  • All-wheel drive
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Variable-ratio steering
  • Active suspension
  • Leather upholstery
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Harman Kardon or Bang & Olufsen premium stereo
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking
  • Backup camera
  • Surround-view camera system
  • Night vision with pedestrian detection

X5 xDrive40e

The plug-in hybrid version of the X5 gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in combined driving and is powered by a four-cylinder gas engine and an electric motor. It can travel up to 14 miles on electric power alone when the lithium-ion battery pack is fully charged.

What's Special

  • Gas engine and electric motor make 308 hp total
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Special driving mode recharges battery pack

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Latest 2016 X5 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Very comfortable, luxury and elegant.

by Shanju from Briarwood, N.Y. on July 24, 2018

Very luxurious. Comfortable, Elegant look. Fantastic body style makes my ride more enjoyable I recommend to purchase this car for everyone nobody will disappointed when the right one about this kind ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great SUV

by jpsnomad from McCall, Idaho on July 11, 2018

I love this car for its comfort and range between fill ups. Very reliable and fun to drive. Great in all conditions. This is my third X5....I love them. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 BMW X5 currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 BMW X5 sDrive35i

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by BMW

Program Benefits

Comprehensive inspection by BMW technician, 24/7 Roadside Assistance, BMW Assist. Exceptional vehicles with exceptional coverage

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Miles for 1-Year

    BMW Certified Pre-Owned: Covers you for unlimited miles for 1-year, after the expiration o f the 4-year / 50,000 mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty for a total of 5 years with unlimited miles. This includes up to 5 years and unlimited miles of BMW Roadside Assistance and BMW Assist (TM) on many late model BMW vehicles. Additional plans are available to extend your vehicle's coverage for up to a total of 6 years with unlimited miles. See your BMW Center for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Comprehensive inspection.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The X5 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker