2016 BMW X5

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$54,700

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

21

Combined MPG

7

Seating capacity

192.4” x 69.4”

Dimensions

Rear-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Diesel's estimated fuel economy
  • iDrive control system

The bad:

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

4 trims

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Notable features

  • 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 review: Our expert's take

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 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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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior 4.8
  • Performance 4.8
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

1.0

CROOK

I purchased a 2016 BMW x5 which was a total lemon. When I got it home (135mi) it was pouring transmission fluid. Took to have it looked at and was told i needed a new transmission and all new parts. I called the manager, Moe Eid, and he would not take my calls to see if we could come to some resolution. I recommend if you are considering any car at this location to "RUN" like xxxx. May repairs cost $25,000, which is more than I paid for the car. Moe Eid, is selling junk cars that look good on the exterior but a piece of junk under the hood. "RUN"

5.0

X5 M Sport (best SUV on Earth)

Perfect vehicle in every way! Amazing gas mileage yet, faster than most SUV’s… I would recommend to anyone looking for a rocket on wheels. Love this ride!

5.0

Best SUV I have ever owned!

My X5 is very roomy and has lots of space in the trunk for all of my stuff! It has a sporty look and smooth ride. I am really happy with my X5!

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Safety

Based on the 2016 BMW X5 base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
5
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
5
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
5
Overall rating
5
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
18.8%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
48 months/50,000 miles
Corrosion
144 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Maintenance
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty
Powertrain
N/A
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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