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Key Specs

of the 2018 BMW X5. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Seat comfort
  • Handling
  • Cabin materials
  • Diesel's estimated fuel economy
  • iDrive control system

The Bad

  • Leather upholstery not standard
  • Awkward liftgate and tailgate combo

Notable Features of the 2018 BMW X5

  • Mid-size luxury SUV
  • Seats five or seven people
  • Turbo six-cylinder or V-8 gas engines
  • Plug-in hybrid, turbo-diesel versions available
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • High-performance X5 M available

2018 BMW X5 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: The BMW X5 mid-size luxury SUV seats up to seven when equipped with an optional third row. Competitors include the Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and Volvo XC90. A turbocharged gas six-cylinder engine is standard, but the X5 also offers a turbo-diesel engine, a turbocharged gas V-8 and a plug-in hybrid in the xDrive40e model. BMW also sells a high-performance variant, the X5 M.

New for 2018

A backup camera is now standard, as are trapezoidal tailpipes for the 35i and 35d models.

X5 xDrive40e

The plug-in hybrid version of the X5 gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in combined driving, powered by a four-cylinder gas engine and 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 horsepower total
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Special driving mode recharges battery pack

X5 M

The high-performance X5 M is powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine that makes 567 hp and 553 pounds-feet of torque. The engine works with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and power is routed to all four wheels. BMW says the X5 M can hit 60 mph in just 4 seconds. As expected of a performance offshoot, the X5 M has unique bumpers, aggressive side sills and highly bolstered sport seats.

What's Special

  • 21-inch alloy wheels standard
  • M-tuned all-wheel drive standard
  • Active suspension standard
  • Quad exhaust tips

 

Vehicle Overview

What it is: The BMW X5 mid-size luxury SUV seats up to seven when equipped with an optional third row. Competitors include the Audi Q7, Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and Volvo XC90. A turbocharged gas six-cylinder engine is standard, but the X5 also offers a turbo-diesel engine, a turbocharged gas V-8 and a plug-in hybrid in the xDrive40e model. BMW also sells a high-performance variant, the X5 M.

New for 2018

A backup camera is now standard, as are trapezoidal tailpipes for the 35i and 35d models.

X5 xDrive40e

The plug-in hybrid version of the X5 gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in combined driving, powered by a four-cylinder gas engine and 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 horsepower total
  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Special driving mode recharges battery pack

X5 M

The high-performance X5 M is powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine that makes 567 hp and 553 pounds-feet of torque. The engine works with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and power is routed to all four wheels. BMW says the X5 M can hit 60 mph in just 4 seconds. As expected of a performance offshoot, the X5 M has unique bumpers, aggressive side sills and highly bolstered sport seats.

What's Special

  • 21-inch alloy wheels standard
  • M-tuned all-wheel drive standard
  • Active suspension standard
  • Quad exhaust tips

 


Latest 2018 X5 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Another example of "perfection"!

by Ken F "BMW sports-fan" from Stillwater, MN on September 25, 2018

This is my fourth BMW. It's unbelievable how BMW can keep advancing their sophisticated technology through each model cycle, obsoleting so much of the previous. Read full review

(5.0)

I believe it is the best car in the would!

by Xiecheng Ma from Glenshaw, PA on September 14, 2018

I love this car because it is easy to drive and control. This car has a automatic hold itself function during stopping in traffic flow. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 BMW X5 currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 BMW X5 sDrive35i

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
marginal

Headlights

Overall Rating
acceptable

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

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by BMW
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    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 warranty

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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.

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.

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