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2020 BMW X5
$58,900 — $82,150 MSRP
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SUV
5-7 Seats
18-23 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Spacious interior
  • Strong acceleration
  • Comfortable ride
  • Quality interior materials
  • Plenty of second-row legroom

The Bad

  • Numb steering feel
  • Over-sensitive lane departure warning
  • Constantly twitchy lane keep assist
  • Useless gesture controls
  • No Android Auto
  • Split liftgate can make loading difficult
2020 BMW X5 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 BMW X5
  • New 523-hp M50i trim level available
  • Five- or seven-seat mid-size luxury SUV
  • Turbo six-cylinder or V-8 engine
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Apple CarPlay standard

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2020 BMW X5 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Fred Meier

BMW’s 2020 X5 and X7 SUVs will get M50i performance models powered by a new version of BMW’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 putting out 523...

BMW’s 2020 X5 and X7 SUVs will get M50i performance models powered by a new version of BMW’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 putting out 523 horsepower and 553 pounds-feet of torque. The output is an increase of 67 hp and 74 pounds-feet of torque over the xDrive 50i models of the X5, redone for 2019, and the all-new 2019 X7.

Related: 2019 BMW X5 Review: Excellent SUV, Iffy BMW

The V-8 will be mated to an eight-speed automatic with updated software that can adapt shifting behavior to the route and road conditions using data from the SUV’s navigation system and also, if the vehicle has it, from the adaptive cruise control system’s radar sensor. The SUVs also have paddle shifters and a launch control system. BMW estimates the X5 M50i will accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in 4.1 seconds; the X7 M50i will take 4.5 seconds. Tops speeds for both will be limited to 130 mph with all-season tires and 155 mph with summer tires.

BMW’s xDrive torque-vectoring all-wheel drive with a rear bias is standard on the SUVs as is an electronic M Sport locking rear differential and larger M Sport brakes. Both SUVs get an M tuned suspension. The X5 M50i is fitted with adaptive suspension standard, while standard on the X7 and optional on the X5 is an air suspension system that can lower the ride height by 0.8 inches when the vehicle is in Sport mode or going more than 85 mph. Alternatively, it can increase the ride height by 1.6 inches for situations when the driver wants more ground clearance. An optional handling package adds active steering and roll stabilization.

The X5 M50i comes with 20-inch alloy wheels and all-season run-flat tires. Go-fast options include 21-wheels with performance run-flat tires, 275/40R21 in front and 315/35R21 in the rear; and 22-inch wheels with 275/35R22 performance tires in the front and 315/30R22 in the rear. The X7 M50i gets standard 22-inch alloy wheels shod with 275/40R22 performance tires in the front and 315/35R22 in the rear, with 21-inch wheels and all-season tires optional.

Beyond the performance parts, the two M50i SUVs are dressed up with more aggressive front and rear bumpers (with larger cooling openings in the front) and sportier lower door panels. Inside they get lighted M50i doorsills, an M leather steering wheel, sport seats with perforated leather upholstery with contrast stitching and black headliners (Alcantara in the X7).

Standard tech features include adaptive headlights (with BMW’s LED Laserlight technology standard on the X7 and optional on the X5). Also included are blind spot and lane departure alerts, wireless phone charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 12.3-inch configurable instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch center multimedia and control touchscreen that also has an iDrive controller.

Upscale options include glass controls and a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround audio system. You’ll also have to pay extra for active safety and semi-autonomous driving tech that includes  adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane-keeping assist, automatic lane change, evasive steering assist, front cross-traffic alert and BMW’s Extended Traffic Jam Assistance that allows hands- and pedal-free driving on limited-access highways There also is a package with parking assistance tech and a 360-degree camera system.

The X5 M50i will start at $83,145, while the X7 M50i will start at $100,595 (prices include destination). Production of the two new M models begins in August at the BMW plant in South Carolina, and they will go on sale in the fall.

Cars.com’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with Cars.com’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
41 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.4)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

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(5.0)

It’s a 5,600# hot rod!

by JungleGeorge from Ammon, Idaho on October 15, 2020

Great quality. Performance is awesome. Plenty of room inside. Great all around vehicle. Technology is top notch. BMW has outdone themselves again. The Ultimate Driving Machine. Read full review

(5.0)

Bought it though it didn't top list originally

by HenryM from Leander, TX on September 21, 2020

I was looking for an SUV, and BMW was not on top of my list. However, I decided to take a look before making my final decision. Troy Massey was friendly, helpful and applied no pressure. In the ended ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 BMW X5 currently has 5 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2020 BMW X5 sDrive40i

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

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

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

Other

Roof Strength
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

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs 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

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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.

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