2021 BMW X5

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$59,400

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2021 BMW X5
2021 BMW X5

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

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

The bad:

  • Numb steering feel
  • Overly sensitive lane departure warning
  • Twitchy lane keep assist
  • Useless gesture controls
  • Split liftgate can make loading difficult

3 trims

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Notable features

  • Android Auto connectivity now standard
  • Five- or seven-seat mid-size luxury SUV
  • Turbo six-cylinder or V-8 engine
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Plug-in hybrid and performance X5 M also offered

2021 BMW X5 review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2021 BMW X5?

The BMW X5 mid-size luxury SUV seats five or seven, depending on the seating configuration. It’s available with rear- or all-wheel drive and is powered by a standard 335-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine or a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 that makes 523 hp in the M50i and 600 hp in the X5 M. A new plug-in hybrid variant is also available. All versions have an eight-speed automatic transmission, and competitors include the Audi Q7, Land Rover Range Rover Sport and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class.

What’s New on the 2021 BMW X5?

Satellite radio and Android Auto smartphone connectivity are now standard, and the 40i version now incorporates a mild-hybrid system. 

What Features in the 2021 BMW X5 Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • Digital instrument panel
  • 12.3-inch center touchscreen 
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Navigation
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • 40/20/40-split second-row seat
  • Forward collision warning with city collision mitigation
  • Blind spot warning
  • Lane departure warning

Available features include: 

  • Remote start
  • Wireless device charging
  • Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Head-up display
  • 360-degree camera system
  • Low-speed hands-free driving system
  • Air suspension
  • Heated front and second-row seats
  • Ventilated and massaging front seats
  • Heated steering wheel

Should I Buy the 2021 BMW X5?

The X5 is a luxurious, comfortable and quick luxury SUV. However, some of its active safety systems can be too sensitive, and the optional gesture-based control system is gimmicky. The available third-row seat is handy, but bear in mind that the space is best left for kids. 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.9
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 4.9
  • Value for the money 4.6
  • Exterior styling 4.9
  • Reliability 4.9

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Love my X5!

Love my X5! Gives us room we need to travel heavy! This vehicle is amazing. It is super comfortable and the technology is amazing. I am a super proud BMW owner!

4.7

Bought an new Defender but traded it after 5 month

I frequently change cars because I love to learn and experience new vehicles. I bought a new 2020 RR Defender and traded it after 5 months for the X5. I wasn't really looking for a new car but fell in love with the X5 while accompanying a friend on a test drive. I really like that it handles like an ultimate driving machine. And the drive characteristics are extremely customizable. It's quiet, quick and comfortable. No squeaks or rattles - the RR had a few. It's a solid German example of automotive excellence.

5.0

Love this car.

This is my 4th BMW. Love these cars. This one I have now is really a different car. The design and looks inside looks like a piece of art. The color is new. I love it. Manhattan Green.

See all 26 consumer reviews

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
Hybrid electric
96 months/80,000 miles
Maintenance
36 months/36,000 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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