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2021 BMW X5
$59,400 — $82,800 MSRP
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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
  • Overly sensitive lane departure warning
  • Twitchy lane keep assist
  • Useless gesture controls
  • Split liftgate can make loading difficult
2021 BMW X5 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2021 BMW X5
  • 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

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2021 BMW X5 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

What drivers are saying

4.6
24 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Love this car.

by PrincessP from Salem Oregon on April 19, 2021

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. Read full review

(5.0)

Great upgrade to an X5

by Victory from The Villages on April 18, 2021

Just purchased a 2021 BMW X5 with a trade-in of 2020 X3. I've been dealing with BMW of Ocala for a few years now and can only have the best to say about BMW of Ocala. Excellent people with special ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2021 BMW X5 currently has 11 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2021 BMW X5 has not been tested.

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

  • View All CPO Program 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.

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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