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2018 BMW X5 M

$101,700 — $101,700 MSRP
SUV
5 Seats
16 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 3 reviews

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
2018 BMW X5 M exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2018 BMW X5 M
  • 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

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

 

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

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

5.0
3 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

best engine

by Mfan from NY on October 22, 2018

good but no value overtime. car will run great and be worth the money but when it?s time to sell it value tanked. i would recommend to lease. Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable but also most comfortable car.

by RLM5 from Fresno ca on April 17, 2018

This car is luxury as well as reliable and duarable. The M package is on another level and I don’t know if I can go back from it now. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2018 BMW X5 M currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2018 BMW X5 M 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

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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 M 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.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker