I just purchased my 5th X5 since 2004, this, new and updated version of the BMW X5 is sleeker, faster, hugs the road and is wonderfully comfortable. Gas mileage has improved to 20mph - really a superb vehicle all around.
Rees was my greeter and was an excellent source of information and sales expediter. Rees explained the CarMax process and then Listened to the car features I required. He did searches of car max inventory, searches of manufacturers’ sites for additional info, and requested transfer of a vehicle from another location. There was no pressure to buy (CarMax has a five day return policy). Paperwork was efficient, and I even got help getting both the car I bought and the car I arrived in home. It was my first solo car buying experience so I especially appreciated that I got a car that suited me at a fair price and no hassle
by ShirleyG from Monterey, CA
October 31, 2017
The right size SUV for my growing family. Very comfortable especially for a long drive and lots of room front and back. Has twin turbo, equipped with navigation and backup camera all features my hubby loves. I am up higher compare to my 2016 RAV4 and feels really really comfortable.
Needed a larger car to accommodate my growing family. But also wanted something on the fuel-efficient side. There are very few plug in or fully electric SUVs (Mercedes, Volvo, Tesla, BMW). The X5 40e has been tremendous - it's plenty peppy, allows all electric driving around town (I'm getting 12-15 miles on the battery). For commutes under 40 miles, if you need an SUV, you should consider this. My only two fill ups (in 3 months of driving) have shown 29 and 37 MPG, respectively. The more short trips you do, the better.
Fernando Rivas is the best! His service was friendly and he made the process very easy. Bought a new BMW 3 series, can’t wait to drive it.
Good first attempt but held back from greatness
by MoMo from Malibu, Ca
July 31, 2017
This review is for the non-M-package X5 40e.
Good first attempt at a Hybrid SUV for BMW but needs refinement to reach greatness.
If your commute is around 12 miles a trip with a charger at each stop you can theoretically never fill up with gas which is a fantastic proposition. I've managed 41mpg (870 miles with one tank), but I've also managed 26mpg when I had to mix in a lot of highway driving (I drive very conservatively).
The 4-cylinder turbo is a far cry from anything VW group makes - a coarse almost dieselesque feeling unrefined 4-cylinder that could benefit from more horsepower and smoother operation for this 70k 5000lbs+ beast. Keep this thing charged to benefit from the additional punch from the electric motor to keep it moving at an acceptable pace.
On the topic of charging, it definitely is on the slower end of the spectrum.
The suspension needs to be honed in, the additional weight of this car due to the battery coupled with the soft suspension creates a tidal wave effect when going over uneven surfaces and the body roll in the twisties is more than BMW should have ever allowed.
The seats are best suited for small trips, after an hour of driving they get uncomfortable and I find myself shifting around a lot to find comfort.
Both exterior and especially interior are showing their age, although a very handsome exterior it's definitely time for the update that's around the corner.
The i-drive system is the best it's ever been, unfortunately BMW's slightly convoluted HVAC system isn't the best one on the market, VW/Audi are the masters of cold and hot air on demand from my experience. The amount of noise in relation to the amount of cooling and heating you get in the X5 is off...by a lot.
Rear seat room is great, cargo space is good, even though you give up some trunk volume due to the battery it hasn't affected me negatively one bit. The tailgate I absolutely love having, as a photographer it's been awesome to be able to work out of my trunk when needed.
The car is a good lease option for anyone in the market that needs an X5 and wants to capitalize on the hybrid benefits.
Here's hoping the next gen addresses the issues and I'm sure they'll have a winner on their hands.
Found a few cars I was interested in online. Called and was told how online works, but I was visiting Houston area the following week, so I decided I wanted to just go to the dealership. I was very impressed how easy this process was. After test driving four cars decided on the Maxima (my third Maxima). Was told it was not ready to roll and it would take a few days for it to be ready. I told the salesman that we were leaving Houston in three days and I needed to take the car with me. Thank you Sergio for making sure my car would be ready and texting me with updates, as I asked about the deadline promised.
zippy and god mpg for a large SUV
by robert from ca
July 15, 2017
I achive between 20 to 24 mpg wich is great for this size SUV. The m sport package is worth the money and the upgraded suspension ,wheels and body styling makes a big difference compared to the basic car.
Been a while since I???ve bought a new car, JOSE MARTELL made it a fun and worry free car buying experience, THanks for BMW for having such a great employee (Jose Martell) HAPPY HOLIDAYS
Nice ride and economic
by Ks from Newyork
April 8, 2017
Great car to drive and give u the feeling of a powerful ride but yet you are somehow contributing to saving the planet. Handles nicely, rigid and has good space but could sometimes feel like a minor lag in power but nothing of concern
Just sold my Car to them today. Entire process took around 25 minutes. Drove in with my 9 year old car. They inspected my car for about 10 minutes and gave me an estimate on the spot. Their offer was higher than what the car dealership had offered me. I expected the offer. I had my title with me. So, we completed the transaction there...it took around 10-25 minutes more. They gave me a cashier's check, that i enacted with my bank that day. Very simple and efficient !
by X5 E from Los Angeles
January 30, 2016
Ive own an x5 since 2005, and finally bought a new one last month. We decided to buy the x5 Edrive, and have been very happy with the car.
Ive been driving it for 4 weeks now..
You get about 18 miles on the charge, (city driving) and if you want sport mode, its been 14 mpg.
This car is faster than my old x5 4.4 , and its shocking to see the gas tank not move for days ....if you drive in Max E mode.
The size of the takes getting some use too, and the center counsel is not designed perfectly (it swallows up your key card-if not careful)
On average driving 40 miles a day , you can get about 45 mpg with conservative driving.
The car has the least interior noise I've ever not heard in a call... Its like being in a movie theater right before the movie starts...dead silence...really incredible.
The biggest drawback is the battery drains fast, and it takes a good 6 hours to charge fully on a regular plug.
Overall the car has exceeded our expectations
We had a great time. Sevice was great by all the staff. Stop by just to see the lot. And we ended up with a great car at a good price. Thank you very much.
The eDrive version is awesome
by Wohlf from MPLS, MN
November 14, 2018
40e doesn't cost that much more than the 6 cylinder and I am averaging 45mpg. Nice federal tax rebate and I get 800 miles on a tank of gas. Plus parking spots reserved for charging are generally primo and available. This car is the same 0-60 as the 6cyl, but smoother and quicker off the line. I just use a standard outlet in my garage, so a full charge takes 7 hours over night. Public charging spots are 3 times as fast. I take the car on road trips without charging and it operates like a normal X5. No downside to getting the hybrid that I can tell.
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