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BMW X5 Review, For Sale, Colours, Interior, Specs & News

The BMW X5 marked the German prestige carmaker's first foray into the world of SUVs when it launched in 1999.

The five-door medium sized SUV was also the first of the German makers to debut a unibody-style SUV. Now into its third generation - priced from $106,900 to $222,900 - which launched in 2014, the X5 is available in all-wheel drive form with a range of engines including frugal diesels in the X Models X5 Xdrive25D, through to the turbocharged V8 petrol monster under the bonnet of the X Models X5 M Competition.

In a first for the model, the X5 is also available with rear-wheel drive. It can be specified with seven seats, as well.

BMW X Models Price and Specs

The price range for the BMW X Models varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $46,900 and going to $228,900 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2022 SUV 1.5L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $46,900 $228,900
2021 SUV 1.5L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $38,100 $229,350
2020 SUV 1.5L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $37,100 $224,950
2019 SUV 1.5L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $33,300 $216,040
2018 SUV 1.5L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $30,100 $185,900
See All BMW X Models Pricing and Specs


Check out real-world situations relating to the BMW X5 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • BMW X5 diesel problems

    Despite the price and BMW’s reputation, this series of X5 was not without its problems. Specific to the diesel-engined versions was a raft of things to watch out for when shopping for a second-hand X5. Those start with a poorly designed intake system which used small flaps in each inlet trat designed to create better air and fuel mixing and, therefore, more complete burning of the fuel. The problem was that these little flaps were secured by two screws each, and these could become loose and fall into the engine with catastrophic results. In some cases, the screws could even migrate into the turbocharger unit, destroying it.

    Like many other brands of modern turbo-diesel, the X5 could also be afflicted by problems caused by a blocked Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). If the vehicle was used for urban work rather than highway running, the DPF could become clogged and unable to regenerate itself. Any X5 diesel with a `Service Engine Soon’ light illuminated on the dashboard is a potential problem child.

    The car’s exhaust gas recirculation valve could also leak, causing faults within the emissions-control system, while the electronics associated with the fuel injectors could also be damaged by water entering the engine compartment.

    Beyond the diesel engine, the rest of the X5 package was not without problems, either. Those can include electronic issues, poor water sealing around the body, noisy suspension and problems with petrol-engined variants as well. Fundamentally, this was not BMW’s finest hour quality-wise. It’s also worth noting that even though the BMW brand is a German one, this generation of X5s was manufactured in South Carolina in the USA.

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  • Would swapping 20-inch wheels for 18-inch wheels affect the handling and safety of my BMW X5?

    Urban dwellers love the look of huge wheels and low-profile tyres, but their country cousins generally hate them. That’s because those some giant wheel and tyre packages make the car ride more harshly and the tyres themselves are more prone to damage because there’s less sidewall to soak up impacts.

    Switching to an 18-inch wheel and a tyre with more sidewall would definitely make the car ride better, but it’s not always that simple. For a start, you might run into problems in a legal and insurance sense because you’ve suddenly modified the car. To get around that, you should stick to the smallest wheel and tyre package that the manufacturer specified for that vehicle. In the case of a current model BMW X5 that’s a 19-inch wheel and tyre. That’s going to give a better ride than the 20-inch items you currently have, but it won’t be as big an improvement as an 18-inch package. If, however, yours is not the current model X5, then previous models did, in fact, offer an 18-inch package.

    Either way, check with your insurance company that you’re not transgressing at some pedantic level and check, too, that the smaller wheels won’t drastically alter the overall gearing and suddenly make your speedometer inaccurate.

    As for handling and braking, the differences between an 18-inch and 20-inch wheel tyre package would only be felt on a race-track and not in everyday driving conditions. But the improvement to ride quality will be felt every time you drive the vehicle.

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  • BMW X5: Replacement key cost

    An automotive locksmith might be able to help you on the cheap, but if they can't you'll need to go to your dealer. You can read more about how to replace your key fob here.


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  • Land Rover Discovery 3 and BMW X5 2009: Maintenance costs

    What you want isn’t readily available, so I would suggest you survey a number of mechanics specialising in Discoveries and X5s to get the information.

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BMW X5 Colours

  • Alpine White
  • Carbon Black
  • Black Sapphire
  • Mineral White
  • Phytonic Blue
  • Arctic Grey
  • Sunstone
  • Tanzanite Blue II
  • Ruby Black
  • Pyrite Brown
  • Ametrine
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website. Shown above are the colours for the BMW X5 2019.

BMW X5 Seats

The following BMW X5 is only available with a five seat configuration. There are three distinct upholstery trim levels available across the range, being: Leatherette, Leather ‘Vernasca’ and Leather ‘Merino.’ Leatherette is the only standard option on the xDrive25d and is unavailable on any other variant with the choice of either Black or Canberra Beige. Leather ‘Vernasca’ is available as standard on the xDrive30d, xDrive40i, xDrive45e and M50i and as an optional extra on the xDrive25d. There is a choice of four upholsteries: Ivory White, Coffee, Black or Black with Brown contrast stitching, with the final only available in combination with the M Sport Package. Leather ‘Merino’ upholstery is optional on all variants with the choice of: Ivory White, Coffee, Black or Ivory White with Night Blue Bi-Colour.

Shown above are seat details for the BMW X5 2019.

BMW X Models Wheel Size

The BMW X5 has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 275x45 R20 for SUV in 2022.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2022 SUV 275x45 R20 305x40 R20
2021 SUV 275x45 R20 305x40 R20
2020 SUV 275x45 R20 305x40 R20
2019 SUV 275x45 R20 20x9 inches 305x40 R20 20x10.5 inches
2018 SUV 255x55 R18 18x8.5 inches 255x55 R18 18x8.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All BMW X5 Wheel Sizes

BMW X5 Interior

The interior of the BMW X5 is one of its most interesting attributes - it feels bigger inside than some of its rivals, which you may be able to tell from the images. It isn't quite as high-tech or technical feeling as competitors like the Mercedes GLE or facelifted Audi Q7, but the dashboard still has twin digital screens, there is quality trim throughout, and the leather quality is exceptional... but leather isn't standard on all models.

Shown above are interior details for the BMW X5 2020.

BMW X Models Dimensions

The dimensions of the BMW X5 SUV vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2022 SUV 1745x2004x4922 mm 214 mm
2021 SUV 1745x2004x4922 mm 214 mm
2020 SUV 1745x2004x4922 mm 214 mm
2019 SUV 1745x2004x4922 mm 214 mm
2018 SUV 1762x1938x4886 mm 209 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All BMW X5 Dimensions

BMW X Models Towing Capacity

The BMW X5 has maximum towing capacity of 3500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2022 SUV 2700kg 3500kg
2021 SUV 2700kg 3500kg
2020 SUV 2700kg 3500kg
2019 SUV 1900kg 3500kg
2018 SUV 1900kg 2700kg
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BMW X5 Boot Space

The BMW X5 SUV has a boot space size of 640 Litres.
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Shown above are boot space details for the BMW X5 2020.

BMW X Models Fuel Consumption

The BMW X5 is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Hyb/PULP, Diesel and PULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 2.3L/100km for SUV /Hyb/PULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2022 SUV 2.3L/100km 3.0L Hyb/PULP 8 SP AUTO
2022 SUV 6.9L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2022 SUV 9.2L/100km 3.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2021 SUV 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2021 SUV 3.0L Hyb/PULP 8 SP AUTO
2021 SUV 9.2L/100km 3.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 2.3L/100km 3.0L Hyb/PULP 8 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 6.9L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2020 SUV 9.2L/100km 3.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2019 SUV 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2019 SUV 3.0L Hyb/PULP 8 SP AUTO
2019 SUV 9.2L/100km 3.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2018 SUV 3.4L/100km 2.0L Hyb/PULP 8 SP AUTO
2018 SUV 5.5L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2018 SUV 8.5L/100km 3.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All BMW X5 Pricing and Specs for 2022