2021 BMW X5

MSRP $58,900 - $76,150

Ranked #3 in Suv

8.9

Overall Rating

2021 BMW X5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The BMW X5 sits in the mid-size luxury SUV category and is a complete premium offering from the German automaker. It manages to combine a pleasurable driving experience, a luxurious cabin, and all of the latest technological amenities into a fantastic package. The 2021 X5 comes with three powertrain options including the hybrid version and a monstrous twin-turbo V-8. 

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Pros

Multiple-Engine Options

Great Material quality in the interior

Excellent Infotainment System

Cons

Few trim options available

Expensive base trim

What's New?

For 2021, BMW decided to drop the xDrive50i model

new Plug-in Hybrid model xDrive45e for 2021

Android Auto is now standard across all the trims

Minor feature revamp


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$58900

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

335 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

331 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

122.5 in.

length

212 in.

width

78.9 in.

height

73.6 in.

curb weight

4758 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

12.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

72.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

7200 lbs.

payload capacity

827 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.3 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.7 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

40i$58,900 onwards

50i$76,150 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 BMW X5 in Alpine White color
Alpine White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.8

Engine and Performance

8.5

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

8.1

Exterior

9.4

Safety

9.0

Competition

9.6

8.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.9

Overall Rating


The exterior of the 2021 BMW X5 is appealing, the interior appears to be comfy, and the long list of safety features give you peace of mind. The car faces fierce competition mostly from its German rivals, the Audi Q7 and the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class but BMW offers a strong package in X5 to outperform the competition.

2021 BMW X5 SUV front view
2021 BMW X5 SUV rear view

8.5/10
Engine and Performance

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

8.1/10
Interior

9.4/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

9.6/10
Competition


2021 BMW X5 Features

There are four trim versions available, including a plug-in hybrid and the sporty M50i which will be reviewed separately. The base trim sDrive40i comes with RWD and has all standard equipment and options; although, upgrading to the xDrive40i trim you get an AWD drivetrain as standard. For those who prefer to burn rubber, the M50i comes with a huge twin-turbo V-8 engine that produces 617 horsepower.

Trim

sDrive40i

xDrive40i 

MSRP (FWD)

$59,400

NA

MSRP (AWD)

NA

$61,700

Key Features

Synthetic leather upholstery

In addition to or replaces sDrive40i trim features with:

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel

All-Wheel Drive

 

Dynamic Damper Control

Servo-Tronic Power Steering Assist

 

Heated front seats

16-way Power Adjustable Seats

 

Power Tailgate

Adaptive LED headlights

 

Black Leather Upholstery

10-speaker audio system

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto 

19-inch wheels

Which Trim should you buy?

The xDrive40i is the best option of the lineup, it offers you AWD over the base version. Furthermore, the xDrive40i comes equipped with adaptive air suspension, which gives a comfortable ride, as well as all of the features available as an add-on on the base trim. In addition, if you wish to improve your experience on the inside, you can choose a premium package that includes Harman/Kardon Stereo System, Wi-Fi hotspot, and Heads-up Display.

2021 BMW X5 Engine and Performance

8.5/10

The 2021 BMW X5 comes equipped with a 3.0-liter Turbo Inline-6 engine as standard that produces 335 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque. A 6-cylinder engine is quite uncommon in the category as its rivals start with inline-4 engines in the base trims. The sDrive40i comes with an RWD drivetrain, while the xDrive40i has AWD as standard. The engine is coupled with an incredible 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission. 

2021 BMW X5 SUV driving view

You get sport and manual modes along with paddle shifters which are quite smooth and can shift without a hiccup. The vehicle manages to do 0-60MPH in 5.2 seconds and a quarter-mile in 13.2 seconds; upgrade to the M50i you get a 4.4L twin-turbo V-8 which does 0-60 in 4.1 seconds. And if you still aren’t satisfied with this, the X5M competition will give you bonkers specs with more than 610 horsepower and 0-60MPH in mere 3.1 seconds. This year’s new addition, the xDrive45e adds an electric motor in conjunction with the inline-6 engine and provides you with a 31-miles pure electric range.

Models

2021 BMW X5

2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450

2021 Audi Q7 55 TFSI

2021 Volvo XC90 T6

MSRP

$59,400

$62,500

$60,800

$56,950

Engine

3.0L Intercooled Turbo I-6

3.0L Turbo I-6 with EQ Boost

3.0L Turbo V6

2.0L Twin Charged I-4

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Sport Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Geartronic Automatic

Power

335 hp @ 5500 RPM

362hp @ 5500 RPM

335hp @ 5700 RPM

316hp @ 5700 RPM

Torque

330 lb-ft @ 1500 RPM

369lb-ft @ 1600 RPM

369lb-ft @ 2800 RPM

295lb-ft @ 2200 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.3

5.3

5.7

6.1

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

13.7

13.9

NA

15.3

Top-Speed (MPH)

155

155

155

155

BMW thrashes its competition in terms of raw performance; no other rivals in their base avatar even come close in terms of acceleration. BMW’s excellent performance can be seen in both 0-60 times and quarter-mile timings where it is way ahead of its competitors. When equipped sufficiently, Merc GLE 450 is the most powerful on paper thanks to the EQ boost tech on board. Q7 in its 55 TFSI config follows the Merc closely covering the 0-60MPH in 5.7 seconds. 

How well does the 2021 BMW X5 handle?

The 2021 X5 performs overall in a well-balanced manner. The X5's standard adaptive suspension including independent suspension and adjustable dampers allows it to confidently tackle curves and travel over difficult terrain. An optional air suspension is also available and it softens the typically stiff and well-controlled ride. There's also Servotronic Power Steering Assist, which gives an extra turn angle if needed, and this comes in handy when driving in cities or down a winding road. 

2021 BMW X5 SUV ride and handling

Furthermore, opting for the xDrive40i trim makes more sense as with an option for the air suspension which eventually helps the car become more enjoyable and softer for the passengers. Because of the active role bars, there's little body roll and plenty of cornering poise. There are plenty of driving modes and various settings; however, it gets confusing as you dig deeper. The steering has been improved however isn’t the best you can get.

2021 BMW X5 Braking performance

A braking distance of 156 feet is commendable for a car that weighs roughly 4828 pounds. It isn't the greatest you can have, but you can choose for the M sports package in the 2021 X5, which offers ventilated brake discs that help with braking. The automatic emergency braking and ABS also come as standards to further enhance the braking performance.

Models

2021 BMW X5

2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450

2021 Audi Q7 55 TFSI

2021 Volvo XC90 T6

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

NA

14.8

14.8

13.2

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

NA

13.6

13.8

12.1

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,828

5,013

4,971

4,555

70-0MPH (feet)

156

169

178

188

Even with the small rotors, the Volvo comes to stop at a decent distance covering only 188 feet but not up to the mark. The BMW on the other hand is almost 500 pounds heavier than the Volvo and the heaviest of the lot covers 156 feet which is the best in its segment. The Mercedes Benz GLE 450 takes a sweet spot in the table with a stopping distance of 169 feet.

2021 BMW X5 Fuel Economy

7.1/10

The 2021 X5 is the most fuel-efficient vehicle in its class. With a combined MPG of 23 and a huge 21.9-gallon tank, your 500-mile journey will be smooth sailing. In the city though, it offers a commendable average of 21MPG and can easily provide a range of 460 miles. The X5 hybrid, on the other hand, with a 24.0KWh battery gets a combined average of 50 MPG which is a great alternative for daily commuters.

Model

2021 BMW X5

2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450

2021 Audi Q7 55 TFSI

2021 Volvo XC90 T6

MPG (City)

21

21

18

19

MPG (Highway)

26

26

23

28

MPG (Combined)

23

23

20

22

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

21.9

22.5

22.5

18.8

Range (City/Highway/Combined) (miles)

459.9/569.4/503.7

472/585/517

420/517/450

357/527/414

The 2021 X5 offers a mediocre fuel capacity which affects its driving range. Mercedes GLE 450 offers the best driving range at 585 miles while others offer close to 500 miles of driving range. The Volvo XC90 does offer decent fuel economy. However; it falls short in driving range due to its smaller tank.

2021 BMW X5 Interior

8.1/10

The 2021 X5 is very lavish on the inside and doesn’t fail to impress us. There's a lot of wood on the inside laced with high-end materials utilized throughout the cabin. There are plenty of charging points and a sea of luxury features to choose from as options. The seats come in Black-Leather for Base trims and BMW offers a bundle of options for its wider color-pallet and tailoring skills. They offer foodie-themed Upholstery in colors like coffee, cognac, truffle, and orange. All trims come with a power-adjustable steering column, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and customizable ambient lighting as standard. 

2021 BMW X5 SUV cockpit area

The passenger space inside is decent as well; you have enough space for 5 adults in the front and the rear. The front seats are power-adjustable and the driver seat has memory settings. Additional options include massaging seats, a leather dashboard, heated steering wheel, panoramic moonroof, quad-zone automatic climate control, and rear sunshades. The 2021 X5 comes with 5 seats as standard but you can add an optional third row. But then it does eat into your 33.9 cu-ft cargo space.

Model

2021 BMW X5

2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450

2021 Audi Q7 55 TFSI

2021 Volvo XC90 T6

Seating Capacity

5

7

7

7

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.8/60/39.8

40.5/59.3/40.3

39.9/59.5/41.7

38.9/57.7/40.9

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.7/58.1/37.4

39.6/58.3/40.9

38.8/58.5/38.8

38.5/56.5/37.0

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

NA

NA

35.9/49.4/29.2

36.3/46.9/31.9

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft.)

33.9

33.3

14.2

12.6

The X5 offers plenty of cargo space behind the second row. It has a good amount of room for passengers in both front row and rear row although other rivals like Volvo offer better. You can add a third row to the xDrive40i variant, but it barely does its job for kids, so we recommend keeping that room for cargo. Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90 come in standard 7 seater configuration which means your standard cargo capacity is on the lesser side. Standout interior features:

  • Synthetic Black Leather upholstery
  • Customizable Ambient Lighting
  • Automatic Climate Control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • 16-way power-adjustable front sport seats
  • Memory settings for the driver's seat
  • Panoramic Moonroof

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2021 X5 comes with two 12.3 inch touch screen displays as standard. It is very responsive, quick, and easy to operate. One is a digital gauge cluster that does look a bit clumsy and the other is the central dashboard-based infotainment system. The infotainment system runs on BMW’s iDrive software and comes with gesture navigation, standard touchscreen navigation, and a traditional rotary metal knob alongside some switches which are finished in glass. However, we’d prefer using the touch screen as it feels more intuitive. 

2021 BMW X5 SUV infotainment screen

The screens, like your smartphone, can be customized with a variety of widgets, making them feel more personalized. Wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 10 speaker stereo system, a touchpad controller, voice recognition, Bluetooth, 5 USB ports, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, HD radio are the standard features available on all trims. Additional features and options include a Wi-Fi hotspot, a 16-speaker Harman/Kardon premium stereo system, and wireless charging. Standout Infotainment Features:

  • Android Auto and Apple Carplay
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • 10-Speaker stereo system
  • Two displays for rear passengers
  • USB Ports and Bluetooth

2021 BMW X5 Exterior

9.4/10

The 2021 X5 follows BMW’s age-old design language of a massive grille and wide air intakes along with a conservative styling that doesn’t go out of date. There are no new massive changes and that’s fine although the design might look bland compared to the rivals. The car boasts its presence due to its aggressive front which includes its conventional headlights but still manages to be sleek with an extremely neat and refined side profile. The black wheel arches on certain of the grades serve to remind everyone of the vehicle's sportier appearance.

2021 BMW X5 SUV 

Model

2021 BMW X5

2021 Mercedes Benz GLE 450

2021 Audi Q7 55 TFSI

2021 Volvo XC90 T6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,828

5,013

4,971

4,555

Length (inches)

194.3

194.3

199.3

194.9

Width (inches)

78.9

76.7

77.6

79.1

Height (inches)

68.7

70.7

68.5

69.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

7.1

N/A

9.4

Wheelbase (inches)

117.1

117.9

117.9

117.5

In terms of dimensions, the BMW X5 is smaller than the Audi and Volvo, which both come with a third row as standard. The Q7 is the heaviest while being the smallest of the bunch. Because the differences in overall body dimensions are so small compared to its rivals, the X5's road presence is enough to remind you of being in a luxury SUV. Standout exterior features:

  • Adaptive LED Headlamps
  • Hands-free Power Tailgate
  • LED Fog lights
  • 19-Inch alloy wheels

2021 BMW X5 Safety

9.0/10

The NHTSA gave the 2021 X5 a four-star rating for overall safety and the IIHS gave it the highest rating of “Good” in all six crash tests. The Icon Adaptive Headlights were awarded “good” but the standard headlamps were rated poor. 

BMW offers all the Basic Driver assistance features such as automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams, lane-keeping assist, and lane departure warning. Some Advanced safety features as options include a heads-up display, hands-free Parallel Park, and Surround-view parking camera. Some of the standout Safety Features:

  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic high beams
  • Automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert

2021 BMW X5 Competition

9.6/10

2021 BMW X5 vs. 2021 Mercedes Benz GLE Class

The GLE is a mid-size luxury SUV that does its job well, offering a well-balanced ride and a variety of powertrain options. The Mercedes-Benz GLE offers several advantages over the X5, including a lower starting price and a better cabin. However, the X5 does feature a hybrid model, and with BMW’s refined engine and transmission, the X5 is a better performance-oriented vehicle, while the Mercedes is comfort-oriented.

2021 Mercedes Benz GLE Class

 2021 BMW X5 vs. 2021 Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 comes with AWD as standard along with a third row and is cheaper than the BMW. It has a great cabin with wide usage of quality materials. The performance of the vehicle is good and the car is comfortable and can take sharp corners and bumpy roads with ease. If you are looking for a 7-seater SUV then the Q7 does the job.

2021 Audi Q7

2021 BMW X5 vs. 2021 Volvo XC90

The Volvo XC90 is another vehicle with a third row as standard and is still cheaper than the BMW. Like others, the Volvo comes with a good number of safety features and options, a nice modern interior with improved tech features. The exterior of the car can be a subject of debate as it feels outdated compared to the rivals or the X5. When the choice boils down to be based on performance; the BMW is a clear winner in this case.

2021 Volvo XC90

 

2021 BMW X5 Final Verdict

Even though the 2021 X5 is priced slightly higher than its competitors, the BMW justifies its price. The interior is on par with that of the Audi and the Volvo, the exterior looks refreshing and aggressive and thanks to the new massive kidney grilles, more muscular, and lastly the X5 is the most fun to drive due to its comparatively massive engine and smooth transmission. The 2021 BMW X5 is a very good option for someone in the market for a mid-size luxury SUV and the xDrive40i trim manages to pack the entire bundle in a well-priced package.

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