2012 BMW X5

MSRP $47,500

Ranked #9 in Suv


Overall Rating

2012 BMW X5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 4, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Being one of the first products to be introduced for the North American market by BMW, the X5 has completely taken up the segment by storm, offering something for everyone, right from the uber comfortable X5 xDrive35i starting at $47,500, all the way up to the super sports SUV, the X5M, which is priced at a staggering $87,750. It offers a plethora of luxury features all across the trim levels, which albeit are on the pricier side. Although the design of the exterior is not exuberant and flies mostly under the radar as compared to its eye-catchy rivals, it does elude masculinity and chunkiness, which makes the 2012 BMW X5 a very handsome SUV.

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Athletic handling

Potent and efficient engines

Luxurious and comfortable interior

Huge list of features

Steadfast high-speed stability


Standard steering is stiff at low speeds

The ride may be firm for some

Hefty price

What's New?

LED Corona Rings

More Standardised Equipment


vehicle bio

base price



4dr SUV

passenger capacity


top speed

142 mph


all wheel drive

engine type


182 cu.in.


300 hp @ 5800 rpm


300 ft-lbs. @ 1300 rpm


8-speed shiftable automatic


suspension front

double wishbone front suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/active anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

13.7 x 1.2/12.6 x 0.8 in.



115.5 in.


191.1 in.


76.1 in.


69.9 in.

curb weight

4960 lbs.

ground clearance

8.3 in.


passenger volume

102.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

75.2 cu ft.

towing capacity

6000 lbs.

payload capacity

1290 lbs.


zero to 60 mph

7.1 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

NULL sec.

fuel economy


18 mpg/19 mpg/23 mpg mpg

highway range

517.5 mi.


basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ Unlimited

roadside assistance


Pictures & Videos


xDrive35i$47,500 onwards

35i$47,500 onwards

xDrive50i$64,200 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 BMW X5 in Black Sapphire Metallic color
Black Sapphire Metallic

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


Pricing and Feature




Engine and Performance


Fuel Economy












Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


Overall Rating

The BMW X5 rides and handles like a big sedan, which is perfect for people looking to take this luxurious vehicle to places where ground clearance is a necessity. It can comfortably seat five people at once, whilst fitting seven in the cabin will be a squeeze for adults. The E70 X5 is the second generation of the vehicle and is BMW's 3rd best-selling model after the first place BMW 3 Series (E90) and BMW 5 Series (F10), respectively. Among the heavyweights in the market, it competes with Land Rover Range Rover, Porsche Cayenne, and Audi Q7


Engine and Performance

Fuel Economy




2012 BMW X5 Features


The 2012 BMW X5 is available in six variants; xDrive35i, xDrive35i Premium, xDrive35i Sport Activity, xDrive35d, xDrive50i, and the range-topping high-performance X5M variant. Standard equipment on all the models includes 18-inch wheels, fog lights, automatic and adaptive xenon headlights, roof rails, a power tailgate with adjustable opening height, automatic wipers, parking sensors, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 10-way power front seats, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, BMW Assist telematics with Bluetooth and a 12-speaker sound system with HD radio, a CD player, an iPod/USB audio interface and an auxiliary audio jack. The diesel-powered xDrive35d is equipped similarly but adds a panoramic sunroof, auto-dimming mirrors, heated front seats, and the availability of additional options.



xDrive35i Premium

xDrive35i Sport Activity







Key Features

18-inch wheels

19-inch wheels

20-inch wheels

Powerful V8 engine


Automatic and adaptive xenon headlights

Privacy glass

Sport seats

Navigation system 


Parking sensors

Power-adjustable steering wheel

Sports steering wheel

16-speaker premium stereo.


Cruise control

Leather upholstery 

Darker exterior trim

M Sport package


Dual-zone automatic climate control


Upgraded suspension

Adaptive suspension


Leatherette premium vinyl upholstery





10-way power front seats




We Recommend

Since there are a plethora of options to choose from on the 2012 BMW X5, we recommend you getting the xDrive35i and ticking the options you want, as it is adequately fast for all use cases, whilst getting the job done at a price that won’t hurt the bank. 

2012 BMW X5 Engine and Performance


The xDrive35i is powered by a 3.0L turbocharged inline-6 that produces 300 hp and 300 pound-feet of torque, while the xDrive50i is equipped with a twin-turbo 4.4L V8 producing 400 hp and a robust 450 lb-ft of torque. The xDrive35d comes with a 3.0L inline-6 turbo diesel that produces 265 hp and 425 lb-ft of torque. The petrol engines are mated to an 8-Speed Automatic transmission, while the diesel engine is paired to a 6-Speed Automatic transmission. All 2012 BMW X5 models are all-wheel drive, and offer fantastic grip and handling prowess to this luxury SUV.

While the 3.0L Turbocharged Inline-6 gasoline engine is plenty fast for the city, as well as the highway, the twin-turbo 4.4L V8 found in the xDrive50i trim is pure mental. Bury your right foot, and watch the world turn into a blur. The way it reaches illegal speeds is just abysmal, not to mention the fact that the thrust doesn’t die off, and keeps you pushed back in your seat. The diesel on the other hand was built to be extremely frugal, but it is adequately fast when you need it to be, with its ample reserves of torque.


2012 BMW X5

2012 Porsche Cayenne 

2012 Land Rover Range Rover

2012 Audi Q7







3.0L Turbocharged Inline-6

4.8L Naturally Aspirated V8

5.0L Naturally Aspirated V8

3.0L Supercharged V6







8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Automatic


300 hp @ 5800-6250 RPM

400 hp @ 6500 RPM

375 hp @ 6500 RPM

280 hp @ 4920 RPM


300 lb.-ft. @ 1300-5000 RPM

396 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM

375 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM

295 ft-lbs. @ 2250 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.4 seconds

6.1 seconds

5.9 seconds

7.6 seconds

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

15.1 seconds

14.5 seconds

14.9 seconds

15.7 seconds

Top Speed (MPH)

155 MPH

160 MPH

145 MPH

136 MPH

The sportiest of the bunch is the 2012 Porsche Cayenne, with its 4.8L Naturally Aspirated V8 motor producing a lovely soundtrack under load, whilst having the highest top speed of the bunch at 160 MPH. Since the Land Rover Range Rover has the largest engine of them all, even with its high curb weight, it manages to get to 60 MPH in just 5.9 seconds. The Audi Q7, even with its supercharged motor, is the slowest of the bunch due to the conservative tune that it runs.

2012 BMW X5 Fuel Economy


The 2012 BMW X5’s base xDrive35i trim delivers good fuel economy for the heft it has to pull along. The thirstier 4.4L Twin-Turbocharged V8 motor on the xDrive50i returns a lower fuel economy of 14/20 MPG in the city and the highway, respectively. The xDrive 35d with its 3.0L turbo diesel engine returns 19 MPG in the city, and 26 MPG on the highway, giving it a cruising range of 585 miles before running dry.


2012 BMW X5

2012 Porsche Cayenne 

2012 Land Rover Range Rover

2012 Audi Q7

MPG (City) (MPG)





MPG (Highway) (MPG)





MPG (Combined) (MPG)





Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

22.5 gallons

22.4 gallons

27.6 gallons

26.4 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined)





The aforementioned conservative tune on the Audi Q7, along with its 26.4-gallon fuel tank gives it the ability to have a city driving range of 422.2 miles, and a highway cruising range of 580.8, which is further than how far the diesel variant of the BMW X5 can go. The Porsche Cayenne, combined with the smallest tank in the segment, as well as substandard fuel economy, ensures the lowest cruising range of all. The Land Rover Range Rover has a huge 27.8-gallon tank that makes up for the lowest fuel economy out of all the SUVs.

2012 BMW X5 Interior


The 2012 BMW X5’s cabin feels very solid and well built. Not only are the materials used in the entire cabin really apt for a vehicle this expensive, but they also scream quality whenever laid a hand upon. The leather used is supple, yet hard-wearing and the plastics even on the lower down areas are not hard. BMW offers various options of colors for the interior to be done up in as per your taste. We are in love with the Cognac shade, as it complements the vehicle perfectly.

The cargo space at 23.2 cu.-ft, is one of the highest in the segment, and can easily take in a lot of luggage. The seats are wide and well-cushioned and offer ample support to both the first row, as well as the second-row passengers. The legroom and headroom on offer are ample and can accommodate six-footers with ease. The cabin reeks of robustness, and not a single squeak or rattle can be found.


2012 BMW X5

2012 Porsche Cayenne 

2012 Land Rover Range Rover

2012 Audi Q7

Seating Capacity





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





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





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





Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

23.2 cu.-ft.

23.7 cu.-ft.

35.1 cu.-ft.

10.9 cu.-ft.

We do not have the dimensions for how big the Porsche Cayenne is on the inside, but we can say that it is as big and comfortable as the BMW X5, albeit with tighter seats. Apart from the Audi Q7, none of the vehicles get seven seats as standard, which does set its standard cargo space dimensions at a measly 10.9 cu.-ft. This can be further increased to a staggering 42 cu.-ft. The bulky Land Rover Range Rover gets massive seats, as well as a massive boot, and just about fits everything, and everyone you throw at it. Major interior features include-

  • Cruise Control
  • Four-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping Steering Wheel
  • 14-Way "MultiContour" Ventilated Front Seats
  • Heated Front and Rear Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Upholstery

How intuitive is the 2012 BMW X5’s infotainment unit?

The infotainment system on the 2012 BMW X5 is the industry's favorite iDrive system. It is both highly practical and modern. The infotainment system is a boon to use with its intuitive media abilities and the user-friendly jog dial on the center console. It's loaded to the brim with FM Radio, Bluetooth connectivity, a CD Player, USB iPod Interface, an Auxiliary Input Jack, as well as a built-in navigation system. The large centrally housed screen also supports real-time traffic updates, whilst giving out important vehicular data on the side. The SUV comes with a 12-speaker Sound System, which can be upgraded to a much better-sounding 16-speaker option. Some of the features of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • HD Radio
  • CD Player
  • USB Port
  • Satellite Radio
  • iPod Audio Interface
  • Auxiliary Audio Jack
  • 16-speaker Premium Audio System

2012 BMW X5 Exterior


The 2012 BMW X5 looks just the way a person looking at it depicts it to be. It can vary from being too bland to being outright handsome and aggressive. Since the design is on the conservative side, the SUV does not scream and differentiates itself from a sea of other sports utility vehicles. The lines are crisp, and the creases are just about right to make the X5 look chunky, yet understated. 

The bold kidney grilles up front never let you forget that it's a BMW you’re looking at, while its handsome proportions ensure that the Chris Bangle design keeps everything looking sharp from all angles. The Corona Rings for the 2012 model year have been moved to LED as standard, which gives the SUV a really modern touch. There are many wheel options to choose from, right from 18” to 20”, and with its 9” of ground clearance, it really can venture wherever you take it to.


2012 BMW X5

2012 Porsche Cayenne 

2012 Land Rover Range Rover

2012 Audi Q7

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,960 lbs

4,553 lbs

5,540 lbs

5412 lb.

Length (in.)

191 in.

190.8 in.

195.8 in.

200.3 in.

Width (in.)

79 in.

76.3 in.

80.1 in.

78.1 in.

Height (in.)

70 in.

67 in.

73.4 in.

68.4 in.

Ground Clearance (in.)

9 in.

8.5 in.

9.1 in.

8.1 in.

Wheelbase (in.)

115.5 in.

114 in.

113.3 in.

118.2 in.

In comparison, the Audi Q7 is the longest car at a whopping 200.3 inches, while the Land Rover Range Rover gets the award for being the heaviest, weighing in at 5,540 lbs. The BMW X5 just about has a perfect footprint, and looks extremely proportionate, with its short overhangs. Few major exterior features include-

  • LED Corona Rings
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Privacy Glass
  • Parking Sensors
  • Adaptive Suspension Setup
  • Automatic and Adaptive Xenon Headlights

2012 BMW X5 Safety


The 2012 BMW X5 hasn’t yet been tested by the NHTSA, but the IIHS awarded it top marks of "good" in frontal offset, rear, and side-impact tests. It has a host of standard safety features like anti-lock brakes, stability control, brake drying, and standby features, a rollover sensor, BMW Assist emergency telematics, active front head restraints, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags for the first and second rows. Its large ORVMs and reversing camera also aid on the visibility front. Other salient safety features include:

  • Anti Lock braking system 
  • Stability control
  • Adaptive Brake Lights
  • Brake Drying and Standby Features
  • Rollover Sensor
  • Trailer Stabilization
  • BMW Assist Emergency Telematics
  • Active Front Head Restraints
  • Front and Side Curtain Airbags 

2012 BMW X5 Final Verdict

The 2012 BMW X5 is a no-nonsense way of getting places in style, whilst flying under the radar. Its comfortable and luxurious cabin is a delightful place to be in, and its engine options really are interesting enough for the average Joe, as well as the enthusiast looking for a stonker of a motor strapped into this German SUV. 

Although being a little on the pricier side, the BMW X5 is as close as it gets to being the most perfect SUV you can have that does it all. We would definitely recommend it to be on the top of your list if you’re out in the market looking for something that can haul your family, as well as get you places in style. 

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