2014 BMW X5

MSRP $52,800 - $68,200

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7.7

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2014 BMW X5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 27, 2021

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After a successful 14-year legacy with multiple generations updates, BMW has launched the latest X5 with minor visual changes and has become more sophisticated than ever before in the interior. As a mid-size luxury SUV, the 2014 X5 offers excellent handling dynamics, extensive use of leather and wood, and is loaded with convenience features. BMW has been a very reliable German brand, and for the X5, it is the same and comes equipped with a bag full of safety features as standard. 

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Pros

Loaded with features

Adequate luxury bits

Peppy engine with good refinement

Class-leading handling capabilities

Cons

Expensive than the competitors and also has a higher maintenance cost

Cargo capacity is on the lower side for a 5-seater

The third row found on the higher trims is not suitable for adults

What's New?

Gets an available rear-drive layout

Increased interior volume

Revised styling

More safety tech

Seating for up to seven passengers


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$52800

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

144 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

182 cu.in.

horsepower

300 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

300 lb.-ft. @ 1200 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

double wishbone front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

115.5 in.

length

191.1 in.

width

76.1 in.

height

68.5 in.

curb weight

4680 lbs.

ground clearance

8.2 in.

capacity

passenger volume

102.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

76.7 cu ft.

towing capacity

5952 lbs.

payload capacity

1110 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

19/23/27 mpg

highway range

604.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

9 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

50i$68,200 onwards

xDrive35i$55,100 onwards

35i$52,800 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 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 Feature

8.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

6.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


The X5 gets three engine options, including a ludicrous 4.4L twin-turbo V8 mill. This beast is also a very capable off-roader in its class, and with the right packages, it can do well. The 2014 BMW X5 competes with the likes of other mid-size luxury SUVs in the US market such as the 2014 Audi Q7, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class, and the 2014 Volvo XC90. 


9.0/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2014 BMW X5 Features

9.0/10

Entering its third-gen model year, the 2014 BMW X5 is offered in four trims- sDrive35i, xDrive35i, xDrive35d, and xDrive50i. The 35i gets an RWD as standard, and that can be upgraded to an AWD system for just an extra $2,300. The xDrive35d is the diesel version of the same base trim and will be reviewed separately. The xDrive50i is the top-of-the-line offering and comes with AWD as standard. Moreover, it is complemented by a big 4.4L twin-turbo V8 engine. Apart from these, it has added opulence like the use of good quality leather, wood trim around the cabin, heating options till the third row, and a lot more. 

Trim

sDrive35i

xDrive35i

xDrive50i

MSRP

$52,800

$55,100

$68,200

Key Features

18-inch wheels

Adds to the sDrive35i

Adds to the xDrive35i

 

Panoramic sunroof

BMW Assist

19-inch wheels

 

Adaptive xenon headlights

Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity

16-way power front seats

 

Power liftgate

10.2-inch central display screen

Top-down camera system

 

Automatic dual-zone climate control

Navigation system

Rearview camera

 

10-way power front seats (with four-way power lumbar)

Nine-speaker sound system 

 

 

Leatherette upholstery

 

 

The BMW X5’s range kicks off with a well-endowed package, which can be further customized with the likes of the Premium package that adds features like soft-close automatic doors, satellite radio, leather upholstery, and keyless ignition/entry to the base trims. The Luxury Seating package throws in 16-way power-adjustable seats from the 50i, while the Cold Weather package adds heated seats and a heated steering wheel. 

We Recommend

As you can see, the 2014 X5 is not a pocket-friendly option, given it is a luxury SUV. Sticking with the base xDrive35i would be just fine. It has loaded features that are already on their way to impress you if you are willing to buy one. Or else, if you don’t have problems with spending around 70 grand, then the xDrive50i would be a great choice.

2014 BMW X5 Engine and Performance

6.0/10

BMW has equipped the 2014 X5 with two engine options. The base engine is a 3.0L turbocharged Inline-6 engine putting out an impressive 300 horsepower and a maximum torque of 300 lb-ft. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and an RWD system as standard. The top variant gets equipped with a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 engine that belts out 445 horsepower and a maximum torque of 480 lb-ft. 

Both the engines are very refined and have enough grunt for very quick accelerations. The X5 sDrive35i takes 6.2 seconds to reach 60 MPH from a standstill, which is crazy fast for an SUV. It even completes a standing quarter-mile under 14.5 seconds, which is very impressive. One area where BMW takes a setback is its expensive nature in front of the rivals in the segment.

Models

2014 BMW X5

2014 Audi Q7

2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

2014 Volvo XC90

MSRP

$52,800

$47,700

$47,790

$39,700

Engine 

Turbocharged 3.0L inline-6

Supercharged 3.0L V6

3.5L V6

3.2L Inline-6 

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

RWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power 

300 hp @ 5,800 RPM

280 hp @ 4,920 RPM

302 hp @ 6,500 RPM

240 hp @ 6,400 RPM

Torque

300lb-ft @ 1,200 RPM

295lb-ft @ 2,250 RPM

273lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM

236lb-ft @ 3,200 RPM

0-60 MPH (sec)

6.2

7.7

7.3

9.0

Quarter mile (sec)

14.5

14.0

15.7

16.9

Top Speed (MPH)

130

130

125

120

The BMW X5 aces the competition with its staggering lower-end grunt and raw engine power even with the base engine. The next-in-line would be the Merc and the Audi. They both are very close to each other in terms of engine power and acceleration. The Volvo XC90 has got itself in the last place with its underpowered engine, and that ruins the overall driving experience. 

2014 BMW X5 Fuel Economy

9.0/10

Big SUVs generally get equipped with powerful engine configurations, and that means the fuel economy would be lower than a city hatch or a budget compact sedan. The base 3.0L Inline-6 in the BMW X5 is capable of returning a decent 19 MPG in the city, 27 MPG on the highways, and 22 MPG combined. These figures are best in the segment, and with a smaller 22.4-gallon fuel tank, the driving range takes a hit as rivals come equipped with bigger fuel tanks.

Models

2014 BMW X5

2014 Audi Q7

2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

2014 Volvo XC90

MPG (City)

19

16

18

16

MPG (Highway)

27

22

24

25

MPG (Combined)

22

18

20

19

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

22.4

26.4

24.6

21.1

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

425.6/604.8

422.4/580.8

442.8/590.4

337.6/527.5

The Bimmer outperforms the competition with a big margin in terms of highway MPG, while Audi’s supercharged V6 engine is the least efficient in the competition. However, it comes equipped with a large fuel tank at 26.4 gallons, which puts its driving range close to X5. The XC90 has poor MPG figures, and the smallest fuel tank at 21.1 gallons sets back its driving range by almost 100 miles when compared to its rivals.

2014 BMW X5 Interior

6.0/10

With the 2014 model year, the BMW X5 got significant interior styling upgrades and new features. As you step inside, you will be greeted by a generously spacious cabin. The luxury it offers is unmatched in the segment with all-leather and wood treatments. The interior design is striking yet minimal with additional storage at the sides. The instrument cluster on offer has been refined for the driver’s convenience. The seats on offer are faux leather as standard which feels cheap, while the higher trim gets genuine leather ones. 

The front bucket seats are quite comfortable and come with multi-level heating and power adjustability. The rear row feels a bit cramped with less legroom, while the front has an ample amount of head and legroom. While that is the case with the 5-seater variant, the optional 7-seater is nowhere near the word “comfortable” in the rear rows. The cargo capacity on offer is decent at 35.8 cubic feet and can easily fit your weekend getaway luggage without any problem.

Models

2014 BMW X5

2014 Audi Q7

2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

2014 Volvo XC90

Seating Capacity

5

7

5

7

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

40.5/60.5/40.4

39.5/58.7/41.3

38.9/58.5/40.3

39.7/58.3/41.0

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

38.8/58.3/36.6

39.0/58.1/37.1

38.5/58.4/38.4

38.4/57.4/34.6

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

N/A

35.6/48.6/29.2

N/A

35.5/54.1/30.1

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

35.8

10.9

38.2

8.8

The M-Class offers a more-or-less similar room like the BMW, and they are the only standard 5-seaters in the competition. The Audi Q7 has a more compact interior than the Volvo but can be used as a 7-seater without any issue. The Bimmer does stand out in the competition with its first-row space but falls back in the rear-row legroom, but the quality of craftsmanship inside is as good as the rivals. That said, some of the standout interior features are:

  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats with power lumbar support
  • Faux leather seats
  • Wooden trims
  • Heated seats
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Active interior charcoal air filter

How intuitive is the 2014 BMW X5’s infotainment unit?

Greeted by a 10.2-inch touchscreen display, the infotainment unit on the 2014 BMW seems to be crisp and feature-packed. Coupled with BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, the interaction is as seamless as it can be. The display has no lag while using it and is well-calibrated to read soft touches. Apart from USB connectivity and satellite radio, the X5 gets a navigation system as standard. It also comes with voice-activated controls to reduce distractions while driving. Apart from that, you also get BMW Assist, a nine-speaker sound system with a CD player, a USB interface, and an HD radio. Some of the standout infotainment features are:

  • 10.2-inch touchscreen display
  • 205 Watt, 9-speaker audio system
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Navigation system
  • HD radio
  • Voice-activated controls

2014 BMW X5 Exterior

8.0/10

With a revamped styling, the 2014 BMW X5 looks more modern and sleek in our opinion. The new design language gets a new sharper front end with sharp HID headlights, LED DRLs, and the obligatory “kidney” grille. The changes were needed to stand firm in the competition, and it does quite well now. The rear fascia has LED taillights and is quite similar to the outgoing model. Also, the SUV sits on a set of 18-inch alloy wheels as standard. 

In terms of the overall dimensions, the X5 is slightly big for a 5-seater, but it is compact for a 7-seater too. It has a hefty curb weight, a good height, adequate width, and a massive ground clearance of 8.2 inches, which ensures that the SUV can be taken offroad without any issues whatsoever. In every dimension, BMW stands between the rivals, offering majorly standard dimensions as per the segment.

Models

2014 BMW X5

2014 Audi Q7

2014 Mercedes-Benz M-Class

2014 Volvo XC90

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,680

5,192

4,652

4,665

Length (in.)

191.1

200.3

189.1

189.3

Width (in.)

76.1

78.1

75.8

76.2

Height (in.)

68.5

68.4

70.7

70.2

Ground Clearance (in.)

NA

8.1

5.2

8.6

Wheelbase (in.)

115.5

118.2

114.8

112.6

The Q7 is bigger and has a better road presence than the other three competitors. It is also the heaviest and is followed by the X5, but the latter has a slightly better ground clearance. The M-Class and the XC90 are similarly sized, but the former has a much lower ground clearance than the latter. Some of the standout highlights of the exterior are:

  • Heated and powered mirrors
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • HID headlamps and 
  • LED taillights 
  • LED DRLs
  • Power liftgate
  • Panoramic sunroof

2014 BMW X5 Safety

8.0/10

BMW claims that the X5 is a pretty safe car to be inside. It comes with loads of safety features, a good build quality, and reliability you cannot deny. The crash ratings are not available because of the SUV’s high manufacturing cost. The NHTSA has not performed any crash tests to confirm what the company claims, but the IIHS has rated “Good” in the categories tested. Some of the standout safety features in the X5’s arsenal include:

  • Tire pressure monitor
  • Stability and traction control
  • Post-collision safety system
  • Automatic brake drying
  • Passenger head restraint whiplash protection system
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Top-down camera system
  • Lane departure warning
  • Forward collision warning
  • Collision mitigation system

2014 BMW X5 Final Verdict

With its slightly hefty price tag, there are no complaints to be made except for the rear-seat legroom. With the 2014 BMW X5's slightly updated exterior and interior, the experience has been fantastic. And from a mechanical point of view, the engine makes decent power and also delivers a slightly better fuel economy than its closest rivals. To sum it up, if you want an all-around mid-size SUV, then the 2014 BMW X5 won’t disappoint you. 

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