2016 BMW X5

MSRP $54,700

Ranked #7 in Suv

8.3

Overall Rating

2016 BMW X5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 19, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The BMW X5 is the German auto giant’s first-ever attempt at making a luxury SUV and the brand nailed it with its brilliant engineering and design. The SUV featured an AWD system and a base 3.0-liter straight-6 motor which is retained even to this day. Along with a comfortable cabin, the SUV came with a strong set of safety aids and a sturdy build quality as one would expect from a German vehicle.

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Pros

Sporty handling for an SUV

Power-packed powertrain options

Plush, spacious, and feature-rich cabin

Excellent high-speed stability

Cons

Higher ownership costs than most of its rivals

Impractical third-row seats

What's New?

All-new xDrive40e plug-in hybrid model added to the lineup


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$54700

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

300 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

300 lb.-ft. @ 1300 rpm

transmission

8 speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

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

dimensions

wheelbase

115.5 in.

length

192.4 in.

width

76.3 in.

height

69.4 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

9 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/25 mpg

highway range

349.8 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

35i$54,700 onwards

sDrive35i$54,700 onwards

xDrive35i$57,000 onwards

xDrive50i$71,500 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 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

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

8.5

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.1

Exterior

8.0

Safety

8.7

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.3

Overall Rating


The 2016 BMW X5 comes with no changes barring the introduction of a plug-in hybrid model. The SUV gets the base I-6 engine that is a brilliant performer and also has an enhanced ride quality. In the segment, the X5 competes against the Mercedes-Benz GLE Class, Lexus GX 460, and the Volkswagen Touareg.


9.0/10
Features

8.5/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.1/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

8.7/10
Safety


2016 BMW X5 Features

9.0/10

The 2016 X5 is offered in four trim levels- sDrive35i, xDrive35i, xDrive35d, and xDrive50i. Only the base trim is offered with a standard rear-wheel-drive layout while it also gets the AWD layout as well. All the other trims come with AWD as standard. Right from the base trim, the X5 offers a long list of interior features and justifies its premium price tag. The xDrive50i gets some more features but the twin-turbo V8 motor is its main highlight. Apart from these, there are quite a number of optional packages to further enhance the SUV. Some of the packages include the Premium package, the Luxury Seating Package, the Driver Assistance package, and the Dynamic Handling package among others. There are some standalone optional features on offer too such as the active steering system, automated parking assist, adaptive M suspension system, upgraded leather upholstery and interior trim, automatic soft-closing doors, and rear-window manual sunshades among other features.

Trims

sDrive35i

xDrive35i

xDrive35d

xDrive50i

MSRP

$54,700

$57,000

$57,700

$71,500

Key Features

Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Driver Auto Dimming, Power Folding, and Turn Signal Indicator

All-Wheel drive

Twin-turbo 3.0-liter I-6 diesel motor

Keyless ignition and entry

 

Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Voice Activation, Radio Data System, Weatherband and 20 Gb Internal Memory

Power Anti-Whiplash w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints

Other features same as XDrive35i

Leather upholstery

 

AM/FM Stereo w/CD/MP3

Other features same as sDrive35i

 

16-way power-adjustable multi-contour front seats

 

Enhanced USB & Bluetooth

 

 

Quad-zone climate control

We recommend

We would recommend the xDrive35i trim since it is priced under $60,000 with AWD and offers most of the bells and whistles you’d require. Surely it lacks the punch of the turbo V-8 but it offers better fuel efficiency. Coming to the additional packages, the Premium package and the Driver Assistance package are the two highly recommended ones to have.

2016 BMW X5 Engine and Performance

8.5/10

The 2016 BMW X5 is equipped with three powertrain options, the base one being the tried and tested I-6 B58 motor. The Turbo 6-cylinder engine makes 300 horsepower and 300 ft-lbs of torque which is coupled to an eight-speed automatic gearbox that shifts precisely and perfectly. The motor generates peak torque at very low RPMs which makes the X5 a brilliant grand-touring machine. The motor is extremely refined and there is just negligible turbo-lag yet under hard acceleration, the motor gives out a pleasing and sporty sound. The acceleration times are quite commendable for a luxury SUV equipped with a base motor. The 0-60mph comes up in a rather quick 6.1 second while the quarter-mile run is completed by the vehicle within 14.5 seconds.

Models

BMW X5

Mercedes Benz GLE Class

Lexus GX 460

Volkswagen Touareg

MSRP

$54,700

$51,100

$50,780

$42,705

Engine

3.0L Turbo Inline 6

3.5L V-6 Gasoline Engine

4.6L V-8 Gasoline Engine

3.6L V-6 Gas Engine

Transmission

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

300 hp @ 5800 rpm

302 hp @ 6500 rpm

301 hp @ 5500 rpm

280hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque (lb-ft)

300 ft-lb @ 1300 rpm

273 ft-lbs @ 3500 rpm

329 ft-lbs @ 3500 rpm

266 ft-lbs @ 2500 rpm

0-60 MPH

6.1 sec

7.5 sec

7.2 sec

7.5 sec

Quarter mile

14.5 sec

16.6 sec

15.4 sec

15.7 sec

Front brake (in.)

13.7

13.0

13.3

13.0

Rear brake (in.)

12.6

12.8

12.3

13.0

60-0 (ft.)

116 ft.

130 ft.

133 ft.

122 ft.

The Mercedes-Benz GLE Class gets a 3.5-liter V8 motor and has a marginally higher power output than the X5 but loses out on the torque output rating. The Lexus GX 460 has the biggest motor here, a 4.6-liter V8 but fails to deliver a matching performance yet has an impressive torque output. The Volkswagen Touareg is the least powerful one here but impresses with its acceleration time which is at par with the rivals having significantly more power and torque output figures.

2016 BMW X5 Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2016 BMW X5, when equipped with the base 3.0-liter I-6 motor, delivers a maximum of 18mpg within the city limits and 25mpg out on the highways. The combined mileage is rated at 21mpg. The SUV gets a medium-sized gas tank holding about 22.4 gallons of fuel and delivers some decent driving range figures.

Models

BMW X5

Mercedes Benz GLE Class

Lexus GX 460

Volkswagen Touareg

MPG (city)

18

18

15

17

MPG (hwy)

25

24

20

23

MPG (combined)

21

20

17

19

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

22.4

24.6

23

26.4

The Mercedes-Benz GLE also has almost similar fuel economy figures to the X5 but gets a bigger 24 gallons gas tank hence, offers a much better driving range than the latter. The Lexus GX has a disappointing gas mileage since it houses a massive V8 under its hood, and it is more disappointing since it fails to deliver the desired performance. The Volkswagen Touareg trails both the GLE and the X5 closely with decent but slightly lesser fuel economy figures than the former duo.

2016 BMW X5 Interior

8.1/10

The 2016 BMW X5 interior is one of the best in the segment with its stylish design and elegance. The cabin offers the classic BMW layout for its gauges, controls on the steering wheel, and the center console. The cabin is quite spacious and the seats are comfortable with power-adjustable functions for the front seats. However, the optional third-row seats are cramped and strictly practical for kids and extra luggage items. The base trim gets the SensaTec high-quality vinyl upholstery which is a great alternative to the high-end leather upholstery. 

Models

BMW X5

Mercedes Benz GLE Class

Lexus GX 460

Volkswagen Touareg

Passenger capacity

5

5

7

5

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

40.5/61.5/40.4

40.4/58.5/40.3

38.0/55.4/41.7

39.6/41.4/59.8

Second (head/shoulder/rear) (in.)

38.8/60.0/36.6

38.5/58.4/38.4

40.4/57.3/34.1

38.9/56.7/36.7

Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

NA

NA

35.2/54.5/29.3

NA

Cargo Capacity with rear seats up (cu.ft.)

35.8

38.2

11.6

NA

Cargo Capacity with rear seats folded (cu-ft)

76.7

80.3

46.7

32.1

The Mercedes-Benz GLE is as spacious as the BMW X5 and matches evenly with the latter in terms of creature comfort features and opulence inside the cabin as well. The Lexus GX 460 has the most luxurious cabin here with the most spacious 2nd-row seats. The Volkswagen Touareg has surprising levels of comfort and features but has a disappointing cargo space on offer. 

Some interior features are:

  • SensaTec premium vinyl upholstery
  • 10-way power front seats with heating function
  • Driver memory settings
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Quad-zone climate control(xDrive50i)

How intuitive is the 2016 BMW X5’s infotainment unit?

The 2016 BMW X5 comes with a standard 10.2-inch infotainment display with the brand’s much-loved iDrive interface. The system is controlled via the rotary knob and the touch-pad placed on the center stack. The system offers almost all the basic connectivity and entertainment features along with a smooth and intuitive user interface. 

Some standout infotainment features include:

  • 10.2-inch display screen
  • Voice controls
  • Traffic reporting
  • Nine-speaker audio system
  • HD radio

2016 BMW X5 Exterior

8.0/10

The 2016 BMW X5 is big from every angle from the outside and completely defies its mid-size SUV tag with its exterior dimensions. The lines and design cues are sleek and elegant which gives the vehicle a sportier look than previous generations. The front end has a perfectly balanced appeal comprising aggressive and assertive styling. It also has a commendable ground clearance which when combined with the AWD system can offer a decent off-roading experience too.

Models

BMW X5

Mercedes Benz GLE Class

Lexus GX 460

Volkswagen Touareg

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4680

4652

5130

4696

Length (in.)

192.5

189.1

192.1

188.8

Width (in.)

76.3

75.8

74.2

76.4

Height (in.)

69.4

70.7

74.2

68.2

Ground clearance (in.)

8.2

NA

8.1

7.9

Wheelbase (in)

115.5

114.8

109.8

113.9

Track width (in) F/R

64.7/65.0

64.7/65.2

62.4/62.4

65.2/66.0

The Mercedes-Benz GLE Class also looks like a big SUV but has some slightly compact exterior dimensions than the X5 but gets a more aggressive front fascia than the latter. The Lexus GX 460 sports the brand’s huge spindle front grille design that gives it a polarizing but aggressive appeal from the front. The Volkswagen Touareg gets the most compact and understated design language here but it appeals to the right set of buyers.

Some exterior features include:

  • 19-inch wheels
  • Auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors 
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Automatic wipers
  • Adaptive xenon headlamps

2016 BMW X5 Safety

8.7/10

The 2016 BMW X5 received some impressive crash-test scores from both the IIHS and the NHTSA. The government organization gave the vehicle a perfect 5-star rating while the IIHS gave it the highest possible “Good” rating in the majority of the testing parameters. The SUV comes loaded with some truly advanced safety techs along with the basic ones.

Some of the safety features are-

  • Dsc-X Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • BMW Assist eCall Emergency Sos
  • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts 

2016 BMW X5 Final Verdict

The 2016 BMW X5 offers adequate practicality and comfort and possesses the capability to serve as a daily driver too. It offers commendable fuel-efficiency along with punchy performance, handles like a car on winding roads and the spacious cabin size offers ample cargo space without sacrificing the space for passengers. The plethora of features and one of the best build quality and the price makes the 2016 BMW X5 quite irresistible.

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