2018 BMW X5

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2018 MODEL
$57,200 - $74,050 See Inventory Prices

2018 BMW X5 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

With a quartet of zesty powertrain to choose from, a spacious interior and plethora of features, the 2018 BMW X5 is sure to impress drivers across different spectrum. The X5 with an optional third row makes for a great family hauler but enthusiasts may feel wanted for power until the right option is selected.

The base trim comes mated with a 3.0 liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder diesel that churns out 300 hp however, you can also choose between a 6-cylinder diesel, a powerful V8 or an economical plug-in hybrid engine that generates a max of 308 hp. BMW X5 is agile with a taut suspension that keeps the body roll in check.

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Efficient and high-performance engine to choose from

Strong acceleration

Roomy interiors

Comfy front seats

User-friendly infotainment system


Cramped optional third-row

Bland style

Additional feature expensive

What's New?

Wi-fi hotspot

Wireless charging

Updated eight-speed automatic transmission on non-plug-in models

Pictures & Videos


 2018 BMW X5 in Alpine White color  2018 BMW X5 in Atlas Cedar Metallic color  2018 BMW X5 in Black Sapphire Metallic color  2018 BMW X5 in Imperial Blue Metallic color  2018 BMW X5 in Jet Black color
Alpine White

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Trims and Configurations


 2018 BMW X5 sDrive35i


300 hp @ 5800 rpm
Premium unleaded (recommended)
21 combined


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
sDrive35i 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $57,200 MSRP (18/21/25) 300 hp @ 5800 rpm, 3 L, I6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 5   Alpine White
  Atlas Cedar Metallic
  Black Sapphire Metallic
  Imperial Blue Metallic
  Jet Black

 2018 BMW X5 xDrive35i


300 hp @ 5800 rpm
Premium unleaded (recommended)
20 combined


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
xDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $59,500 MSRP (18/20/24) 300 hp @ 5800 rpm, 3 L, I6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Alpine White
  Atlas Cedar Metallic
  Black Sapphire Metallic
  Imperial Blue Metallic
  Jet Black

 2018 BMW X5 xDrive50i


445 hp @ 5500 rpm
Premium unleaded (required)
17 combined


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
xDrive50i 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $74,050 MSRP (15/17/21) 445 hp @ 5500 rpm, 4.4 L, V8, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5   Alpine White
  Atlas Cedar Metallic
  Black Sapphire Metallic
  Imperial Blue Metallic
  Jet Black

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2017 BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan

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MPG: 27 combined

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MPG: 16 combined

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MPG: 24 combined

Expert Review

CARHP Editorial September 21, 2018


Overall Rating

The new 2018 BMW X5 offers a variety of different models intended to satisfy a wide range of luxury SUV buyers. There are ample security and safety equipment, road-trip quality, plus extra seating for little ones. For the thrill seeker, the BMW X5 drives like a big 5,000 - pound crossover-with precision, poise, and punch. Prices for the new BMW X5 start at $56,950 (for the X5 sDrive35i) and go as high as ($73,800) for the X5 xDrive50i. It is truly a sports activity vehicle, ready for the ultimate adventure.





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2018 BMW X5 Features


The 2018 BMW X5 is available in five trims: sDrive35i, xDrive35d, xDrive40e iPerformance, xDrive50i. All the X5’s meanwhile comes mated with all-wheel drive except the 35i that comes standard with the rear wheel drive.

Trims s-Drive 35i xDrive35i x-Drive 35d xDrive40e iPerformance xDrive50i
MSRP $ 56,950 $ 59,250 $ 60,750 $ 63,500 $ 73,800
Key Features 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 engine All-wheel drive system 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6 2.0-liter turbo-4 gas engine Twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine
  Rear-wheel-drive system, Electronic throttle control. Same as 35i with diesel engine eDrive button with AUTO eDrive, MAX eDrive and SAVE Battery modes. Leather upholstery, 20-way power seats, keyless ignition, Harman Kardon audio
  Double wishbone front suspension, Driving Dynamics Control with ECO PRO mode.      
  Electric power steering, Auto Start-Stop function.      
  Servotronic power-steering assist        

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Each trim gets a different powertrain so selecting the right X5 depends upon what kind of performance you want out of the SUV. The base X5 should serve you fine for any urban mission, while also saving you a few bucks over the premium models.

2018 BMW X5 Engine


"BMW puts a different turbocharged engine in each of its X5 editions. Every powertrain is hearty enough to move this midsize SUV with ease (even the standard engine and the plug-in hybrid powertrain), and all come with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission." -car.usnews

​​​​​​Engine and Transmission

The base 2018 BMW X5 comes mated to a 3-liter six-cylinder engine rated at 300 horsepower and 300pound-feet of torque which feels smooth and torquey, with the power coming on just after the throttle pin in. The X5 xDrive 35d meanwhile is a diesel-powered SUV that is mated to a 3-liter six-cylinder engine that churns out 255 horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque.

Model BMW X5 Audi Q7 Volvo XC90 Jaguar F-Pace
MSRP $ 56,950 $ 49,900 $46,900 $ 42,065
Engine 3.0-liter turbocharged unleaded inline-6 2.0 L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded Inline-4 2.0 L Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded Inline-4 2.0l Turbocharged Unleaded Inline-4
Transmission 8-speed Automatic 8-speed Automatic 8-speed Automatic 8-speed Automatic
Power 300 hp @ 5800 rpm 252 hp @ 5000 rpm 316 hp @ 5700 rpm 247 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque 300 ft-lbs. @ 1200 rpm 273 ft-lbs. @ 1600 rpm 295 ft-lbs. @ 2200 rpm 269 lb-ft @ 1,200 rpm

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

8.4 8.4 7.0 7.3

The Audi Q7, Volvo XC90, and Jaguar F-Pace are all cheaper than the X5 and offer smaller, more efficient engines. the XC90 has a surprisingly high output from its tiny engine, even more than the bigger Beemer.


The powerful engine of the X5 uses the 8-speed automatic transmission that helps this 4,700 pounds crossover sprint to 60 mph in just 5.8 seconds. While the figure isn't groundbreaking in today's terms, there are many SUVs that can match this performance.

Model BMW X5 Audi Q7 Volvo XC90 Jaguar F-Pace
0-60 MPH 5.8 sec 5.7 sec 7.3 sec 6.4 sec
Quarter mile 14.6 sec @ 96 mph 15.4 sec @ 89.3 mph 15.5 sec @ 86.1 mph 13.8 sec @ 99.6 mph

The biggest competition in this segment comes from the Audi Q7, which is a second faster when it comes to 0-60 mph. Jaguar F-Pace comes as a surprise in this segment, despite being slow in initial acceleration, it picks up speed later to complete a quarter mile a second quicker than the X5.

Riding and Handling

The 2018 BMW X5 provides a comfortable and sporty handling while the available Dynamic Damper Control and a rear axle suspension system adjust rapidly to changing road conditions. The X5 also delivers excellent handling at corners. The steering is reasonably light and the 8-speed automatic gearbox is smooth and responsive even at low speed.


The BMW X5 has got beefier brakes and it handles its weight and size exceptionally well. It has got a disc brake on all the four wheels. Brakes give a firm and reassuring response and stop the SUV 113 feet from 60 mph.

Model BMW X5 Audi Q7 Volvo XC90 Jaguar F-Pace
Brake rotor-Front(in) 13.7 14.8 13.2 12.8
Break rotor Rear(in) 12.6 13.8 12.1 12.8
Curb weight(lbs) 4680 4696 4392 3880
60-0 MPH 113 ft. 117 ft. 113 ft. 116 ft.

The Q7 has the largest brakes, and also the heaviest body. This mixed bag causes the car to take 117 feet to come to a halt, quite good for a car of this heft. The F-pace has the smallest brakes here, which work fine to bring this light car to a halt.

Towing capacity

BMW X5 is truly an incredible towing machine as it can tow up to 6000 lbs. The spec sheet shows that there is very little that it cannot tow. Keeping the amount of weight, this luxury can easily tow a caravan or bowrider.

Model BMW X5 Audi Q7 Volvo XC90 Jaguar F-Pace
Capacity (lbs) 5952 4400-7700 5000 5300

2018 BMW X5 Fuel Economy


BMW X5 offers minimal fuel efficiency in its class but it is slightly better than the Audi Q7. The X5 xDrive 35i gives 18 miles mpg city/24 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg in combined driving. The xDrive 35d with a 3.0-liter turbodiesel inline-6 offers the best efficiency with 23mpg city/ 29 mpg highway/25mpg in combined driving.

The most economical of the bunch is the X5 xDrive40e, a plug-in hybrid that gets 24 mpg combined, but 56 MPGe is based on how much energy is required to produce that electricity that gives it a 14-mile electric range only.

Model BMW X5 Audi Q7 Volvo XC90 Jaguar F-Pace
MPG (city) 19 19 22 22
MPG (highway) 26 25 29 27
MPG (combined) 22 21 25 24

Jaguar's light body helps it see great economy figures in both the city and the highway. The super powerful Volvo manages to squeeze every little drop of fuel into usable performance and is the most efficient car in here.

2018 BMW X5 Interior


"This X5 benefits from years of constant refinement of BMW's iDrive system. … The audio and navigation systems both work quite well." -Edmunds

Seating and comfort

Getting inside the car is made tough by the extended running boards which are too slender to be useful. The steering wheels and seats meanwhile have ample adjustments so that even the smaller drivers can adjust it according to their need.

There is ample space in both the row to accommodate even the tallest of the adults. With as many as 20 adjustments, even the fussiest of the person can adjust their seat. The optional third row is however cramped and is only good enough to accommodate kids. For child safety seats, there are three tether anchors in the second row, all of which are easy to spot and require very little effort to use.

Model BMW X5 Audi Q7 Volvo XC90 Jaguar F-Pace
Passenger capacity 5 7 5 (7 optional) 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 40.5/61.5/40.4 38.4/59.5/41.7 38.9/57.7/40.9 37.8/57.7/40.3
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.) 38.8/60/36.6 38.8/58.5/38.8 38.5/56.5/37 37.5/55.8/37.2
Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.) Na 35.9/49.4/29.2 35.5/54.1/30.1 Na

The Q7 offers a third row, and XC90 offers a third row as an option. This greatly enhances their practicality, especially compared to the X5 and F-pace. The latter two are less comfort-oriented, which reflects in their passenger space.

Cargo Capacity

Most of the 2018 BMW X5 trims comes with 35.8-cubic-feet cargo space behind the second-row and 76.7 cubic feet with them folded. The hybrid xDrive40e cuts into storage because of the 9.2-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, reducing cargo capacity to 34.2 cubic feet behind the seats and 72.5 feet overall.

Model BMW X5 Audi Q7 Volvo XC90 Jaguar F-Pace
Volume (ft.cube) (w/second row folded) 76.7 71.6 85.7 64.0
Volume (ft.cube) All seats up) 35.8 37.5 41.8 34.0

With their seats folded, all of these cars are capable of hauling some serious metal. The Volvo offers the most space, a gargantuan 85 cubic feet of free space with all seats down but the driver and front passenger.


Here is a list of infotainment system that the X5 boasts:

  • 10.2-inch touch-screen display
  • Touchpad controller
  • Nine-speaker sound system, navigation
  • USB port
  • Bluetooth
  • HD Radio
  • wireless charging for an enabled smartphone
  •  Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Apple Car Play
  • Bang & Olufsen/Harmon Kardon-16 speaker surround system
  • Two 9.2 inch screens for the rear-seat entertainment

Richly appointed and easy on the eyes, the cabin is a well-engineered space. The controls are logically laid out and easy to access. Panels are well fitted with consistent gaps, and no squeaks or rattles.

2018 BMW X5 Exterior


"The 2018 BMW X5 serves as a benchmark for the modern luxury performance crossover SUV. It impressively combines the attributes you normally associate with a BMW sedan and then adds true utility." -Edmunds

​​​​​​Dimension and Weight

The X5 looks sturdy form outside and we definitely like the automaker’s twin-kidney grille that is displayed prominently up front with subtle creasing along the sides which adds a hint of definition. It is heavy though, almost as much as the larger Q7.

Model BMW X5 Audi Q7 Volvo XC90 Jaguar F-Pace
curb weight(lbs) 4680 4696 4392 3880
Lenght(in) 192.4 199.6 194.9 186.3
Width(in) (w/o mirror) 76.3 77.5 79.1 81.5
Height(in) 69.4 68.5 69.9 65.0
Ground clearance(in) 8.3 8.1 9.3 8.4
Wheel base(in) 115.5 117.9 117.5 113.2
Track width(in) F/R 64.7/65 66.1/66.6 66/66.1 64.6/65.1

The BMW X5 is slightly smaller in length compared to the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90 and will fit in your garage slightly easily. It is also not the widest in its class. XC90 meanwhile gets scores high in the segment when it comes to ground clearance.

Exterior Feature

Some of the standard exterior features include:

  • Xenon adaptive headlight with dynamic auto level
  • Corona headlight rings
  • Cornering lights along with LED fog lights
  • Front air curtains for increased aerodynamics
  • Dual exhaust outlets with chrome tip
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear spoiler with the integrated brake light


2018 BMW X5 Safety


Safety features

There are plenty of safety features on offer in the 2018 model of the X5. The standard features are listed below:

  • 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 S.O.S
  • Park Distance Control 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
  • Driver and Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc Rear Center 3 Point and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

NHTSA Rating

Overall Rating 5
Overall Front Crash 5
Front Driver Side Crash 5
Front Passenger Side Crash 5
Overall Side Star Rating 5
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings Front 5
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings Rear 5
Side Barrier Driver 5
Side Barrier Rear Passenger 5
Overall Side Pole Star Rating 5
Rollover Rating 4

IIHS ratings

Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Crash avoidance and Mitigation
Front crash prevention Superior
Headlights Acceptable
LATCH Moderate

2018 BMW X5 Competition

BMW X5 vs Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 and BMW X5 are both excellent midsize SUVs. The Q7 however is a better value. Its lower starting price can save you almost $7,000, with perks like leather upholstery, a third-row seat, and standard all-wheel drive. The Q7 although can’t match the X5’s above-average history of reliability.

BMW X5 vs Volvo XC90

When it comes to agility, plush interior, and excellent predicted reliability, there is no other in the segment that matches 2018 BMW X5. Its sporty performance ranks among the class leaders and spices up your daily drive. Keep an eye on the price, though as the X5 costs $10,000 more than the Volvo XC90.

BMW X5 vs Jaguar F-Pace

The 2018 Jaguar F-PACE has a starting MSRP of only $42,065, which is extremely affordable for a luxury SUV. It’s even more affordable when you consider all the features and amenities you get with it. The base model of BMW X5 has a starting MSRP of $56,600. This is significantly higher than the starting cost of the F-PACE, and it’s not like you’re getting anything better to make up that difference. If you want to save money but still receive an attractive and versatile vehicle, then the Jaguar F-PACE is the right way to go.

2018 BMW X5 Final Verdict

BMW X5 has something for everyone.  There are ample safety and security equipment for the family, great ride quality, plus extra seating for the little ones. The X5 is big but still midsize, so it is also easy to maneuver through traffic and parking lots while remaining roomy and comfortable at the same time.

So, if you want to spend some extra bucks and want the size and convenience of a midsize SUV, the X5 is a good choice for you. This BMW offers more than just vigorous performance, too. The front seats are some of the best in the class, thanks in part to a multitude of seat adjustments. Its infotainment system is also very impressive. The only drawback the X5 has is that it is higher priced which may knock this crossover off some shopper’s lists.