2018 BMW X5


Ranked #5 in Midsize Luxury Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$57,200 - $74,050

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Key Spec of 2018 BMW X5
fuel economy


fuel type

Premium Unleaded (recommended)


300 hp @ 5800 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Refined handling

High ownership costs

Rearview camera is now standard

Potent engines

Cramped optional third-row seats

Handsome cabin

No Android Auto

Easy-to-use infotainment system

2018 BMW X5 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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The 2018 BMW X5 is available for sale and comes in two trims- 35i and 50i. The base 35i has a starting price of $57,200 while the 50i model is priced at $74,050. The X5 is also available in diesel (35d) and plug-in hybrid (40e) avatars. Two engines are on offer for the X5, a 300-hp turbo-6 engine and a 445-hp V8 engine. Power comes in strong even with the base engine equipped and takes 6.2 seconds to sprint from 0-60 MPH. Power and speed lovers, look for the 567-hp X5 M with a sprint time of 4 seconds. 

2018 BMW X5 three-quarter view

Except for the power levels, the specs and features of both trims are almost the same. The X5's cabin is adult-friendly while its infotainment system is the best in the business. With a maximum cargo space of 76.7 cubic feet, the X5's practicality is average in the segment. This year, BMW has added a rearview camera as a standard safety feature. With rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, the Audi Q7, and the Volvo XC90 in power, will the X3 stand out? Read the article to find out. 

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Over All Rating


Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#5 in Midsize Luxury Suv

#8 in Luxury Suv

#9 in Midsize Suv

#10 in Suv

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35i$57,200 onwards

  • 10.2-Inch central display screen
  • Adaptive xenon headlights
  • Bmw Assist emergency communications
  • Bmw'S iDrive infotainment interface
  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Power-Folding & heated mirrors

50i$74,050 onwards

  • 16-Speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system
  • Four-Zone climate control
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Upgraded front seats

Colors and Styles

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Alpine White

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The BMW X5 should be expected to function as an upscale family hauler while also delivering the brand’s signature driving satisfaction- CarAndDriver

Sport utilities are great but sometimes they can be a bit excessive about power and performance yet not a whole lot of practicality to go along with it. This is where exactly the BMW X5 comes in. But what makes it different from the other competitors in its segment is transforming a perfectly fine family hauler into one that can be fast and fun when it needs to be. But, it has its downsides too. 

The X5 suffers from high ownership costs due to its high maintenance and it also depreciates its value over the years more than its rivals. The owners of X5 will have to bear $15,350 every year for its repair, maintenance, fuel, insurance, etc. Also, the average cost per mile is $1.02, which is again more than its rivals. Its reliability ratings are also average for the class. 

2018 BMW X5 Front View
2018 BMW X5 Rear View


Good base content, excellent infotainment, and lots of optional equipment help the BMW X5 score well for features- The Car Connection

The BMW X5 is available in 35i and 50i trim levels. Pricing starts from $57,200 for the 35i trim while the 50i model has an MSRP of $74,050. These price tags exclude a destination fee of $995. The 35i trim is available in both RWD and AWD configurations whereas the 50i model comes standard with an AWD system. 

2018 BMW X5 rear angle view

The X5 is nicely equipped with a decent list of comfort and convenience features but misses out few technological features. BMW also offers many optional packages to upgrade the features of the X5. One of them is the $4,500 Dynamic Handling package that adds active roll stabilization and dynamic performance control for the best driving experience. 

Trims 35i 50i
MSRP (RWD) $ 57,200 N/A
MSRP (AWD) $59,500 $74,050
Key Features Dual-zone automatic climate control Adds/ Upgrades to 35i trim
  14-way power front seats 20-way power multi-contour front seats
  Synthetic leather upholstery Quad-zone automatic climate control
  Push-button start 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system
  Panoramic moonroof Satellite radio
  Power liftgate Proximity keyless entry
  10.2-inch touchscreen display Leather-trimmed seats
  9-speaker sound system  
  Navigation system  
  Rain-sensing windshield wipers  
  Power-adjustable leather steering wheel  

We Recommend

We prefer the xDrive35i model as its AWD system offers good traction to drive on snowy roads. The X5 comes with a good amount of standard important features but lacks enough safety features. Therefore, we also suggest upgrading to the $1,700 Driver Assistance and $1,200 Driver Assistance Plus packages for keeping your ride safe. 

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Engine and Performance

The 300-hp turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine is smooth and refined and has plenty of torque- Edmunds

​​​​​​2018 BMW X5 Engine and Transmission

The base 35i model is powered by a 3.0L turbo inline-6 engine that makes 300 hp and 300 lb-ft. of torque. The 50i trim comes with a 4.4L V8 engine that produces 445 hp and 480 lb-ft. of torque. Power goes to the wheels by an 8-speed automatic transmission built by ZF that is one of the best in the business. AWD is standard in the 50i and optional in the 35i while RWD being the standard drivetrain. 

2018 BMW X5 engine

The throttle response is a lot punchier and the power delivery is really good. The automatic transmission holds the gears a little longer than you might want when in Sport or Sport+ mode. But thankfully, the X5 is fitted with paddle shifters if you feel like rowing through your gears yourself. The optional sports exhaust adds a nice and raspy snarl to the exhaust when you get to the throttle. 

Model 2018 BMW X5 2018 Audi Q7 2018 Volvo XC90 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
MSRP $ 57,200 $ 56,400 $54,350 $ 52,200
Engine 3.0L Turbo Inline-6 3.0L Supercharged V6 2.0L Turbo Inline-4 3.5L V6
Drivetrain RWD AWD AWD RWD
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 7-Speed Automatic
Power 300 hp @ 5,800 RPM 333 hp @ 5,500 RPM 316 hp @ 5,700 RPM 302 hp @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 300 lb-ft. @ 1,200 RPM 325 lb-ft. @ 2,900 RPM 295 lb-ft. @ 2,200 rpm 273 lb-ft. @ 3,500 RPM

The Audi Q7 makes the most power in this competition and is uses a supercharger which means no lag in power. Like the Q7, the Volvo XC90 also comes standard with an AWD system but it houses the smallest engine in this competition. The cheapest Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class uses a naturally aspirated engine for immediate throttle response. 

2018 BMW X5 Acceleration

The BMW X5 is surprisingly fast despite being bulky. It can accelerate from 0-60 MPH in about 6.2 seconds which is the quickest in this class. Stick your foot to the pedal for a longer time and the quarter-mile test is completed in 14.8 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 135 MPH. If these numbers are surprising you, wait for the 50i model. 

2018 BMW X5 takes 6.2 sec to reach 60 MPH

With 440 horses on tap, it can do the same in just 4.7 seconds. The base engine has plenty of low-end torque. All that power kicks in at 1,200 RPM. So off the line, there is plenty of power and not a whole lot of turbo lag. The 8-speed automatic's quick and slick shifts help to achieve good acceleration and it also downshifts properly when needed. 

Model 2018 BMW X5 2018 Audi Q7 2018 Volvo XC90 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
0-60 MPH 6.2 sec 6.6 sec 6.7 sec 7.0 sec
Quarter Mile 14.8 sec 14.9 sec 15.1 sec 15.3 sec
Engine 3.0L 3.0L 2.0L 3.5L
Top Speed 135 MPH 135 MPH 130 MPH 135 MPH

The X5 stays on the top of the table while the similarly weighted Volvo XC90 does not offer impressive acceleration. Because its engine is tuned for comfort rather than being sporty. The Audi Q7's acceleration decent and the extra 33 horses help it to keep up with the X5 in the long run. 

2018 BMW X5 Riding and Handling

The BMW X5 has one of the best road manners in this segment. It handles pretty nicely on twisty roads and there is very little noticeable body roll when you throw it into a corner. The optional Dynamic Handling package improves the driving experience and makes the X5 feel more athletic around sharp bends. 

2018 BMW X5 three-quarter view

There is not a whole lot of feedback in the X5's steering but there is plenty of turn-in response and it makes the X5 feel a lot smaller than it is. When it comes to ride quality, the X5 is a little on the cushy side even on the Sport mode which is a good thing. The suspension is not too soft but absorbs all the bumps one road nicely. 

2018 BMW X5 Braking

The BMW X5 is called an ultimate driving machine not just because of its acceleration but also for its braking performance. At the front, 13.7-inch ventilated disc brakes are fitted whereas smaller 12.6-inch ventilated disc brakes are found at the rear wheels. When trying to stop from 60-0 MPH, the X5 takes 113 feet. 

2018 BMW X5 brakes

The brakes are very responsive and have got great stopping power. The brake pedal is a bit firm that the pedal travel is short which is really good. On repeated use, the brakes do not fade. The X5 als comes with some braking technologies such as automatic emergency braking to reduce the stopping distance at times of emergencies. 

Model 2018 BMW X5 2018 Audi Q7 2018 Volvo XC90 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Brake Front 13.7 in 14.8 in  13.2 in 13.8 in 
Brake Rear 12.6 in 13.8 in 12.1 in 13.0 in
Curb Weight 4,625 lbs 4,938 lbs 4,627 lbs 4,650 lbs
60-0 MPH 113 ft. 117 ft. 118 ft. 126 ft.

Once again, the X5 is the star of the show. The  Audi Q7's brakes are really impressive as it is the heaviest vehicle here and yet, it manages to stop at 117 feet whereas the lighter Volvo XC90 takes 118 feet, displaying average braking performance. The Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class has the poorest braking system and hence, takes the longest braking distance. 

2018 BMW X5 Towing Capacity

The BMW X5 has a decent towing capacity in the segment. When properly equipped, it can tow up to 5,952 pounds, which is pretty decent in its class. However, its rivals have better towing capacities. Therefore, it can easily tow a caravan or a trailer without much effort. 

Model 2018 BMW X5 2018 Audi Q7 2018 Volvo XC90 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Towing Capacity  5,952 lbs 7,700 lbs 5,000 lbs 7,200 lbs

Here, the Audi Q7 stands out with a maximum towing capacity of 7,700 pounds while the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is second-in-line with 7,200 pounds. The Volvo XC90 with a small engine offers the least towing capacity and therefore, the least recommended vehicle for those who tow large things regularly. 

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Fuel Economy

The 2018 BMW X5 is reasonably efficient at all levels- The Car Connection

The fuel economy of the BMW X5 is not that praise-worthy but it's average. According to the EPA, the MPG figures include 18 MPG in the city, 25 MPG on a highway, and 21 MPG combined. The fuel economy falls by 1 MPG if you buy the AWD versions. The more powerful 50i model returns 15 MPG in the city, 21 MPG on a highway, and 17 MPG combined.

2018 BMW X5 rear driving view

These fuel ratings are typical for the class. The X5 is fitted with a 22.4-gallon fuel tank, which when filled with premium gas, delivers a combined driving range of 481 miles for RWD models and 470 miles for AWD variants. The 50i model can drive up to 403 miles and therefore, you will visit gas stations frequently when you are on a road trip with your family. 

Model 2018 BMW X5 2018 Audi Q7 2018 Volvo XC90 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
MPG (City) 18 19 20 18
MPG (Highway) 25 25 27 23
MPG (Combined) 21 21 23 20
Fuel Tank Capacity 22.4 22.5 18.8 24.6
Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles) 403/560/481 428/563/495 428/563/495 443/566/504

The Volvo XC90 has the best fuel economy in this segment as it comes with an auto-start/stop feature. The fuel estimates of the Audi Q7 are on par with the X5 despite making more power and a standard AWD system. The Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is the least fuel-efficient vehicle here but its large fuel tank delivers the best driving range. 

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Inside, the X5 boasts an appealing, modern cabin design constructed from high-quality wood, metal and leather- Left Lane News

2018 BMW X5 Seating and Comfort

The cabin of the BMW X5 is well-built and features high-quality materials. It is a five-seater SUV but you can fit two more seats for an extra $1,700 to increase the seating capacity to seven. Honestly, stick with the standard two rows as the third row is absolutely useless. The dash is suitably classy although some of the plastics are behind the standard set by the rivals. The seats are treated with synthetic leather and leather upholstery depending on the trim levels. There is plenty of room to fit in four adults without too much worry. 

2018 BMW X5 dashboard

The front seats offer supreme comfort and good under-thigh support. The top-end 50i model offers 20-way power front seats with heated function. The steering wheel is also power-adjustable to find the perfect driving position. Although the X5 is a standard 5-seater, two adults or three children will get comfortable across the rear seats. If you equip the third row, they are reserved only for children as adults won't want to spend much time in them. The standard panoramic moonroof doesn't cut headroom and gives an airy feel to the cabin.

Model 2018 BMW X5 2018 Audi Q7 2018 Volvo XC90 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Passenger Capacity 5 7 7 5
Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 39.8/61.5/40.4 38.4/59.5/41.7 38.9/57.7/40.9 38.9/58.5/40.3
Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) 38.3/58.3/36.6 38.8/58.5/38.8 38.5/56.5/37.0 38.5/58.4/38.4
Third Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in) - 35.9/49.4/29.2 35.5/54.1/30.1 -

Both the Audi Q7 and the Volvo XC90 come standard with seven seats while the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class sticks to the 5-seater layout. Comparatively, the GLE-Class and the Q7 offer more passenger space in the rear row while the XC90's space levels are decent. Although the X5's interior dimensions look less, there is ample space provided for adults. 

2018 BMW X5 Infotainment System

A 10.2-inch touchscreen display sits atop the dashboard and it runs on the latest generation BMW's iDrive infotainment system that is undoubtedly one of the best fit in its segment. But it's a shame that Android Auto is not available whereas Apple CarPlay is a $300 add-on feature. The screen features slick graphics and the menus are arranged logically. The interface is user-friendly and easy to understand. 

2018 BMW X5 infotainment system

The system is connected to a 9-speaker sound system but the top-end 50i model adds a Harman Kardon surround sound system with 16 speakers which could be the perfect choice for audiophiles. You could also opt for Bang & Olufsen with the same amount of speakers. The metal buttons have a nice touch to them and look premium. The optional rear-seat entertainment system adds dual 9.2-inch screens. 

2018 BMW X5 Interior Features

Some important comfort and technological features of the X5 are:

  • Power tilt & telescopic multi-function leather steering wheel 
  • 20-way front power, heated leather seats
  • Proximity keyless entry
  • Power liftgate
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Push-button start
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • 10.2-inch touchscreen display
  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround audio system
  • Navigation system

2018 BMW X5 Cargo Capacity

The BMW X5 offers a dedicated cargo space of 35.8 cubic feet which is ample to keep your golf bags, snowboarding gear behind the rear seats. Should you need more space, the rear seats split 60/40 and fold down almost flat. Once folded, you will witness 76.7 cubic feet before you. That's a lot of space for a family of four. 

2018 BMW X5 cargo space

The X5's boot is square-shaped, allowing more items to be stored in the trunk. The split tailgate feature adds to the practicality as it helps to loads items into the cargo area easily without much effort. Moreover, a power tailgate is a standard feature across the range. The X5 also offers plenty of storage solutions in the cabin as well. 

Model 2018 BMW X5 2018 Audi Q7 2018 Volvo XC90 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Cargo Volume (cu-ft.) 35.8 14.8 15.8 38.2

Whether the rear seats are up or folded, the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class leads the table with its impressive numbers. The Volvo XC90 is the most practical SUV in this segment with a maximum cargo space of 85.7 cubic feet. On the flip side, the Audi Q7 offers just 71.6 cubic feet and stands last on the table. 

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The 2018 BMW X5 luxury SUV retains its muscular yet set smooth lines, and its considerable size is proportioned well- Kelly Blue Book

​​​​​​2018 BMW X5 Dimension and Weight

The styling of the BMW X5 reflects a modern and muscular look but is not rugged. The front-end looks aggressive with the signature kidney grille and integrated headlights. These headlights are projector-beam HID lights and down below, you get LED fog lights. The X5 sits on 19-inch alloy wheels and these wheels keep the car from the ground at 8.2 inches, good enough for mild off-roading. 

2018 BMW X5 three-quarter view

The side profile with the elongated silhouette and air vents near the front wheels improve the airflow. The short wheelbase of the X5 impacts its rear-seat room but it makes cornering and parking much easier. The rear design of the X5 also looks stylish with LED taillights and dual exhausts. The optional M Sport package adds 19-inch double-spoke wheels, Shadowline exterior trim, and roof rails that make the X5 look sportier. 

Model 2018 BMW X5 2018 Audi Q7 2018 Volvo XC90 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Curb Weight (lbs) 4,625 4,938  4,627  4,650
Length (in) 193.2 199.6 194.9 189.1
Width (in) 76.3 77.5 79.1 78.9
Height (in) 69.4 68.5 69.9 70.7
Ground Clearance (in) 8.2 8.2 9.4 7.9
Wheelbase (in) 115.5 117.9 117.5 114.8
Track Width (in) F/R 64.7/65 66.1/66.6 66/66.1 64.9/65.5

The Volvo XC90 has the highest ground clearance in this segment but don't mistake it to be an off-roader. High ride height is useful to prevent the underbelly from getting scrapped. The Audi Q7 has a wide wheelbase that measures nearly 2 inches more than the X5. Hence, its cabin is roomier. The Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is the shortest SUV with an overall length of 189.1 inches. 

2018 BMW X5 Exterior Feature

Some of the standard exterior features include:

  • HID headlamps
  • LED DRLs
  • Adaptive LED taillights
  • LED fog lights
  • Door courtesy lights
  • Grey grille
  • Aluminum window trim
  • Rear roofline spoiler
  • Dual exhausts
  • Black rocker panel with chrome accents
  • 19 & 21-inch alloy wheels

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The X5 earned a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA- MotorTrend

A total of five out of five stars were given to the BMW X5 for its overall performance in crash tests. This overall rating is the combination of frontal, side-impact, and rollover tests. In the frontal and side-impact crash tests, the X5 received a 5-star rating while four stars are given for the rollover crash test. 

NHTSA Rating

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

The X5 received mixed ratings from IIHS. The highest 'Good' rating was given to the X5 for its front and side crash tests while the headlights were rated 'Acceptable'. The models with the optional Driver Assistance Plus package received 'Superior rating for the front crash prevention and with the Driver Assistance package, an 'Advanced' rating was distributed. 

IIHS Rating

Moderate overlap front Good
Side Good
Front crash prevention Superior
Headlights Acceptable
LATCH Moderate

All these ratings prove the fact that the X5 is a safe vehicle. With regards to driver aids, only three features are available as standard in the X5. As mentioned before, upgrading to the Driver Assistance, Driver Assistance Plus, and Parking Assitance packages adds an extensive list of advanced safety features. 

2018 BMW X5 IIHS crash test

The list of safety features available in the X5 are given below:

  • Rearview Camera
  • Surround-View Camera
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Rain-Sensing Windsheild Wipers
  • Adaptive Cruise Control w/ Stop & Go
  • Night Vision w/ Pedestrian Detection
  • Speed Limit Information
  • City Collision Mitigation
  • Active Park Assist
  • Frontal Collision Warning
  • Pedestrian Warning
  • Head-up display

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2018 BMW X5 vs 2018 Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 is powerful but its heavy curb weight doesn't allow it to overtake the X5 in terms of performance. Its fuel economy is the same as the X5 but its tow ratings are way better. The Q7's cabin feels more elegant and seats up to 7 passengers. It is also slightly more spacious but its cargo volume is a bit less. The Q7 also offers similar safety features as the X5 but its low ownership costs make it a better option. 

2018 Audi Q7

2018 BMW X5 vs 2018 Volvo XC90

Although the Volvo XC90 makes more power, its acceleration is mediocre while its towing capacity is the least in this competition. Also, its ride quality is not much appreciable. The main winning points of this SUV are high fuel efficiency, more standard driver-assist features, and the lowest ownership costs in this segment. The XC90's interior seats two more passengers and offers class-leading cargo room. 

2018 Volvo XC90

2018 BMW X5 vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

The Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is the cheapest entry in this segment. It isn't athletic as the X5 and its fuel efficiency is also less but offers a great towing capacity. The cabin of the GLE-Class offers more space and luxurious features than the X5 while its cargo capacity is among the best in the segment. It is also the Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS and offers a bit more standard safety tech than the X5. 

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

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Final Verdict

The 2018 BMW X5 is the best driving SUV in the range with the best engine and transmission combo and the most comfortable capable ride you can buy. It's a shame that tech is such a miss but everything else is wonderful. Most people don't need a full-blown X5 M vehicle, which makes the standard X5 a nice compromise. With a few thousand dollars in options, it can be as fun as you want it to be but just as civilized as any other full-size premium crossover when you don't. 

2018 BMW X5 side view

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vehicle bio
base price


body style

4dr SUV

engine type

182 cu in

horse power

300 hp @ 5800 rpm


300 lb.-ft. @ 1200 rpm


8 speed Automatic


193 in


116 in


76 in

curb weight

4735 lbs


69 in

Ground Clearance

8 lbs

passenger volume

102.4 cu ft

cargo volume

66 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy

18/20/24 mpg

highway range

537.6 mi

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

BMW X5 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $90,200
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Financing Interest$3,712$2,984$2,210$1,382$500$10,788
Taxes and Fees$5,709$411$362$321$276$7,079
Total Cost-To-Own$24,287$15,369$14,034$18,864$17,646$90,200
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