2018 BMW X5 xDrive40e

Pros: Good selection of potent powertrains, including efficient diesel and plug-in-hybrid models; nimble handling for the class; long list of state-of-the-art available features

Cons: Steep base prices get even steeper as options are added; not as cargo-versatile as many class competitors; mediocre fuel economy in gas-engine models

CG Says: The 2018 BMW X5 is essentially unchanged. The BMW X5 is a premium midsize crossover SUV. The lineup includes a plug-in-hybrid model. The xDrive40e uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder paired with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery. Total powertrain output is 308 horsepower; BMW claims a range of up to 14 miles of pure-electric driving. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the high-performance X5 M. The M boasts a hopped up, 567-hp version of the XDrive50i’s turbocharged 4.4-liter V8. The base engine is a 300-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder. There is also a 255-hp 3.0-liter 6-cylinder diesel. All engines are paired with a 8-speed automatic transmission and all models are all-wheel drive—except the rear-wheel-drive base s35i. Available features include quad-zone automatic climate controls, surround-view camera, night-vision, and LED headlights. In any of its forms, the X5 delivers BMW’s characteristic polish and performance with SUV utility, though it is not as spacious inside or as cargo-versatile as many premium midsize-SUV competitors. Still, the X5’s acceleration, sporty handling, and availability of a frugal diesel engine are highlights.  Any X5 model is quite pricey, but if you crave an SUV with an emphasis on “Sport”, this BMW might be the one for you.

The Facts
Class Premium Midsize SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer BMW
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices sDrive35i: $58,195
AWD xDrive35i: $60,495
AWD xDrive35d: $75,045
AWD xDrive40e: $64,745
AWD xDrive50i: $75,045
AWD X5 M: $102,695

Base Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder (35i)
Horsepower
300
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
24-25

Optional Engine
turbodiesel 3.0-liter 6-cylinder (35d)
Horsepower
255
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

Optional Engine
turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 (50i, X5 M)
Horsepower
445 (567 in X5 M)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
14-15
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
19-21

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder/electric (40e)
Horsepower
308
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA Gas Engine Combined (mpg)
24
EPA Electric Engine Combined (MPGe)
56

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2018 BMW X5
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2018 BMW X5 M
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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