2017 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: BMW X5 is essentially unchanged for 2017. Most models gain some bright exterior trim pieces. Wireless phone charging and Wi-Fi hotspot are now available. The BMW X5 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. In combined city/highway driving, the XDrive40e is EPA-rated at 24 mpg and 56 MPGe. 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. 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. The new xDrive40e promises an impressive boost in overall efficiency for its significant—but not unreasonable—price premium. 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: $55,500
AWD xDrive35i: $57,800
AWD xDrive35d: $59,300
AWD xDrive40e: $62,100
AWD xDrive50i: $72,300
AWD X5 M: $102,200

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

Optional Engine
turbo-diesel 3.0-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower
255
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31

Optional Engine
turbocharged 4.4-liter V8
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

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2017 BMW X5
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2017 BMW X5 M