2022 BMW X5


2022 BMW X5 Review: The Luxury SUV Boss

When it comes to midsize luxury SUVs, the 2022 BMW X5 is one of the best offerings in the segment. It's been that way across all its generations and is only getting better as more tech gets added to it. It's available with a choice of two 3.0-liter turbocharged engines, one of which is a proper hybrid, along with a detuned version of the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 found in the X5 M. Output starts at 335 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque for the base model X5 which can be had with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, while the M50i's V8 develops 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid model, meanwhile, offers up to 30 miles of all-electric range. With so many options, the X5 range aims to cater to everyone, from the school-run chauffeur to the performance enthusiast and the environmentally conscious. But with competitors like the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and Audi Q7 providing stiffer competition than ever before, is the X5 still the king?

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2022 BMW X5 Changes: πŸš™What’s the difference vs 2021 X5?

The biggest news for the 2022 model year is the new X5 Black Vermilion limited-edition model - based on the X5 xDrive40i - of which only 350 examples will be made available for the US. It sports a black-and-red color scheme inside and out and comes in BMW's Frozen Black matte-black paint finish. The interior features black Merino upholstery with red highlights and class controls for the gear shifter, iDrive selector, and start/stop button are used. As for the rest of the range, these glass controls are now available as a standalone option. Additionally, wireless charging is no longer standard equipment, two new paint colors have been added, and the Convenience package is no longer available on 40i models. Other packages have also been changed, including the equipment available in the Premium, Executive, and M Sport packages. A new Climate Comfort package is added. Some standalone options have also disappeared.

Pros and Cons

  • Stunning cabin
  • Numerous drivetrain options
  • Commodious cargo area
  • M50i model is seriously quick
  • Numerous standard luxury features
  • Advanced safety features cost extra
  • Asking price is a little high
  • Steering could provide more feedback

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2022 BMW X5 Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
xDrive45e Plug-In Hybrid
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Hybrid
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive

X5 Exterior

The exterior of the X5 is dominated at the front by large kidney grilles that are flanked on either side by Icon adaptive full-LED adaptive headlights. LED fog lights also feature while the front fenders are home to slim vents. The rear houses adaptive brake lights, a faux diffuser, and dual-exit exhaust outlets. Roof rails and a panoramic moonroof are standard too, along with 19-inch wheels on all but the M50i model that wears 20s. 21-inch and 22-inch wheels are also available. The M50i model also gets a unique M Sport body kit and Shadowline exterior trim, lending it a more aggressive demeanor. The limited-edition Black Vermilion is painted matte black and all exterior trim and features are blacked out save for the red vertical grille slats and the red brake calipers. It runs on black 22-inch alloys.

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The X5 is a fairly large SUV with dimensions that include a length of 194.3 inches and a width of 78.9 inches. The wheelbase measures 117.1 inches and height is pegged at 69 inches. Curb weight starts at 4,828 pounds on the base model and 4,863 lbs on the xDrive40i. The V8-powered M50i weighs at least 5,260 lbs while the hybrid variant - which we go into in more detail separately - is the heaviest with a starting weight measurement of 5,646 lbs.

  • Length 194.3 in
  • Wheelbase 117.1 in
  • Height 68.7 in
  • Max Width 78.9 in
  • Front Width 66.1 in
  • Rear Width 66.9 in
  • Curb Weight 4,828.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

As usual, the only no-cost colors available on the base variant are Alpine White and Jet Black, but you do get access to one of eight metallic hues if you're willing to spend $550 more. These are Carbon Black, Black Sapphire, Dark Graphite, Mineral White, Phytonic Blue, Arctic Grey, and Manhattan Green, as well as Sparkling Brown, a new color. Carbon Black requires adding the M Sport package, which raises the overall increase in price to $5,250. The M50i variant doesn't have access to Jet Black, but regular metallic options are free here, as is the Carbon Black as this variant already has the M Sport package equipped by default. Dark Graphite and Manhattan Green aren't offered either, but instead, you get access to the special colors Tanzanite Blue II and the new Dravit Grey (which replaces last year's Ametrin) for $1,950 each.

  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Sparkling Brown Metallic
  • Phytonic Blue Metallic
  • Arctic Grey Metallic
  • Manhattan Green Metallic
  • Dark Graphite Metallic
  • Carbon Black Metallic
  • Dravit Grey Metallic, Priority 1.
  • Tanzanite Blue II Metallic, Priority 1
  • Ametrin Metallic, Priority 1
  • Alpine White
  • Jet Black

X5 Performance

When you see a BMW badge, even on an SUV, you expect better performance from it than, say, a Volkswagen Atlas. That's not exactly a fair comparison, but in this respect, the X5 does not disappoint, no matter which of its configurations you choose. The two 40i models and special-edition Black Vermilion are powered by a 3.0-liter straight-six turbocharged engine with a 48-volt mild-hybrid electric system. These RWD and AWD models (the Black Vermilion is AWD only) produce 335 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque, enabling them to launch from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and continue on to a top speed of 130 mph as standard, although the limiter can be moved to 151 when performance tires are fitted. Interestingly, the hybrid 45e variant with its 3.0-liter straight-six turbo and electric motor matches the regular X5 for acceleration despite its increased weight. This motor combination produces a total of 389 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. In electric-only mode, this model can do up to 84 mph and has a range of 30 miles. If you want real BMW thrills from your X5 though, you're going to want the M50i model. Powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 with 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, this racy variant can get to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds, although top speed is again limited to 130 mph as standard with the option of 155 mph as the new limit setting it slightly apart from its lesser siblings. It's not all about the power though, and the M50i's upgraded differential, exhaust, brakes, and suspension make it a lot of fun to drive. Properly equipped, all X5 variants can tow up to 7,200 lbs - putting them below the Audi Q7 that can pull up to 7,700 lbs.

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Engine and Transmission

The base variant of the X5 is the RWD sDrive40i with a 3.0-liter turbo-six that produces 335 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque. It is aided by a 48-volt mild-hybrid electric system and sends all of its power to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission, like all other models in the range. This powerplant is shared with the xDrive40i model where it produces the same output, but on the xDrive model, output is split between both axles. The Black Vermilion drivetrain is identical to the xDrive40i's. Despite their considerable mass, the 40i X5s accelerate well from a stop and have a smooth way of delivering power that doesn't feel laggy at all, although the very top end of the rev range can be a bit straining.

The xDrive M50i model is the sportiest in the lineup and uses a similar engine to the V8 found in many full-on M products like the M5 and X5 M. However, here, the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 generates an impressive 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, and while the regular X5 models feel a little dead on top, the M50i feels alive throughout the rev range. This model is only offered as an AWD variant, but despite the added weight of such a system, there's no feeling of lethargy when driving this SUV. Overtaking maneuvers are executed with ease regardless of which gear you're in, and the tone of that engine coupled with its performance simply encourages you to risk an awkward conversation with your local state trooper.

As expected, the hybrid version is a little more sedate than the M50i, but it's no less impressive than any other X5. Like the base variants, this xDrive45e model comes with a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six. Here, it develops 282 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque on its own while the electric motor generates 111 hp and 77 lb-ft of torque. In total, BMW says the hybrid produces 389 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, which makes it more than capable of accelerating and cruising with ease, although you won't be able to accelerate as easily as in the V8. Regardless of which model you choose, the eight-speed automatic transmission fitted to each is simply sublime, proving both smooth and decisive with quick responses regardless of what you ask of it.

  • Engines
    3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas, 3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Hybrid, 4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The experience of driving a BMW is always about more than just raw power and acceleration - it needs to handle well too. With its lofty ride height and bulky mass, one may be forgiven for thinking that the X5 would be exceptional for all the wrong reasons, but despite its size, it handles brilliantly for an SUV. The steering is direct and sharp and the driving dynamics control system does an excellent job of giving you exactly what you want. In Sport mode, it stiffens things up to reduce body roll and lean while Comfort will absorb bumps big and small with ease, ensuring that you arrive at your destination after a long drive feeling relaxed. When you want to slow down, the brakes are more than adequate for the task and slow the large SUV down with ease, while the standard fitment of a launch control system on all models ensures that you can get back up to speed in a flash. As you'd expect, the M-tuned M50i model is even better to drive thanks to retuned suspension, a throatier exhaust, better brakes, and an M Sport differential. The adaptive M suspension is standard only on the M50i and Black Vermilion. However, all models suffer from a slight lack of feel from the steering wheel, although this is not uncommon among modern SUVs.

X5 Gas Mileage

Unsurprisingly, the hybrid xDrive45e variant of the X5 gets the best gas mileage. According to the EPA, this model will achieve 50 MPGe on the combined cycle as a hybrid and 20 mpg with just the gas engine running. BMW claims that the 24 kWh battery will provide 30 miles of all-electric range and can be recharged to 80 percent on a level 2 3.7 kW charger in four hours. From empty to full, it'll take around 5.3 hours. With an 18.2-gallon gas tank, you can expect around 364 miles of range with mixed gas driving based only on the gas engine's consumption figure. The other models in the lineup get a bigger 21.9-gallon gas tank. The sDrive40i model will return 21/26/23 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles while the xDrive40i model will fare worse by 1 mpg on the highway cycle. The thirstiest model is the V8 M50i that promises just 16/22/18 mpg and a mixed driving range of around 394 miles, while the 40i variants should do just over 500 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    21.9 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 21/26 mpg
* 2022 BMW X5 sDrive40i RWD

X5 Interior

The interior of the X5 is stunningly crafted as always. Build quality is right up there with the very best and the design is both modern and a tribute to classic BMW cabins of yore. A 12.3-inch driver info display sits behind a leather-clad steering wheel while a central 12.3-inch touch display handles infotainment. Soft-touch materials and SensaTec faux leather adorn most models as standard while the M50i variant gets genuine Vernasca leather instead. The Black Vermilion gets Merino leather and exclusive model-specific interior finishes in black and red, and glass controls. Regardless of which model you're in, there's plenty of space and the seats are both comfortable and supportive, ensuring that the ambiance feels luxurious and homely at the same time. Other features like standard heated seats on all variants add to the X5's impressive lineup of features.

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Seating and Interior Space

As standard, the X5 will seat five adults in comfort, with plenty of headroom and legroom for all occupants. Getting in and out is easy, but if you opt for the available third row with another pair of seats, ingress and egress are tricky and space is at a premium, so we'd avoid choosing this option and rather consider something bigger if you need more seating capacity. In front, the seats are 16-way power-adjustable chairs with heating as standard on all variants, offering plenty of comfort and support as well as a great driving position. On the M50i and Black Vermilion variants, you get 20-way multi-contour seats with ventilation added. Options for the seats include heating for the rear seats, the steering wheel, and the front armrests, and you can also add massaging to the front seats if you've specced the 20-way perches or opted for the M50i model.

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 39.8 in
  • Front Head Room 40.8 in
  • Rear Leg Room 37.4 in
  • Rear Head Room 38.7 in

Interior Colors and Materials

The base X5 features SensaTec faux leather as standard in a choice of Black or Canberra Beige/Black. However, you can upgrade to Vernasca leather for $1,450 and then choose from Ivory White, Canberra Beige, Coffee, Cognac, or Black. If that's still not enough, Merino leather is available in the same colors besides Cognac, while Tartufo and Ivory White/Midnight Blue get added. However, these options cost $2,450 along with the addition of multi-contour seats, four-zone climate control, and the Premium package, bringing the true total for this leather option to $4,850. Fortunately, you get more choice with trim accents at no cost, with Aluminum Dark Mesh, Brown-Metallic Ash Grain wood, Anthracite-Brown Poplar Matte Finish wood, and Aluminum Tetragon options. The last option is not truly free though, as you need to add multi-contour seats, four-zone climate control, Black extended Merino leather, the Premium package, and the M Sport aero kit. These options can add up to a good few thousand bucks. Glass controls are also available as a standalone option.

The Black Vermilion gets bespoke interior treatment in the form of Black Merino leather upholstery with red piping and contrast stitching, as well as red binding on the floor mats. An M Alcantara Anthracite headliner is used on this model. The M50i variant gets Vernasca leather at no cost in the same colors as on other X5 models with Merino leather available in Ivory White, Coffee, Black, Tartufo, and Ivory White/Night Blue. These options cost $1,000. The same trim options are available here at no charge, but you can spend extra on carbon fiber ($300) or Individual Piano Black, Individual Fine Wood Ash Grain in High Gloss Silver, or BMW Individual Fineline Black with aluminum inserts for $1,080.

X5 Trunk and Cargo Space

The BMW X5 is a pretty commodious SUV, offering 33.9 cubic feet of volume behind the rear seats, assuming that you've opted to stick with the standard two-row seating configuration. The hybrid variant is a little less commodious, however, at 33.1 cubes. That means plenty of space for full-size luggage for each occupant, along with extra space for shopping bags containing your road trip snacks. Thanks to a power liftgate, hands-free opening of the rear hatch is a breeze, and if the cargo area isn't spacious enough for you, you can fold the rear seats in a 40/20/40 split to open up as much as 72.3 cubic feet of volume.

In the cabin, you get decent door pockets, a glovebox, a center armrest bin, and a large space in the center console for your phone and/or wallet. There are also two cupholders in front and another two in the rear.

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X5 Infotainment and Features


The X5 is a luxury German SUV, which means that standard features won't leave you wanting. The base model is equipped with launch control, stop/start, dynamic damper control, hill descent control, power-folding heated wing mirrors, dynamic cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry with push-button start, a power liftgate, and a panoramic moonroof with a power sunshade. You also get ambient lighting, Icon adaptive LED headlights, adaptive brake lights, rain-sensing wipers, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, and a 12.3-inch driver info display. Safety features include a drowsy driver monitor, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision detection, and post-collision braking. You also get heated front seats, but on the M50i and Black Vermilion models, the front seats gain ventilation too. The M50i also boasts remote start and quad-zone climate control. Available options in the US include lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, massaging front seats, park assist, a surround-view camera, a drive recorder, air suspension (available in combination with the seven-seater option), and a heated steering wheel and armrests. Gesture control and a head-up display are available bundled in packages, while adaptive LED headlights with Laserlight, LED lights in the ceiling, and rear manual side window shades are available as part of the Executive package on the M50i.


The infotainment system in every BMW X5 SUV is powered by BMW's iDrive 7.0 system and is operated via a 12.3-inch touchscreen display. It allows for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, along with Bluetooth and USB connections, and features HD Radio, SiriusXM satellite radio, voice control, navigation, and a 10-speaker sound system. The M50i and Black Vermilion get a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system instead. The system is easy to understand and navigate and responds quickly, reasserting its status as one of the best infotainment systems available on the market.

X5 Problems and Reliability

Reliability is something that you never want to worry about when purchasing a new car. Unfortunately, it's not good news for the X5 as no fewer than eleven recalls were issued for the 2021 model. These issues include improper welding of the front axle/right control arm, debris within the hybrid battery that could lead to a fire hazard, headlights that had a lens that did not conform to legal regulations, another hybrid battery issue (this time for a potential short-circuit), and the inner layer of the tire that may fail. Other problems included head-restraint failures, backup camera malfunctions, various braking problems, and a loose steering-column shaft. The 2022 model hasn't been subject to recalls so far.

Hopefully, none of these issues will affect buyers going forward and BMW offers comprehensive warranty coverage that includes a limited and powertrain warranty for the first four years or 50,000 miles of ownership, along with four years of roadside assistance. Hybrid components are covered for eight years or 100,000 miles while complimentary scheduled maintenance is provided for the first three years or 36,000 miles.


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Hybrid/Electric Components:
    8 Years \ 80,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

X5 Safety

In terms of safety, BMW X5 review metrics have shown it to be relatively good, with the NHTSA providing an overall rating of four stars out of a possible five for the AWD version; the RWD model hasn't been fully evaluated yet but it did attain four stars for the frontal crash test and five stars for the side crash. The IIHS review resulted in "Good" ratings for all crashworthiness criteria but a "Poor" rating for the base headlight specification in 2021.

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Key Safety Features

Safety features on the X5 are numerous, with the luxury SUV coming equipped as standard with hill descent control, dynamic cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, Icon adaptive LED headlights, adaptive brake lights, a rearview camera, forward collision mitigation, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, a fatigue/focus alert function, and parking sensors. Available features are even more impressive, with BMW offering lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, automatic parking, a surround-view camera, a head-up display, and Icon adaptive LED headlights with Laserlight. All models feature six airbags, with dual frontal, side-impact, and curtain airbags.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2022 BMW X5 a good SUV?

The BMW X5 has been at the top of its game for a long time now, and now that there's a hybrid model with usable range on offer, it looks more attractive than ever before. It caters to everyone, with an impressive base model sending power to the rear wheels while an AWD version of the same vehicle adds stability in slippery situations. The X5 M50i model is also very impressive, offering real driving thrills and a remarkable ability to take corners at speed. The hybrid version isn't too slow off the line either, even with a big battery pack weighing it down. In addition, every model comes with a stunningly appointed cabin that boasts some of the best in infotainment technology. There are also numerous customization options and additional convenience features that can be added for a true luxury experience. Is it worth a test drive? Absolutely.

BMW X5 SUV Price: 🚘What Does it Cost?

The BMW X5 series offers five trims for 2022, with the base sDrive40i model carrying a starting price of $59,400 before a $995 destination charge. The AWD xDrive40i variant is a little more expensive with an MSRP in the USA of $61,700. The xDrive45e hybrid model costs $63,700 before any additional charges or potential rebates. The limited-edition Black Vermilion is based on the xDrive40i but costs $82,300 with all its extra equipment, nearly as much as the fastest variant in the lineup, the X5 M50i, which carries a sticker price of $82,800. Notably, the xDrive45e qualifies for a federal tax credit of $7,500. Fully loaded, we managed to max the online configurator and give the BMW X5 a price of over $105,000 including destination.

2022 BMW X5 Models

The 2022 BMW X5 is available in five trims, namely sDrive40i, xDrive40i, Black Vermilion, xDrive45e, and M50i.

The base model is the sDrive40. It has a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine with 335 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque, sending its power through the same eight-speed automatic transmission as the rest of the lineup, but in this case, to the rear wheels only. It reaches 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. Standard equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels, Icon adaptive LED headlights, hill-descent control, and launch control. Inside, it gets Sensatec leatherette upholstery, 16-way electrically adjustable and heated front seats, power tailgate, and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. Infotainment comprises a 12.3-inch touchscreen and incorporates navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM, and voice control.

Next in line is the xDrive40i, which is identical to the sDrive40i in all respects except that it has an AWD system that sends the power to all four wheels for better grip and traction, at the expense of a slightly higher curb weight.

The limited-edition Black Vermilion is basically an xDrive40i with bespoke exterior and exterior finishes and a host of model-specific equipment fitted. It's painted matte black with red grille slats and red brake calipers, runs on black 22-inch alloy wheels, has the M Sport package fitted, and has the Icon adaptive headlights with the Laserlight function. Inside, the color scheme is red and black as well and it uses the M50i's ventilated front seats. Upholstery is in Merino leather and other interior highlights include glass controls, an anthracite headlining, a leather dashboard, and the Premium package. Other standard hardware includes adaptive M suspension, M Sport brakes, and an M Sport exhaust.

The hybrid is the xDrive45e and it closely resembles the xDrive40i in terms of trim and equipment, but with a PHEV powertrain instead, delivering 389 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. It is heavier than the xDrive40i but just as fast thanks to its added power.

The flagship is the M50i and it's equipped with a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine with 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, which enables it to sprint to 60 mph in only 4.1 seconds. It gains many M Sport upgrades, such as the body kit, brakes, exhaust, suspension, and differential. Inside, it has Vernasca leather upholstery, 20-way powered, heated, and ventilated front seats, four-zone climate control, remote start, and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

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Additional Packages

If you feel that the non-M-enhanced models are a little too underequipped as standard, you can opt for the Premium package. This adds gesture control, a head-up display, and remote start for $1,250. Alternatively the Executive package adds everything from the Premium package, plus glass controls, Icon adaptive LED headlights with Laserlight, the Panoramic Sky Lounge LED roof, and manual rear window shades. This costs $3,550. These packages cost $1,000 and $3,300 respectively on the M50i, which already has remote start fitted as standard. Alternatively, you can spec a standalone option like M Sport brakes with red or blue calipers for $650 or the third-row seat plus air suspension for $2,300. In terms of aesthetics, you can black out chrome details on the exterior with the Extended Shadowline trim for $300. However, you will also have to add additional specs like the M Sport kit for $4,700 for a total cost of $5,000. On the M50i, which already features the M Sport kit, the cost is just $300.

πŸš—What BMW X5 Model Should I Buy?

Each of the X5 trims can have a case made for it, but we're partial towards the thirsty but fun and well-specced M50i model. Not only do you get a level of performance that can shock sports car owners, but you also gain desirable features like leather upholstery, bigger wheels, a sportier exterior appearance, heated and ventilated front seats, and quad-zone climate control. If you're not interested in performance and luxury features, we'd suggest the hybrid xDrive45e model. It's still a stunning vehicle and offers good acceleration and handling despite its weight. However, we would think about adding the $550 trailer hitch which is always practical, no matter how much you use it or don't.

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2022 BMW X5 Comparisons

Audi Q7 Audi
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
BMW X5335 hp21/26 mpg$59,400
Audi Q7 248 hp20/25 mpg$56,900
BMW X3 248 hp25/29 mpg$43,000

2022 BMW X5 vs Audi Q7

The Audi Q7 is arguably in its most handsome suit yet, but if you think those striking looks are directly related to performance, you'll be disappointed. The available turbocharged V6 engine produces 335 hp - matching what you get in the base X5. Unlike the X5, you can't have RWD on any trim. There also isn't a hybrid variant, although you do get a fairly efficient 2.0-liter turbo-four as standard. It's not as frugal as the base X5 despite less power, however, but our real issue lies with the forced-in third row that compromises cargo volume without offering comfortable seating space for adults. Still, the cabin is high-tech and beautifully finished as always, and those looking for a premium SUV without spending quite as much as the X5 asks for may be interested in this alternative.

See Audi Q7 Review

2022 BMW X5 vs BMW X3

The BMW X3 is the X5's little brother and despite its smaller size is a compelling alternative. That shorter wheelbase and body make the X3 easier to drive enthusiastically. As you'd expect, it's lighter on gas too, but with a cheaper vehicle comes fewer features. Adaptive LED headlights, 16-way front seats with heating, and lane departure warning are all missing from the list of standard equipment, but it's still an impressive little SUV with a power tailgate, tri-zone climate control, and a 12-speaker premium sound system. It also is available as an M40i variant that can do 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and provides a reasonable 28.7 cubic feet of volume. Overall, the X5 is still the better choice, but if you don't need quite so comprehensive a machine, the X3 is a great choice too.

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