2021 BMW X5

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2021 BMW X5 Review: Raising the Luxury SUV Bar

Crossover SUVs are the most popular vehicles in the USA right now, with Americans expressing plenty of admiration for their commanding comportments on the road, elevated ride heights, and all-round versatility. The 2021 BMW X5, a premium midsize SUV, brings its own unique qualities to the classification such as fun and proficient drive dynamics and a luxurious interior, along with those intrinsic perks. BMW presents the X5 SUV with two phenomenal gasoline powertrains: a strapping 3.0-liter turbo-6 with 335 horsepower and a ferocious 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 523 hp. The X5 SUV is ideal for the BMW-performance enthusiast and the regular daily commuter; its cabin is luxurious, commodious, and brimming with modern creature comforts and conveniences. Rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, Audi Q7, and even the Lincoln Aviator are compelling alternatives, but the X5 SUV is spellbinding in its own right.

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2021 BMW X5 Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2020 X5?

For 2021, the new BMW X5 sees the model lineup altered slightly with the xDrive50i model being dropped and the addition of the plug-in hybrid xDrive45e, while the 40i models are also bolstered by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. All new models also get SiriusXM satellite radio with 360L as standard for the 2021 model year, while the M50i model gets ventilated front seats and remote start over that. Numerous other small changes have been made to the optional packages and standalone features.

Pros and Cons

  • Two tasty powertrain options
  • Competitively quick M50i model
  • Brimming with standard features
  • Stunning and well-built interior
  • Spacious cabin and cargo space
  • High safety rating
  • Base asking price is relatively high
  • Advanced driver assists cost extra
  • Steering feedback could be better
  • Mediocre fuel economy returns

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2021 BMW X5 Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
sDrive40i
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$59,400
xDrive40i
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$61,700
xDrive45e Plug-In Hybrid
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Hybrid
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$65,400
M50i
4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$82,800

X5 Exterior

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Dimensions

  • 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

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

X5 Performance

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Engine and Transmission

Humming beneath the hoods of the sDrive40i and xDrive40i is a 335-hp, 331-lb-ft 3.0-liter turbo 6-cylinder engine that's been augmented with a 48-volt mild-hybrid electric system. Power is sent through an 8-speed automatic transmission to the sDrive40i's rear-wheel drivetrain and to the xDrive40i's 4MATIC all-wheel drivetrain. Thundering under the hood of the performance-focused M50i is a far more ferocious 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that's been dialed to muster up to 389 hp and 443 lb-ft. Max towing capacity is rated at 7,200 lbs when the sport-utility vehicle is properly equipped.

  • 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

X5 Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    21.9 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 21/26 mpg
* 2021 BMW X5 sDrive40i RWD

X5 Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

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

X5 Trunk and Cargo Space

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X5 Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • 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

US NHTSA crash test result

  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 BMW X5 a good SUV?

BMW caters to everyone with the 2021 X5 SUV, offering a genuinely impressive entry-spec trim that boasts fine performance dynamics whether guise in rear- or all-wheel drive. For the Bimmer devotees or just thrill seekers, there's the M50i; push the pedal to the metal and the high-performance X5 will launch from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds, all the while handling corners like a Hot Wheels car fixed to its track. Every model boasts an opulent and meticulously well-built interior that is comfortable, spacious, and crammed with desirable features and tech, including one of the best infotainment systems in the business. A near-perfect crashworthiness/safety review of the 2021 BMW X5 is also met with exceptional reliability expectations, which inspires confidence whether you're going to be driving enthusiastically or just transporting people. There's a lot the 2021 BMW X5 SUV offers at its price, which at $59,400, is certainly value-packed.

🚗What BMW X5 Model Should I Buy?

There are essentially three versions of the fourth-generation BMW X5 SUV: the sDrive 40i is the entry-spec RWD version, the xDrive 40i is the entry-spec AWD version, and the M40i is the performance-focused version. It doesn't matter which you go for, as all are phenomenal 5-door vehicles, but the M50i is the most compelling with its sportier exterior impression and big wheels, leather cabin upholstery, and oodles of desirable features. Front occupants are spoiled with seat heating and ventilation, there's quad-zone automatic climate control, Wi-Fi hotspot connectivity, and a wireless charging pad, too.

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