2021 BMW X5

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Updated on: February 20, 2021

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The BMW X5 received a major refresh in the year 2019, which marked the 4th generation. It continues forth in the 2021 BMW X5  comes at a starting price of $59,400 and goes up to $61,700. This year, the 2021 X5 will be put on sale with two variants, the sDrive40i, and xDrive40i. 

The 2021 BMW X5 gets a 3.0L Turbocharged Inline 6 cylinder engine and is a direct competitor to the likes of Acura MDX and Land Rover Discovery. BMW also offers notable financing options upto 1.9% APR and a credit of up to $2,500. You can also lease a 2021 BMW X5 for just $675/ month with $4,999 due at signing.

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Pros

Offers Rear Wheel Drive variant

Fun to drive

Easy to Maintain

Cons

Does not offer third row of seating like some of its rivals

Suspension setup is a bit stiff

What's New?

The 2021 BMW X5 is a carry forward version of the 2020 iteration.


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$59400

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

top speed

155 mph

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

183

horsepower

335 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

331 lb-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8-speed Automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

117.1 in.

length

194.3 in.

width

78.9 in.

height

68.7 in.

curb weight

3358 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

12.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

72.3 cu ft.

maximum towing capacity

7200

payload

827

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.2 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/23/26 mpg

highway range

569.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 BMW X5 40i

40i

power
335 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
22 combined

$59,400 - $61,700

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Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
sDrive40i 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $59,400 MSRP (21/23/26) 335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3L, Inline 6, Premium unleaded (required)
8-speed Automatic rear wheel drive 5
xDrive40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $61,700 MSRP (21/22/26) 335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3L, Inline 6, Premium unleaded
8-speed Automatic all wheel drive 5
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Colors and Styles

2021 BMW X5 in Alpine White color 2021 BMW X5 in Ametrin Metallic color 2021 BMW X5 in Carbon Black Metallic color 2021 BMW X5 in Mineral White Metallic color 2021 BMW X5 in Phytonic Blue Metallic color 2021 BMW X5 in Black Sapphire Metallic color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

9.8

Engine And Performance

8.5

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

8.1

Exterior

9.4

Safety

9.0

Competition

9.6

8.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.9

Overall Rating


a mid-size luxury SUV is at its best when it so effortlessly blends on-road driving satisfaction with modern technology and a posh cabin—and the 2021 BMW X5 does just that. -CarAndDriver

This year, BMW has shed one of the top-spec trim available in the 2020 model named xDrive50i that churned out 456 hp via a 4.4-liter V6 engine which is now replaced by the plug-in hybrid X5 xDrive45e. Now, the 2021 BMW X5 comes with a choice of two variants - sDrive40i / xDrive40i both powered by a 3.0L Inline 6 Cylinder turbocharged engine, that propels 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque.

It now comes with Power-adjustable front seats with memory for the driver, a power-adjustable steering column, heated front seats, panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, customizable ambient lighting, and a host of other features too as standard. Being a Bimmer, it is also a driving-oriented vehicle, that focuses more on performance and handling. The X5 is a direct rival to the likes of Acura MDX and the Land Rover Discovery.


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9.8/10
Pricing and Features

8.5/10
Engine and Performance

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

8.1/10
Interior

9.4/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

9.6/10
Competition


2021 BMW X5 Pricing and Features

9.8/10

While not as athletic as the Porsche Cayenne, the BMW X5 still provides an excellent blend of luxury, practicality, and driving satisfaction - Caranddriver.com

The BMW X5 is offered in two different trim levels: sDrive40i and the xDrive40i. The sDrive40i is the base trim level and is offered with a rear-wheel-drive configuration as standard. As standard, the X5 is offered with loads of features and as you go up the line, the treats keep on getting better and better.

The BMW X5 sDrive40i has a starting price of $59,400 and the XDrive40i is priced at $61,700. The ‘sDrive40i’ has a starting price of $59,400 and is only offered with a rear-wheel-drive and it gets features like Apple CarPlay as standard. 

Trims

sDrive40i

xDrive40i

MSRP (RWD)

$59,400

N/A

MSRP (AWD)

N/A

$61,700

Key Features

Auto Start-Stop

Adds/Upgrades to sDrive40i

 

Adaptive LED Headlamps

All the Features in sDrive40i trim added and:

 

Four Distinctive Driving modes

Servotronic Power Steering Assist

 

Dynamic Damper Control

xDrive All-Wheel Drive System

 

Remote Software Upgrade

 
 

Power Adjustable Steering Column

 
 

Power Tailgate

 
 

3-stage heated front seats

 

The ‘xDrive40i’ has a starting price of $61,700 and is offered with an all-wheel-drive configuration as standard. Moreover, it also gets some driver aids like Servotronic Power Steering Assist and 4 different driving modes.


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2021 BMW X5 Buying Advice

The BMW X5 is a big, spacious and practical vehicle. It is comfortable on long hauls and manageable in the city traffic. The beemer also is one reliable piece of machinery and is comparatively easy to maintain.We recommend the BMW X5 xDrive40i is a perfect choice.

You get the efficient 3.0L Inline 6 Cylinder engine under the hood and the xDrive all-wheel-drive setup, which gives the X5 a utilitarian edge. Moreover, it comes as standard with all the luxurious and modern features like Apple CarPlay. BMW also offers different additional packages with the X5, that for an additional cost, can add much more value to the package.


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2021 BMW X5 Engine and Performance

8.5/10

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 - Carbuzz.com

The 2021 BMW X5, just like the 2020 model year, gets the same engine option, i.e. a 3.0L Inline 6 Cylinder engine, which is turbocharged and powers the sDrive40i and xDrive40i variants. The power can be sent either to the rear two wheels or all 4 wheels depending on the configuration you opt for. The 3.0L Turbocharged Inline 6 engine, pumps out 335 hp at 5,500 rpm. The X5 as standard is offered with an 8-Speed Automatic Transmission and offers 330 lb-ft of torque. 

2021 BMW X5 Engine

The 2021 BMW X5 is a direct rival to the Land Rover Discovery and Acura MDX. The Land Rover Discovery gets a supercharged V6 engine and outperforms the others in terms of power output. The Discovery is offered with an All-Wheel-Drive configuration as standard and has a power output of 340 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. 

Modes

2021 BMW X5

2021 Acura MDX

2021 Land Rover Discovery

MSRP

$59,400

$58,650

$58,500

Engine

3.0L Turbocharged Inline-6

3.5L NA V6

3.0L Supercharged V6

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

335 hp @ 5,500 RPM

290 hp @ 6,200 RPM

335 hp@ 6,500 RPM

Torque

330 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

267 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

332 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM

0-60 MPH (secs)

5.2 

6.3

7.7 

Quarter Mile (secs)

13.7 

14.5 

N/A

Top Speed (MPH)

155

155 145

The 2021 BMW X5 can achieve a 60 MPH mark from a standstill in a mere 5.2 seconds. The top speed of the 2021 BMW X5 is limited to 155 MPH. The X5 gets an 8-Speed automatic transmission. The gear shifts are quick and precise and the power ratios are more evenly divided across the line. The X5 also gets 15” disc brake rotors in the front and 14.8” rotors in the rear, which make the braking capabilities of the X5 up to the mark.


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2021 BMW X5 Fuel Economy

7.1/10

In more casual driving, the X5 is easy to drive, and its eight-speed transmission makes smooth and quick gearshifts - Edmunds.com

Being a heavyweight SUV, the BMW X5 does a fairly good job in terms of fuel efficiency. The 2021 BMW X5 is expected to do about 23 MPG in combined driving conditions. The X5 is capable of doing 21 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway. With a fuel capacity of 21.9 gallons, the X5 also gets a minimum of 460 miles of range between fuel stops.

2021 BMW X5 

In comparison, the Bimmer gets the most frugal engine of the lot with a combined mileage of 23 MPG. The Land Rover gets the least efficient engine of them all with a combined consumption of 18 MPG. To make up for the efficiency, the Land Rover gets the biggest appetite of 23.5 gallons. The Discovery gives an estimated range of 494 miles on the highways. 

Model

2021 BMW X5

2021 Acura MDX

2021 Land Rover Discovery

MPG (City)

21

20

16

MPG (Highway)

26

27

21

MPG (Combined)

23

23

18

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21.9

19.5

23.8

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

460/569/503

390/527/448

376/494/423

What's surprising is that the X5's six-cylinder engine is almost as frugal as its counterparts' four-cylinder powerplants. In fact, in real-world tests, the 40i model outperformed its highway rating with a 28 mpg result; and the M50i recorded 20 mpg which is exceptional for a V8.


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2021 BMW X5 Interior

8.1/10

The X5 has a technologically advanced interior, but the mass of buttons on the center console and the fiddly climate controls are difficult to learn. -Edmunds.com

Quality has not been an issue with BMW. The 2021 BMW X5 provides a luxurious cabin, with ample spaces for the occupants. The moment you step inside the X5, you are greeted with an array of technology and superior quality of materials all around. The 2021 BMW X5 gets a 12.3” infotainment screen, which works in tandem with a 16-speaker Harman Kardon 464-watt amplifier. You also get a 1-year all-access subscription for SiriusXM satellite radio and Apple CarPlay. The X5 also features Anti Theft AM/FM stereo with Radio Data System. 

2021 BMW X5 SUV cockpit area

As standard, the 2021 BMW X5 will be offered with a plethora of modern features like Apple CarPlay, heated and ventilated seats, and many more. As you go up in the line-up, luxurious features like Vernasca Leather upholstery. You also get a double panel moonroof and customizable ambient lighting. 

Model

2021 BMW X5

2021 Acura MDX

2021 Land Rover Discovery

Seating Capacity

5

6

7

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.7/60.0/39.4

38.1/61.1/41.4

39.4/60.4/42.4

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.7/58.1/37.4

38.8/59.1/38.5

39.0/59.5/37.6

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

33.9

38.4 (behind 2nd row)/15.0(behind 3rd row)

41.2 (behind 2nd row)/10.1(behind 3rd row)

Although the X5 has a seating capacity of 5 people as compared to 6 in Acura MDX and 7 in Land Rover Discovery. It still provides a decent 39.4” of legroom for the front row occupants and 37.4” for the rear seat occupants. Along with decent space, the X5 can also carry 33.9 ft3 of cargo along. 


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2021 BMW X5 Exterior

9.4/10

After over two decades on the market, the X5 is in its best form yet. The BMW adeptly combines sporty capability with luxurious composure, giving it broad appeal.  -MotorTrend

The 2021 BMW X5 is the part of the 4th generation that received a major overhaul for the 2019 model year. The X5 gets swooped body lines, which enhance the performance factor of the car, along with some more sporty touches like a rear spoiler and 19” alloy wheels which give the X5 a mean character. 

2021 BMW X5 Side View

The 2021 BMW X5 also retains the same dimensions as the 2020 variant and it looks compact, yet gets a great road presence. The X5 gets a 117.1” wheelbase, which is the maximum in the segment and enhances the interior spacing of the X5. The new X5 also flaunts the big signature kidney grille of the BMW. 

Model

2021 BMW X5

2021 Acura MDX

2021 Land Rover Discovery

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4758

4032

4751

Length (in.)

194.3

196.2

195.7

Width (in.)

78.9

77.7

81.6

Height (in.)

68.7

67.4

73.0

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.7

7.3

8.0

Wheelbase (in.)

117.1

111.0

115.0

In comparison, the X5 weighs the maximum. Moreover, it gets the longest wheelbase, which in turn enhances the balance of the X5. The Land Rover however has a maximum length of 195.7” although the X5 is still the widest of them all. The Acura MDX is the most compact dimensionally and lacks the road presence of the Bimmer. 


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2021 BMW X5 Safety

9.0/10

The NHTSA blemishes the X5’s otherwise excellent safety record - Thecarconnection.com

The 4th generation of X5 received a 5-star rating and Top Safety Pick + from IIHS. Along with all the structural integrity, the X5 also comes loaded with a plethora of safety equipment as standard. But NHTSA has dulled down on the ratings for 2021 to 4-Star, which is weird as the SUV is essentially unchanged for 2021.

2021 BMW X5 SUV

Some of the noteworthy safety features of the 2021 BMW X5 are ​​​Driver and Passenger Front Airbags with dual-stage deployment, Front and Rear Head Protection System(HPS) with side-impact airbags, Automatic Locking Retractors(ALR) on all passenger-seat safety belts, Rear-view Camera, Adaptive LED Headlights and Brakelights, Active Driving Assistant, BMW Assist eCall


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2021 BMW X5 Competition

9.6/10

2021 BMW X5 Vs 2021 Acura MDX

The Acura MDX is a worthy competitor to the BMW X5. They are offered in the same price segment and come with loads of features as standard. The MDX is offered with a 3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6 engine as compared to the 3.0L Inline 6 cylinder turbocharged engine. However, the Beemer feels more performance-oriented and technologically sound than the MDX. 

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2021 BMW X5 Vs 2021 Land Rover Discovery

The Land Rover Discovery feels more rugged and in all cases a better choice when you want to take things off the road. The Discovery gets a 3.0L Supercharged V6 engine and more gadgets to play with, while on the move. The Beemer feels more civilized than the Discovery and comes out as a better daily driver than the Discovery.

2020 Land Rover Discovery

 

2021 BMW X5 Final Verdict

The engineers of BMW really know about their stuff. The 2021 BMW X5 is a technically sound car that is practical to use as a daily driver and feels comfortable on the long haul. It is powered by a 3.0L Turbocharged I-6 engine and packs enough grunt. Moreover, it can carry 5 adults comfortably and also gets enough cargo space. The 2021 BMW X5 has a starting price of $59,380 and is already on sale. 

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2021 BMW X5 FAQs

How much will it cost to lease a 2021 BMW X5?

The 2021 BMW X5 can be leased from as low as $675/ month along with a downpayment of $3,375. A signing bonus of $4,999 is applicable as well.

What is the Price of the 2021 BMW X5?

The 2021 BMW X5 starts with an MSRP of $59,400 and is offered in a single fully-fledged trim.

How quick is the 2021 BMW X5 from 0-60 mph?

The 2021 BMW X5 does 0-60 mph in a swift 5.2 seconds in its RWD configuration. It barely changes for the AWD format, either way of which is insanely cool for a mid-sized SUV.

Does the 2021 BMW X5 come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay?

Yes, the 2021 BMW X5 comes standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Does the 2021 BMW X5 have Adaptive Cruise Control?

Yes, the 2021 BMW X5 can be equipped with the Driving Assistance Professional package that costs an additional $1,700.

Car Rating

9.3

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9.5/10 Safety
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2021 BMW X5 Overall Reviews


JG

Jason Gordon

2021 BMW X5

xDrive40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: January 7, 2021

Light footed family hauler

Pros - Tarfuto seats, how easy it is to drive this bmw, bmw teleservice

Cons - 21'' wheels have been taking a toll on the ride quality

2021 bmw is agile and light footed family hauler.

9/10
Features
9/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
9/10
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BJ

Brian J. Jones

2020 BMW X5

sDrive40i 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: February 9, 2021

Famous and luxurious SUV.

Pros - Top level horsepower, apple car play, & solid braking system.

Cons - Back row seat is a bit cramped

The engine produces top level horsepower effortlessly.

9/10
Features
7/10
Interior
8/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
10/10
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JT

Juan P. Thompson

2020 BMW X5

xDrive40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

10

User Overall Rating

Posted On: February 9, 2021

Positive vibes.

Pros - Turbo engine, touch screen, and decent interior space.

Cons - No downside.

My BMW? quick and very responsive on the road.

10/10
Features
10/10
Interior
10/10
Design
10/10
Safety
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Deal Value
8/10
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Top User Reviews

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Light footed family hauler

2021 bmw is agile and light footed family hauler.

by Jason Gordon

9

User Overall Rating

Famous and luxurious SUV.

The engine produces top level horsepower effortlessly.

by Brian J. Jones

10

User Overall Rating

Positive vibes.

My BMW? quick and very responsive on the road.

by Juan P. Thompson

9

User Overall Rating

Powerful, quiet, and comfortable

The driving dynamics are off the chart. I now understand why BMW calls itself “The ultimate driving machine”. The power is plenty, power delivery is linear and smooth. Handled better than I expected, better than it should. For an SUV it is very nimble in its handling. It doesn’t feel like you are driving a big vehicle. Greta driving experience

by Charles L. Stone

10

User Overall Rating

BMW X5 is the best SAV.

BMW deserves respect for making this 2020 version of X5 incredibly smart. The comfort and convenience offered by this vehicle is on another level. The X5 drives exactly how a BMW vehicle is supposed to drive i.e, Out of this world. The handling is so smooth and the M suspension leaves you admiring this SAV.

by Justin S. Garza

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