2020 BMW X5

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$58,900 - $61,200
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2020 BMW X5 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: February 21, 2020
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While the crossover and SUV segment has come under the spotlight of the American Automotive industry, manufacturers are already busy stuffing this segment with the best of their arsenals in an attempt to plant firm feet here. Adhering to this ideology, the Bavarian manufacturer has brought along a plethora of options for the consumers with its "X"- badged lineup. While the BMW X3 might impart a smaller and conservative approach in terms of dimensions, the X7 goes slightly overboard with the same. Bridging this gap is BMW's one of the most-sold SUVs in the States - The BMW X5. 

A perfect "Ultimate Driving Machine" that can take you from point A to point B in the plushest setup possible. In case you want it to bring a smile on your face, just flat-foot the accelerator once and we promise you will. Apart from such nail-biting performance, the 2020 BMW X5 is also loaded with top-notch features up to the brim. Just to give you an insight, the X5 can now turn down the volume of the music with just a small gesture from your fingers! That's right! Intrigued? Let's move ahead then. 

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Punchy powertrain

A tempting harmony of luxury, power, and comfort

Plush cabin

Cargo space is praise-worthy

User friendly infotainment controls


No Android Auto

Third optional row is a formality

Not-so-huge on interior storage

Thick door sills hinder the ingress/egress factor

What's New?

Standard Keyless Entry


vehicle bio

base price



4dr SUV

passenger capacity


top speed

177 mph



engine type


183 cu.in.


335 hp @ 5500 rpm


330 lbs.-ft. @ 1500 rpm


8 speed automatic


frame type


suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)




117.1 in.


194.3 in.


78.9 in.


68.7 in.

curb weight

4758 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.


cargo volume

72.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

7200 lbs.

payload capacity

827 lbs.


zero to 60 mph

3.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

9.2 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

4.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

114 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

153 ft.

fuel economy


21/23/26 mpg

ev range

459.9 mi.

highway range

569.4 mi.


basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

Pictures & Videos

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Alpine White

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Engine And Performance


Fuel Economy










Trims and Configurations


 2020 BMW X5 40i


335 hp @ 5500 rpm
Premium unleaded (required)
23 combined

$58,900 - $61,200

Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
sDrive40i 4dr SUV (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $58,900 MSRP (21/23/26) 335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3L, Inline 6, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual rear wheel drive 5
xDrive40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $61,200 MSRP (20/22/26) 335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, Inline 6, premium unleaded (required)
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual all wheel drive 5

Expert Review


Overall Rating

The BMW X5 had already undergone a thorough update last year, which is why it has been carried over unchanged this year. Loaded with some best-in-class features and luxury inside, this Bavarian crossover is one of the most premium offerings in the market you can buy today. For the ones looking for a heart-throbbing performance along with all the bells and whistles, the year 2020 welcomes the BMW X5 in an all-new avatar badged as the M50i, but more on that later.

The conventional SUV marks the starting price at $58,900 for the rear-wheel-drive setup and goes north of this point as you move up the trim ladder. As we all know Bimmers need no introduction when it comes to performing on the tarmac, the X5 is no different.

However, apart from the performance factor, there are many other factors that define the essence of the car in the segment. So here's what we have in our hands to take on the Bavarian, the British twins - Land Rover Discovery and Jaguar F-Pace, and Honda's luxury offering - Acura MDX. Can this German all-rounder overpower the likes of these popular cars? There's only one way to find out! 

2020 BMW X5 SUV Front View
2020 BMW X5 SUV Rear View



Engine and Performance


Fuel Economy








2020 BMW X5 Features


BMW offers the 2020 X5 in two vibrant trims: sDrive40i and xDrive40i. There is only one notable change among the two, being, the xDrive40i has an All-Wheel-Drive setup whereas the sDrive40i comes with Rear-Wheel-Drive. Both trims of the X5 are powered by a 3.0L turbocharged inline six-pot which produces an impressive peak power of 335 horses and 335 lb-ft of peak torque. The power is transmitted to the wheels via an 8-speed Automatic Transmission.

Talking about equipment, there's not a lot of difference between the two trims apart from the drivetrain setup. Yes, a couple of features such as the Electronic Power steering assist and bit of chrome elements do make it stand apart, however, BMW hasn't differentiated between the two much. That said, the top-trim opens the compatibility to all the optional packages while the sDrive40i can only inculcate a limited number of them. 








3.0L Turbo I6

3.0L Turbo I6


Auto Start-Stop

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


Adaptive LED Headlamps


BMW provides a wide array of optional features that are bundled as packages and further build on top of the MSRP of the trim you pick. These include creature comfort packages as well as professional driving Assistance packages which encourage the purist in you to go hard on the tarmac.

Package Name



Driving Assistance Professional 

Luxury Seating







4-Zone Automatic Climate Control

All features in Premium included and:

Active Driving Assistant Pro

Multi-contour Seats


Enhanced USB and Bluetooth

Heated and Cooled Cup Holders

Extended Traffic Jam Assistant for limited Access Highways

Front Ventilated Seats


SiriusXM Radio with 1-Year Access

Parking Assistant Plus


Front Massaging Seats


Remote Engine Start

Rear Manual Side Window Shades


Gesture Control

Panoramic Sky Lounge LED Roof


Wireless Charging including WiFi Hotspot

Soft Close Automatic doors


Head-Up Display

Icon Adaptive LED Headlights with Laserlight 


Active Parking Distance Control


Surround-view with 3D View


Which trim should you opt for?

We would recommend you to go for the xDrive40i trim which lets you enjoy the full potential of the Bavarian SUV in an all-wheel-drive setup with added steering assist. Coupling it with the Executive package is a boon as it includes all the technological gizmos to help you drive this huge vehicle in comfort and with ease.

2020 BMW X5 Engine and Performance


Both the sDrive40i and xDrive40i are powered by a potent 3.0L turbocharged, inline-six motor which pumps out 335 hp of peak power and 330 lb-ft of peak torque. The power is put down via an 8-speed torque converter gearbox which helps the SUV gather momentum with ease.

The driving dynamics vastly differ among both because of the different drivetrain setups, but that doesn’t make them any less fun to drive. The powerful motors have power available on tap at any given situation and even manage to surprise you the moment you stomp the accelerator. We really liked the way how turbo-lag is contained as the BMW X5 plunges to triple-digit speeds immediately without any delay. Now that's performance all the way!


BMW X5 sDrive40i

Acura MDX SH-AWD w/Advance Package

Land Rover Discovery Landmark Edition

Jaguar F-PACE 30t R-Sport 







3.0L Turbo I6

3.5L V

3.0L Supercharged V6

2.0L Turbo I4


8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic


335 hp

@5500 rpm

290 hp

@6200 rpm

340 hp

@6500 rpm

296 hp

@5600 rpm


330 lb-ft

@1500 rpm

267 lb-ft

@ 4700 rpm

332 lb-ft

@3500 rpm

295 lb-ft

@1500 rpm

BMW X5 is the only one of the lot that has an inline-six setup. The rest of the contenders are powered by a V6 with the exception of the Jaguar F-PACE which is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged inline-four engine. Land Rover Discovery manages to surpass the X5 in terms of power output, all thanks to the supercharged powerhouse under its hood. However, before you make any judgments, let us tell you that these numbers lose their credibility as soon as the weight factor is taken into consideration.

How quick is the X5?

The 2020 BMW X5 whizzes past its competition with a very impressive 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds. It is remarkable as the Bimmer, being a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, emerges as one of the fastest SUVs in the segment. The competition, lagging behind, includes all-wheel drives as well! The xDrive40i (4WD X5) achieves the same feat in 5 seconds flat. Now that's pure power!

2020 X5 whizzes by its competition with a very impressive 0-60 time of 5.3 seconds

The precisely timed 8-Speed Automatic transmission with its close gear ratios help the X5 achieve this feat. The gears are so smooth and quick that you will have a hard time keeping a track of it. The all-weather tires further help in providing ample traction to move the Bimmer forward.


BMW X5 sDrive40i

Acura MDX SH-AWD w/Advance Package

Land Rover Discovery Landmark Edition

Jaguar F-PACE 30t R-Sport 

0-60 MPH

5.2 s


7.7 s

5.8 s

Quarter mile

13.7 s

14.5 s



Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)





We have an interesting turn of events here, as the one just behind the X5 is the Jaguar F-PACE which is powered by the smallest engine in the comparison. The V6 powered duo comes in after the champs with the supercharged Brit at last. Curb Weight has a very crucial role in this face-off which is why the Land Rover Discovery comes out a bit shy in this aspect.

How well does the Bimmer handle?

Don't let the sheet size fool you into thinking that the X5 is sluggish. It will happily prove you wrong in the first corner. The ride is much more refined than its predecessor and the steering feels much more lively now, which makes the BMW X5 a steady handler. The various driving modes help give the SUV multiple personalities, each of which is fine-tuned for different terrains. These include ECO, PRO, Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus. The last one is kind of scary!

2020 BMW X5 SUV Side View

The adaptive dampers do an impressive job of making the X5 feel less of an SUV and more of a sporty sedan. The major highlight of the X5 is the way it tackles all the corners by minimizing the body roll up to a considerable extent. The safety systems of the X5 kick in and maintain a good harmony among themselves in balancing outright performance with top-notch ride quality. All in all, BMWs are pretty fun-to-drive and engaging vehicles, and the X5 is no less.

How good is the X5's braking?

BMW has extensively worked on the braking front to give you some extra bite by tweaking the brake pads. It now dissipates heat more efficiently that accounts for a stronger bite. This gives way for improvements for the already impressive braking performance that the X5 sDrive40i provides.

Despite the bulk, X5 has very less nose dive and at times you won’t even notice it. The added benefits of emergency braking help make the most of your Bimmer. The 2020 X5 also gets BMW’s integrated brake-by-wire system which is a crucial part of self-driving systems.


BMW X5 sDrive40i

Acura MDX SH-AWD w/Advance Package

Land Rover Discovery Landmark Edition

Jaguar F-PACE 30t R-Sport 

Brake Front (in.)





Brake Rear (in.)





60-0 MPH (ft)





2020 BMW xDrive40i has the largest brakes of the lot which helps it in providing more stopping power, thanks to more surface for friction. However, that is only half the part as curb weight plays a very important part in braking performance. The F-PACE has the edge here, being the lightest of the lot, it ought to stop more promptly.

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2020 BMW X5 Fuel Economy


The efficient 8-Speed Automatic transmission in the BMW X5 plays a very important role in providing impressive numbers. The precise gear timing and quick upshifts, not just enhance X5's performance front, but also helps it to reduce fuel consumption. To top that, the Comfort mode ensures to squeeze every last drop of a gallon to churn out maximum efficiency numbers. The same cannot be said for the Sports and Sports Plus mode, for obvious reasons.

The inline-six motor in the X5 is as efficient as many four-cylinder equipped rivals. This is because of the use of lighter components and less friction in the engine - a pretty impressive feat from BMW for pulling this off.


BMW X5 sDrive40i

Acura MDX SH-AWD w/Advance Package

Land Rover Discovery Landmark Edition

Jaguar F-PACE 30t R-Sport 

MPG (city)





MPG (highway)





MPG (combined)





Fuel Tank Capacity (Gal.)











The X5 just slightly lags behind the F-Pace which gives impressive combined efficiency of 24 MPG. The Land Rover Discovery, due to its bigger engine and supercharger, suffers on the efficiency front. The Bavarian, being the heaviest of the lot, still manages to surpass most of its rivals. 

2020 BMW X5 Interior


2020 X5 sDrive40i is filled up to the gills with luxury, comfort and top-notch quality fitments. Cabin space is lavish for adults with the first and second rows making you feel content with comfort. The third optional row, on the other hand, seems more like a formality. It is at best meant for children. It is pretty smart of BMW to make it optional, otherwise, it would have just been a waste of quality space. Moreover, even if you opt for the third row, it comes with the folding options too. So, it's not like the third row will eat up the practicality counterpart of the 2020 BMW X5.

The materials used in X5 run unanimously throughout the BMW family and are of the highest caliber. No complaints here at all. The driver gets a power-adjustable seat including the lumbar and bolsters adjustments as well. The memory feature will help you keep the perfect seating position at the click of a button. A double-panel moonroof makes stargazing mesmerizing. Customizable ambient lighting can change your mood.

2020 BMW X5 SUV Dashboard

The X5 also has a list of optional luxury features which makes it feel like a high-end luxury SUV. That said, these options also demand a much higher premium. If that is not a concern for you then you can enjoy features like massaging seats, remote start, soft close doors, and a heated steering wheel, and this list just goes on!


BMW X5 sDrive40i

Acura MDX SH-AWD w/Advance Package

Land Rover Discovery Landmark Edition

Jaguar F-PACE 30t R-Sport 

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)





Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)





Acura MDX and Land Rover Discovery have three standard rows of seats. The Jag and Bimmer have two very spacious rows that are ample in space as well. The former, however, suffers in the headroom front due to its slanting roofline. BMW, on the other hand, was smart to make a tall body design that doesn’t look bad and can house people with ample headroom.

What are the Infotainment features available?

BMW’s iDrive system is one of the most intuitive and easy to use infotainment among any automakers. The interface is as simple as it gets and you will get used to all of its features in no time. Unlike Mercedes-Benz, it doesn’t frustrate you with clustered UI or a singular input point.

2020 BMW X5 SUV 12.3-inch Infotainment Screen.

Gesture controls can be used to control the system but are less intuitive than the good old touchscreen systems. We really liked the gesture volume control feature of this infotainment system that requires you to just swing one of your fingers around in a clockwise manner to turn the music up. Fancy, and smart! A rotary knob can also be used to control the infotainment system.

Unfortunately, BMW has still not added Android Auto Capability which is a disappointment. Apple CarPlay is available but requires an annual subscription. Although it is free for the first six months. Harsh sunlight will not hamper the visibility of the interface as well.

Infotainment Features

BMW's iDrive system packs a ton of features to keep the occupants busy and surrounded by loads of interactive things to do. Some of the key highlights of the BMW X5's infotainment system are:

  • 12.3-inch Infotainment Screen
  • HiFi Sound System with 10 Speakers and 205-watt digital Amplifier
  • HD Radio with “multicast” FM Station Reception
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio Compatible
  • Am/FM Stereo with Radio Data System (RDS)
  • Apple CarPlay Compatible
  • Enhanced Smartphone Connectivity

Who much cargo can the bimmer take?

The X5 offers generous cargo space. There are additional hooks and storage space for small items that can fly about in the huge space. Even with the optional third seat, X5 returned a decent 11 cubic feet with all the rows upright. 

The 40-20-40 second split row can fold down flat to provide 66 cu-ft of cargo space

The 40-20-40 second split row can fold down flat to provide a whopping 66.0 cu-ft of cargo space. Well, we couldn’t decide on what to do with this much space! Further accentuating the convenience counterpart, all the rows can be electrically folded down with just a slight nudge on the button. The same goes for the power-operated tailgate that eases out the convenience factor to quite an extent.


BMW X5 sDrive40i

Acura MDX SH-AWD w/Advance Package

Land Rover Discovery Landmark Edition

Jaguar F-PACE 30t R-Sport 

Cargo Volume (cu.-ft)


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

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


The Land Rover Discovery would have been the pack leader in cargo space, provided it was always there! The intervening third row takes away practicality. The same is the case with Acura MDX. The F-PACE impressed us with just a marginal difference from the X5. It is bold of Jaguar F-Pace to have extracted 33.5 cubic feet of cargo space from a rather unconventional SUV design.

Interior Features

The BMW X5, just like any other car in the segment, has a few tricks up the sleeve that sets it apart from the segment. Some of such features that not just add to the aesthetics but to the practicality counterpart as well are:

  • Advanced Vehicle and Key Memory 
  • Engine Start/Stop Button
  • 16-Way power front sport seats
  • 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control
  • Power Adjusting Steering Column
  • 3-Stage Heated Front Seats

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2020 BMW X5 Exterior


BMW has carved the X5 to be muscular and flaunt those lines in a manner befitting the character of the SUV, perfectly. The iconic kidney grille, which is now unified, gives it a fresh look but retains its Bavarian characterstics.

2020 BMW X5 sDrive40i Side View

2020 X5 sDrive40i with its chiseled lines and curved shoulder will surely attract attention on the road. The 19-inch alloys perfectly complement the dimensions. BMW also gives you the option to upgrade to 22-inch wheels as well. The short overhangs help in making the car look compact and also in maneuverability. The front and rear bumpers house aerodynamic design elements along with the impressive aero curtain in the kidney grille. This helps reduce the drag coefficient drastically and make the 2020 X5 an aerodynamic machine.

Hidden flaps behind the kidney grille open up when the gush of air increases. This also helps keep the engine cool during long runs.


BMW X5 sDrive40i

Acura MDX SH-AWD w/Advance Package

Land Rover Discovery Landmark Edition

Jaguar F-PACE 30t R-Sport 

Length (in)





Width (in)





Height (in)





Ground clearance (in)





Wheelbase (in)





Track width (in) F/R





Curb weight (lbs)





Dimensionally, Acura MDX is the longest followed by the Land Rover Discovery. These two have an unwanted extra 3rd row which induces the extra length. They should have made the 3rd row optional which would have given a much better competition. Bimmer has the longest wheelbase despite being shorter in length. This is because of the short and functional overhangs.

Exterior Features

The 2020 BMW X5 has been given a few striking brushstrokes that set it apart from the rest of the segment. There's a reason why you can tell a BMW apart from the crowd. A few key elements on the outside of the 2020 BMW X5 are:

  • One-Piece Kidney Grille
  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Power Folding Heated side mirrors
  • Rear spoiler with center brake light
  • Roof Rails
  • Aero active body components
  • BMW Welcome lights

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2020 BMW X5 Safety


Safety has never taken a back seat in the X5. BMW has bundled in all of the life-saving gizmos into the X5 and much more. Automated emergency braking comes in as standard as well. Many impressive features, like semi-autonomous driving mode, are offered as options. 

That said, the stand-out features bundled into the 2020 BMW X5 are listed below.

Safety Features

  • 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
  • Front and Rear Parking Distance Control
  • Front Safety Belts with automatic Pre-tensioners

2020 BMW X5 Competition

BMW X5 vs Acura MDX

MDX is the luxury SUV offering from Acura which provides a very interesting package for a rather subtle price. For $ 58,150, you are treated to a V6 motor and an All-Wheel-Drive System. There are many active driver assistance features available as standard. The MDX's cabin is quiet and offers a very pleasant ride. The German, on the other hand, provides the far end of this spectrum at a premium of just $750. The build quality is exceptional with top-notch material laden on the inside. An array of safety and driver-assist features with a lot of tempting add-on packages make the BMW X5 a very sweet deal. We would choose the X5 over MDX on the driving dynamics alone.

2020 Acura MDX SUV

BMW X5 vs Land Rover Discovery

Land Rover has built an elephant of a car with the DIscovery. The unwanted 3rd row just takes away from its practicality. The Discovery's interior is posh and the materials used are way up there in the big leagues. However, being the elephant also makes it a very sluggish car and as a result, this mammoth handles like a sloth. The infotainment system is glitchy and slow which makes the whole experience cumbersome. The Bimmer excels on all grounds and delivers a more polished experience which is what you expect from a car of this caliber.

2020 Land Rover Discovery

 BMW X5 vs Jaguar F-PACE

The F-PACE is a different breed in itself. It is much more sporty and looks the part as well. It manages to chuck out similar figures from an inline-four which is commendable. It weighs less and so driving it is fun and confidence-inspiring. However, it seems as if Jaguar focused too much on the performance front and the F-Pace's interior design suffers. The usage of materials is not at par with the competition and road noise creeps in. You don’t want that from a car at $59,500. So we would happily choose the cheaper and better BMW X5 over Jaguar F-PACE.

2020 Jaguar F-PACE

2020 BMW X5 Final Verdict

BMW has once again managed to deliver a complete package with the X5. It is a compilation of performance, luxury, comfort, and technology. The Bavarian manufacturer has managed to put in just the right amount of these qualities to make the X5 a well-balanced SUV. 

The number of features and exceptional quality of materials it provides makes it a very sweet deal. BMW has not compromised on the driving front as well. It is our wholehearted choice of the lot and it will put a wide grin on your face just like it did for us.

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