2021 BMW X5

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Updated on: April 23, 2021

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The 2021 BMW X5 is essentially a carryover model with a few minor changes. The most prominent change that comes to the 2021 X5 is that 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. Furthermore, the 2021 BMW X5 finally gets Android Auto as a standard feature, along with several other minor feature changes. 

The 2021 BMW X5 can be availed in 2 variants: sDrive40i and xDrive 40i. The prices for the 2021 BMW X5 start from $59,400 for the base sDrive40i variant and ranges up to $61,700 for the AWD xDrive40i variant. This is excluding the destination fee of $995 which the X5 invites. For leasing, consider the 2021 BMW X5 to cost you around $739 per month, for 36 months, with $4999 due at signing. This is for the base X5 sDrive40i model. 

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Pros

Enchanting performance

Uber luxurious cabin

Spacious cargo area

Intuitve infotainment interface

Highly fuel efficient as compared to other rivals

Cons

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

Suspension setup is a bit stiff

What's New?

The previously available xDrive50i trim has been discontinued

Android Auto and several other new standard features


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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 cu.in.

horsepower

335 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

331 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

transmission

8-speed Automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

122.5 in.

length

212 in.

width

78.9 in.

height

73.6 in.

curb weight

4758 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

12.4 cu ft.

cargo volume

72.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

7200 lbs.

payload capacity

827 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.3 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.7 sec.

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

40i $59,400 onwards

335 hp @ 5500 rpm | 3L | Inline 6 | Premium unleaded (required)

  • 19" Silver Aluminum Wheels
  • 1st and 2nd row regular express open/close sliding and tilting glass Sunroof
  • 2 - 1st Row LCD Monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • Anthracite Headliner
  • Automatic High Beam Assist
  • Driver and Front Passenger Heated-Cushion, Seatback
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Dynamic Stability Control & Traction Control
  • Eco Driving Style Assistant
  • Electric Power Steering
  • Electric Rear Window Defogger
  • Expanded Check Control Vehicle Monitor System
  • HD Radio w/"Multicast" Fm Station Reception
  • High-Gloss Black Aero Blades
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote Keyless Entry
  • Park Distance Control Parking Assist
  • Power-Folding & Heated Side Mirrors
  • Privacy Glass
  • Programmable LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Rain Sensing Windshield Wipers
  • SensaTec Leatherette Seat trim
  • SiriusXM with 360L AM/FM/HD/Satellite, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Steering Wheel-Mounted Paddle Shifters
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Colors and Styles

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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." - Car And Driver

The 2021 BMW X5 is powered by a 3.0L turbocharged inline-6 engine that cranks out 335 hp and a peak torque of 330 lb-ft. The engine is mated to a slick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. Just like every other Bimmer, the X5 too is an absolute delight to drive, and exhibits supreme acceleration, going from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds. While the driver is spell-casted, the 2021 BMW X5's interior extends this courtesy to all the occupants, enveloping them in the utmost luxury. 

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 brute- Land Rover Discovery. Honda's luxury offering - the Acura MDX, and of course, the German Chariot - Audi Q7. So, can the BMW X5 overpower the likes of these popular cars? There's only one way to find out! 


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

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.

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 SUV Rear View

2021 BMW X5 Buying Advice

The 2021 BMW X5 is offered as a standalone variant. Though the nameplate gets several other monikers such as the X5 M, the X5 M50i, and the X5 PHEV, but the standard X5 does not really offer you any choice. The only decision you can make is wether to go for the RWD S40i, or the AWD xDrive40i, where we recommend you go for the latter as it offers better performance and off-roading confidence. 

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 a 3.0L turbocharged inline-6 engine that's good for 335 hp and a peak torque of 330 lb. ft. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that routes all the grunt to the rear wheels, or to all the wheels if you go for the optional xDrive AWD drivetrain. 

The powerful motor has power available on tap at any given situation and even manages to surprise you the moment you stomp the accelerator. The turbo-lag is well contained and the BMW X5 plunges to triple-digit speeds immediately without any delay. Furthermore, the 8-speed automatic transmission executes quick, precise, and seamless gear shifts. 

Modes

2021 BMW X5

2021 Acura MDX

2021 Land Rover Discovery

2021 Audi Q7

MSRP

$59,400

$58,650

$58,500

$57,200

Engine

3.0L Turbocharged Inline-6

3.5L NA V6

3.0L Supercharged V6

3.0L Turbocharged V6,

Drivetrain

RWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

335 hp @ 5,500 RPM

290 hp @ 6,200 RPM

335 hp @ 6,500 RPM

335 hp @ 5,000 RPM

Torque

330 lb-ft @ 1,500 RPM

267 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

332 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM

369 lb-ft @ 2,900 RPM

0-60 MPH (secs)

5.3

6.3

7.7 

6.9

Quarter Mile (secs)

13.7 

14.5 

N/A

N/A

Top Speed (MPH)

155

155 145

155

Most of the rivals in this class are in the same ballpark in terms of power figures. While the Land Rover Discovery uses a 3L Supercharged V6 engine to belt out 335 hp, the Q7 uses a 3L turbocharged V6, while the Bimmer employs a 2.0L turbocharged inline-6 to belt out the same figures. However, it's the Acura MDX's 3.5L NA V6 engine that cranks out the lowest power figures, rated at 290 hp. 

The BMW X5, just like every other Bimmer out there in the world, marks performance as its major focus point and exhibits impressive acceleration abilities. Speaking of numbers, the 2021 BMW X5 can sprint from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds. Keep the pedal pinned, and the X5 will clock the quarter of a mile lap in 13.7 seconds. Flat out, the 2021 BMW X5 can attain a top speed of 155 mph. 


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2021 BMW X5 Fuel Economy

7.1/10

Being a heavyweight SUV, the BMW X5 does a fairly good job in terms of fuel efficiency. The 2021 BMW X5 can roll for 21 miles in the city or can cruise through 26 miles on the highway for every gallon of gasoline. Sum up these figures, and the 2021 BMW X5 is good for a combined 23 mpg

To top that, the Comfort mode ensures to squeeze every last drop of a gallon to churn out maximum efficiency numbers. Furthermore, the 2021 BMW X5 gets a fuel tank capacity of 21.9 gallons, which lends it a highway range of around 570 miles on a single full tank. 

Model

2021 BMW X5

2021 Acura MDX

2021 Land Rover Discovery

2021 Audi Q7

MPG (City)

21

20

16

17

MPG (Highway)

26

27

21

21

MPG (Combined)

23

23

18

18

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

21.9

19.5

23.8

22.5

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi)

460/569/503

390/527/448

376/494/423

383/473/405

Comparing the rivals, the Land Rover Discovery's mpg figures and Audi Q7's mpg figures make them the least fuel-efficient of the lot. The Acura MDX returns 23 mpg combined, which is at par with that of the X5, but the fact should not be overlooked that the MDX is considerably less powerful than the Bimmer. 

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

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 materials all around.

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.

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.

Model

2021 BMW X5

2021 Acura MDX

2021 Land Rover Discovery

2021 Audi Q7

Seating Capacity

5

6

7

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

39.9/59.5/41.7

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

38.7/58.1/37.4

38.8/59.1/38.5

39.0/59.5/37.6

38.8/58.5/38.8

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

N/A 35.6/54.7/28.1 N/A 35.9/49.4/29.2

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

33.9 15  27.5 14.8

The BMW X5 is the only contender in this segment that gets a passenger capacity of 5 occupants as standard, although there is an option of getting a third row, we suggest you steer clear from it as it's only suitable for small children. 

Speaking of practicality, the 2021 BMW X5 offers a cargo capacity of 33.9 cubic feet, which is the best in the segment. The 40-20-40 second split row can fold down flat to provide a whopping 66.0 cu-ft of cargo space. Further accentuating the convenience counterpart, all the rows can be electrically folded down with just a slight nudge on the button. 

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, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. 

The BMW X5's iDrive 7 infotainment system is one of the best and simplest software in the industry. The interface is as simple as it gets and you will get used to all of its features in no time. 

Some of the most notable interior and infotainment features of the 2021 BMW X5 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
  • 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

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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. 

The X5's chiseled lines and curved shoulder 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 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, making the 2020 X5 an aerodynamic machine.

The 2021 BMW X5 also retains the same dimensions as the 2020 variant and it looks compact, yet imposes 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

2021 Audi Q7

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4758

4032

4751

5,082

Length (in.)

212

196.2

195.7

199.6

Width (in.)

78.9

77.7

81.6

77.5

Height (in.)

73.6

67.4

73.0

68.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.7

7.3

8.0

8.2

Wheelbase (in.)

122.5

111.0

115.0

117.9

The BMW X5's dimensions make it one of the heaviest and longest in the segment, right after the Q7's dimensions. A fact worth noting here is that the X5 is the shortest in the segment, yet has one of the longest wheelbases, this is because of the short and functional overhangs that help in making the car look compact increase maneuverability.

Some of the most notable exterior features of the 2021 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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2021 BMW X5 SUV rear three quarter view

2021 BMW X5 Safety

9.0/10

The 4th generation of X5 received a 5-star rating and Top Safety Pick + from IIHS. However, NHTSA has dulled down on the Overall Safety Ratings for the 2021 X5 to 4-Stars. Along with all the structural integrity, the X5 also comes loaded with a plethora of safety equipment as standard.

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.

  • 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

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. 

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.

2021 BMW X5 Vs 2021 Audi Q7

Coming from the same country of origin, the Audi Q7 is arch-rival to the BMW X5. Both these German SUVs get a 3.0L turbocharged 6-pot engine and offer similar power figures, at almost the same price. However, while the Bimmer is more performance-oriented, the Q7 is all about luxury and moving graciously.

On a comparative note, the BMW X5 triumphs the Audi Q7 in terms of performance and fuel efficiency, whereas the Q7 clutches back with more luxury on offer. 

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. In a nutshell, the BMW X5 is an ideal premium SUV that packs in the right balance of performance and luxury. 

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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.

2021 BMW X5 Consumer Reviews and Ratings

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2021 BMW X5

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

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 10, 2021

My luxurious BMW X5

Pros - Performance, cabin comfort, feature rich

Cons - Small mirrors and low visibility

The best looking luxurious vehicle More than experiencing the luxury of this BMW x5, i was very much in love with its looks.The attractive sharp looking headlights and the grille resembles a wide opened mouth with sharp tooth makes it look great.The well breathing engine perfectly delivers the power with good handling abilities. The interior finish and the looks were attractive. The color combination in the cabin looks perfect and luxurious. Reading

8/10
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8/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
9/10
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Christian J. Lim

2021 BMW X5

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

6

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 1, 2021

Class Bimmer

Pros - Design looks real fine and perfect , interiors are comfortable, good cargo space

Cons - It heavy weight causes issue in off roading

double moonroof providnig spectacular space view over , a good cargo space with foldable rear seats leather seats, soft padded cushions, sleek dashboard, steering with all driver access control, airy cabin, heated seats, leather upholstrey, adjustable seats, automatic cargo door, abs, led headlights, driver assist, cruise control, i think it amazing.

6/10
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6/10
Interior
6/10
Design
6/10
Safety
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
9/10
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Song D. Roberts

2021 BMW X5

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

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 1, 2021

Bimmer perfect

Pros - Great safety check, pretty good mileage, ambient atmosphere cabin

Cons - Navigation is bit of an issue in my car, not much of all terrain kind

very quiet comfort no extra noise, ambient interiors lightings, seats with heating and leather covered, ambient lighiting, a 12.3 inch display for infotainment, navigation, and phone connect bimmer looks amazing with bonnet long, low dive to front, good ground clearance giving kick with drive because of 335hp, airbags, parking assist, rear view camera, reliability seems good with fuel tank size, suspension dynamics, safety check.

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