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Parkers overall rating: 4.3 out of 5 4.3


4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • Four trim levels to choose from
  • M Sport is considered the most desirable
  • Colossal range of expensive options

Theoretically, the X5 line-up is straightforward: it starts with SE, moves up to M Sport, followed by the standalone M50d and X5 M at the summit.

In reality, it’s a little more complex than that as the equipment is also dependent upon which model has been chosen.

Standard BMW X5 SUV equipment

Start off with the X5 in SE trim paired with the sDrive25dxDrive25d or xDrive30d engines and you’ll have a generous equipment roster. Among the kit list are:

  • 19-inch V-spoke alloy wheels
  • Illuminated exterior door handles
  • Chrome-tipped exhaust pipes
  • Electrically folding door mirrors
  • Black grille vanes
  • Xenon headlamps
  • LED front foglights
  • Metallic paint
  • Automatic lights and wipers
  • Full leather upholstery
  • Electrically adjustable and heated front seats
  • Multi-coloured ambient lighting
  • Brushed aluminium interior trim
  • Professional Multimedia system with iDrive, DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity

Stick with SE trim but go for the more powerful xDrive40d and besides greater performance, the extra outlay buys you titanium-coloured grille vanes.

Choose the xDrive50i SE and that further adds high-gloss poplar wood interior trim.

Plump for the plug-in hybrid xDrive40e SE and that adds to the 40d’s tally with:

  • Adaptive Comfort Suspension
  • Hybrid-specific instrumentation and controls
  • Blue detailing including to the grille vanes
  • A 5m charging cable and an illuminated charging socket on the nearside front wing

Things are simpler with M Sport X5s as they all feature the same upgrades. They’re distinguished by:

  • 20-inch M double-spoke alloys
  • Adaptive M Suspension
  • M designation door sill finishers (not xDrive40e)
  • High-gloss Shadowline exterior trims
  • M Sport-specific bodykit
  • Black headlining
  • Aluminium ‘hexagon’ trim (xDrive50i retains the Poplar wood)
  • Sports front seats
  • M-specific steering wheel

There are further sporty touches for the X5 M50d:

  • Different design of 20-inch alloys
  • Black finishers for the exhaust pipes
  • Ferric Grey door mirror caps
  • Chrome grille vanes
  • Uprated steering

Pick the X5 M and there’s:

  • An even more aggressive bodykit
  • A third design of 20-inch alloy wheel
  • Double grille vanes in high-gloss black
  • Adaptive Dynamic Suspension
  • Adaptive LED headlamps
  • Chrome-tipped quad exhausts
  • Extended Marino leather, covering the dashboard and door panels
  • Head-up display
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Aluminium combined with pearl grey interior trims

Optional BMW X5 SUV accessories

There’s a host of packages available for the X5, with too many to catalogue here.

Comfort seats can be specified front and rear, a huge array of interior trims, materials and colours are available and Harman/Kardon will supply an advanced audio system.

For those more concerned with the driving experience, a Sports Automatic transmission can be mated with the different suspension options while safety can be enhanced with the adaptive LED headlights, Night Vision and a Surround View camera.

If you’ve got children and are likely to ferry around them and their friends frequently, then consider the panoramic glass roof and seven-seater pack, too.

If you’ve bought an M Sport, there’s also the M Sport Plus package to consider, comprising of head-up display, a Harman/Kardon speaker upgrade, an adaptive instrument panel and sun-protection glass.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW X5 4x4.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Roof rails
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim
  • Sports seats

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Sports seats
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • Partial leather seat trim

M equipment

M standard equipment
  • Lumbar support
  • Sports seats
M optional equipment
None available

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • Sports seats
M Sport optional equipment
  • Partial leather seat trim

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
SE optional equipment
None available


4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • Not yet rated by Euro NCAP
  • Host of standard and optional safety kit
  • Security of xDrive on almost all X5s

With the previous-generation BMW X5 safety record of five Euro NCAP stars we’d expect this model to match this rating, and better it in terms of individual achievements – if the organisation decides to crash test it, that is.

Ignore the host of airbags and impact resistant structures – equipment that is commonplace across the whole car industry – for a moment and you’ll realise the BMW X5 is packing plenty of clever safety kit.

The main focus is Driving Assistant Plus, which incorporates Lane Departure Warning to keep you in between a lane’s white lines, Forward Collision Warning and City Collision Mitigation to reduce the chance of rear-ending a slower moving or stationary car, and adaptive cruise control with a stop/start function.

As standard you’ll find xenon lights to improve the driver’s vision in the dark while the rain and light sensors will turn the wipers and headlights on automatically when required.

Should the worst happen, in the event of an accident the BMW Emergency Call system will automatically alert the relevant services to your location. For less serious incidents the system can be manually operated via a button in the overhead console.

Optionally owners can specify Adaptive LED headlights, Night Vision with animal and pedestrian recognition, a full colour head-up display (HUD), glare-free automatic main-beam that bends light around other road users rather than directly into their field of vision, and Surround View cameras offer a wider viewpoint around the vehicle than before.

And while other Park Assist programs often require the driver to operate the pedals, the X5 offers a fully automated service that will park the car for you without any occupant input into the pedals or steering wheel.

How many Isofix car seats can I fit in a BMW X5 SUV?

You’ll be able to install two Isofix child seats in the X5 – one on each of the outer rear seats. There’s no option to add one to the front passenger seat or the extra-pair of chairs in the seven-seater version.

Interior & boot space

4 out of 5 4.0
  • Lots of space for five occupants
  • Pair of additional seats optionally available
  • Boot space is generous and flexible

As standard the BMW X5 comes with five seats, but practicality can be boosted with the addition of an extra pair in the boot, turning it into a seven-seater.

Access to the rearmost row is improved with the Easy Entry function that sees the middle seats tumble forward, while the handgrip on the pillar allows occupants to pull themselves into the car.

It’s a big car so it’s no surprise that occupant space is on the generous side – both up front and for those sitting behind a tall driver – and there’s plenty of head-, shoulder- and legroom available.

There’s also plenty of storage with doorbins of a decent size, a deep cubby under the front armrest, a pair of cupholders at the base of the centre console and usefully sized glovebox.

With the seats in place the boot is understandably small, but when the seats are not in use they slide neatly into the floor and out of sight. Order your X5 without the extra pair of seats and boot space is 650 litres with the middle row in place and 1,870 litres when folded.

That’s an increase of 30 and 120 litres respectively over the previous-generation car, and the middle bench splits in a 40/20/40 configuration for maximum flexibility.

Anything different with the xDrive40e plug-in hybrid?

The plug-in hybrid X5 has a smaller boot to make way for its batteries, with the space on offer dropping by 150 litres regardless of whether the rear seats are folded or up.

By picking the plug-in you also eschew the option of that final row of seats – the BMW X5 xDrive40e is five-seat only.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the BMW X5 4x4 compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Mercedes-Benz M-Class (12-15) 690 litres
BMW X5 4x4 500 litres
Audi Q7 SUV (06-14) 330 litres
Land Rover Range Rover Sport 221 litres

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