The 2017 BMW X5 is mildly updated from the third generation of the Bavarian automaker?s midsize luxury SUV, which was introduced for the 2014 model year. The X5?s styling, although not revolutionary, retains the quintessential BMW look that appeals to so many fans of the marque. It still offers an attractive mix of performance, utility, on-road manners and light off-road capability that in many ways set the standard for its class.
The few changes for 2017 include a wireless phone-charging pad and Wi-Fi hotspot, available on all trim levels. And the xLine package, with upgraded wheel designs and trim, different interior and exterior color choices and added brightwork, is now a standard selection.
Shoppers in the market for a luxury crossover should be pleased with the X5?s range of standard equipment, which includes upscale touches like a power tailgate, comfortable interior and a host of technology and advanced safety equipment. Less pleasing for some buyers might be the somewhat cramped optional third-row seat. It?s fine for kids, but adults will definitely find legroom at a premium, and note that the addition of the extra seat eliminates the reclining feature of the second row.
A 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine provides standard power for the 2017 X5, producing 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. It comes linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Other available powerplants include a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 that puts out 445 horsepower, the 567-horsepower V8 M model, a six-cylinder diesel and a plug-in hybrid. All X5s except the rear-wheel drive entry-level 35i come standard with all-wheel drive.
Handling continues to be a strong suit for BMW?s midsize SUV. Some drivers may find the ride a bit on the stiff side, but most will appreciate the cornering ability and taut steering feel provided by the sport-oriented suspension. This, coupled with the standard turbo-boosted engine, which provides more than adequate power, gives the X5 a level of performance that rivals pretty much any other SUV in its market segment.
Fuel economy for the base rear-drive X5 35i is EPA rated at 21 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway). Go with the all-wheel-drive 35i and the ratings drop slightly to 20 mpg combined (18 city/24 highway).
In addition to choosing from the entry-level 35i, the diesel-powered 35d, the V8-engined 50i and the plug-in hybrid variant, buyers will find a huge selection of options and equipment packages to help customize their X5 with extra luxury, performance, comfort and convenience.
Whatever your preferences, let Edmunds help you select just the right 2017 BMW X5 to meet your needs.