2018 BMW X5 Diesel

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2018 BMW X5
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2018 BMW X5
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What’s new

  • M Sport package now includes Premium package features
  • Part of the third X5 generation introduced for 2014

Pros

  • Strong performance from every model
  • Luxurious and comfortable cabin that lives up to its price tag

Cons

  • Less legroom for second-row occupants
  • Optional third-row seating is very tight


Which X5 does Edmunds recommend?

The diesel-powered X5 xDrive35d model delivers the best combination of performance and efficiency. Choose the right options and it's easily the best value in the lineup. For safety-conscious shoppers, we suggest adding the optional Driver Assistance packages for another layer of passenger protection.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

8.3 / 10

The 2018 BMW X5 serves as a benchmark for the modern luxury performance crossover SUV. It impressively combines the attributes you normally associate with a BMW sedan and then adds true utility. A wide range of engine choices and trim packages ensures buyers can find the right configuration for their needs.

The X5 engine options include a turbocharged six-cylinder (300 horsepower, 300 pound-feet of torque), a diesel six-cylinder (255 hp, 413 lb-ft), a powerful V8 (445 hp, 480 lb-ft) and a plug-in hybrid (308 hp, 332 lb-ft). No matter what's under the hood, the X5 simultaneously provides a comfortable ride and sporty handling, and the X5's all-wheel-drive system provides extra traction in wet weather or the occasional trip off pavement.

There are a few downsides to the X5, with the main one being interior space. It's just not as roomy as some rival crossovers with third-row seats. Some of those rivals have fresher and newer designs, too. But overall we think the X5 is a solid pick if you want a luxury vehicle that offers a great combination of performance and utility.

Notably, we picked the 2018 BMW X5 as one of Edmunds' Best Midsize SUVs and picked the 2018 BMW X5 xDrive40e as one of Edmunds' Best Luxury Hybrid SUVs for this year.

2018 BMW X5 configurations

The 2018 BMW X5 is a midsize luxury SUV that is available in 35i, 35d, 40e and 50i trim levels. All have all-wheel drive (xDrive) except for the 35i, which comes standard with rear-wheel drive (sDrive). A high-performance X5 M variant is reviewed separately. There is seating for five passengers, and an optional third-row seat increases capacity to seven.

Standard features for the 35i and 35d models include 19-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, LED foglights, power-folding and heated mirrors, auto-dimming mirrors, automatic wipers, a panoramic sunroof, roof rails, a power liftgate, and front and rear parking sensors.

On the inside, you get dual-zone automatic climate control, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, premium vinyl upholstery, power-adjustable and heated front seats, driver-seat memory functions, 40/20/40-split folding rear seats, BMW Assist emergency communications, a 10.2-inch central display screen, BMW's iDrive infotainment interface, a navigation system, voice controls and a nine-speaker sound system.

The 40e plug-in hybrid includes all of the above, along with adjustable suspension dampers and rear air suspension (optional on all other X5s), along with hybrid-specific instrumentation and additional iDrive menu items.

The X5 50i includes all of the features found in the 35i along with keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, upgraded front seats, four-zone climate control and 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system.

Options include the Luxury, xLine and M Sport equipment lines that have different wheel designs (up to 20 inches), color schemes, and trim and upholstery types. The M Sport also includes sport front seats and shift paddles for the transmission.

Other bundled options include the Premium package for all but the 50i (keyless ignition and entry, four-zone climate control and satellite radio) and the Luxury Seating package (multicontour front seats with ventilation).

The Driver Assistance package adds a variety of driver safety aids, and you can get even more with the Driver Assistance Plus package. The Dynamic Handling package for xDrive models adds adaptive dampers, a rear air suspension and a body-roll mitigation feature for improved road holding. The Lighting package bundles upgraded adaptive LED headlights and automatic high-beam headlight control.

Other options for the BMW X5 include Apple CarPlay, a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system, upgraded or extended leather upholstery, upgraded interior trim and manual sunshades for the rear windows. All X5s except the hybrid can be equipped with second-row comfort seats (with fore/aft and recline adjustment) and a third-row seat (includes the rear air suspension). You can also order a rear-seat entertainment system and a night-vision camera system.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2014 BMW X5 (turbo 3.0L inline-6 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).

NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current X5 has received minor revisions, including changes to the infotainment unit and a shuffling of options and trims structure. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's X5.

Driving

9.0
Surprising agility and strong, willing engine choices competently move this heavy SUV around. We tested the base turbocharged six-cylinder version in this rating and found it more than adequate.

Acceleration

9.0
The 300-hp turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine is smooth and refined and has plenty of torque. There is some slight throttle hesitation from a stop. Shifts from the automatic transmission are similarly smooth.

Braking

8.5
Adequately firm pedal is easy to modulate in driving around town. Its stopping ability in a panic situation is limited less by its brakes and more by its all-season tires.

Steering

8.0
The precise steering doesn't necessarily tell you about every divot in the road, but it doesn't feel synthetic either. Effort is substantial but not off-putting at parking lot speeds.

Handling

8.0
A heavy vehicle at 4,836 pounds, the X5 manages to get around corners feeling sharp-footed, never ponderous. Capable and confidence-inspiring. Our test car was equipped with the optional Dynamic Damper system.

Drivability

9.5
It's hard to fault the X5 for its driving dynamics, given its class of vehicle. This is an accomplished machine that sweats the details of the primary driving controls.

Comfort

8.5
The cabin appointments are first-rate, and the X5 comports itself well on the road. Few faults to be found apart from some extraneous noise, which is likely a consequence of the run-flat tires.

Seat comfort

9.5
Superb comfort and support from the seats, which are well-suited to long-distance driving.

Ride comfort

8.5
The X5's suspension is tuned on the firm side, yet it's still capable of absorbing most road imperfections. From time to time, the ride gets choppy on rough pavement, but this is the exception and not the rule.

Noise & vibration

6.5
Road noise is present to a degree that is not quite up to the standards of the class. There's also prominent wind noise from the driver's side windshield pillar at elevated freeway speeds.

Climate control

The system is easy enough to understand and use, but the vents don't put out sufficient cooling air in terms of volume and temperature. The vehicle takes too long to begin feeling comfortable after sitting in a parking lot.

Interior

8.0
Richly appointed and easy on the eyes, the cabin is a well-engineered space. Cargo room is a tick bigger than before, but it's still not exceptional. The running boards aren't well-designed.

Ease of use

9.0
The controls are logically laid out and easy to access. The X5's knob-based multimedia system (iDrive) is preferable to many touchscreen-based systems.

Getting in/getting out

5.5
Ingress is — ironically — severely hampered by the running board extensions, which are too narrow to be useful. It's also a rather large step up into the cabin.

Driving position

Plenty of seat and steering wheel adjustment. There's a very wide range of movement in the telescoping wheel, too. When you're all set, the gauges are very clearly visible through the steering wheel, too.

Roominess

8.5
Lots of headroom and plenty of space to sprawl out, both up front and in back.

Visibility

8.0
Great view ahead and to the sides. The substantial rear pillars block the view over your shoulder. Good thing there's a backup camera, but it's an optional extra.

Quality

9.5
Panels are well fit with consistent gaps, and no squeaks or rattles were to be found. The interior oozes quality. This is a well-made crossover.

Utility

7.5
The X5's cargo area isn't cavernous, given the exterior dimensions, but it's appropriate for the segment. The rear hatch is split into two halves — a hatch and a short tailgate. There's a reasonable amount of interior storage space for your personal items.

Technology

This X5 benefits from years of constant refinement of BMW's iDrive system, and the 2018 version features Apple CarPlay compatibility. The audio and navigation systems both work quite well.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 BMW X5.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Reliable, safe, excellent mileage
Vin Tanner,03/25/2018
This is our 2nd X5 diesel. Both have been trouble free. Mileage is much better than projected. Highway mpg is 35-37 depending on terrain. Same for previous X5. Diesel prices average 10% higher in FL, but mileage is 60-80% better than V8 gasoline. No brainer since torque is similar. The one thing I would like to see with BMW is weather radar/ability to access iphone apps for such via LTE networks. BMW says that is coming. X5 is adequate in size, bigger families may wait for the X7. This has been a superior vehicle and rides better than our ML series did. Yes, we will continue to buy the X5 diesel.
Can’t believe it is a diesel
Greg,01/10/2018
Have been very happy with ride/comfort/options. Overall quickness and agility is impressive. Sport mode is quite fun. Only complaint is the ‘door sill’ that sticks out and gets in the way when exiting/entering vehicle.
More than you expect
Mark G,08/09/2018
Previously had a ML350 bluetec. The ride, handling and performance are superior on all counts. And that is not even counting better MPG. The only three area's that I find the X5 short in are backseat room, specifically legroom, slightly smaller cargo area and confusing and lacking equipment packages. My thought is that a number of options on the X5 for a luxury SUV could and should be standard. I cannot express the significant difference in handling and engine performance vs the ML 350. If you are not familiar with diesel you will be hard pressed to notice the difference against a typical gasoline engine. Certainly X5 owners with a gasoline model will notice the difference, but it is important to express that the diesel is not lacking by any means. Price aside it is a good value for the money and you will not be disappointed.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$61,000
MPG
23 city / 29 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Diesel
255 hp @ 4000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite X5 safety features:

Active Blind-Spot Detection
Warns drivers when there are vehicles or objects in the vehicle's blind spots.
Active Driving Assistant
Helps drivers avoid calamity by combining front collision mitigation, pedestrian detection and lane departure warning.
Rear Axle Air Suspension
Keeps the car level when heavily loaded, ensuring consistent high-speed handling and braking performance.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover18.8%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

BMW X5 vs. the competition

2018 BMW X5

2018 BMW X5

2018 Audi Q7

2018 Audi Q7

BMW X5 vs. Audi Q7

With a lower starting price, a slightly longer wheelbase and a standard third-row seat, the Audi Q7 is a great alternative to the X5. The Q7 is a high-tech family hauler that offers nearly every creature comfort and advanced safety feature you can ask for in a modern car. On the other hand, the X5 has a diverse powertrain lineup — ranging from a plug-in hybrid to a brawny V8 — and a breadth of customization that the Q7 can't quite match.

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BMW X5 vs. Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class

Although it only seats five, the Mercedes-Benz GLE midsize SUV is a direct competitor to the BMW X5. This latest generation has been on sale for quite a while (the pre-face-lift version, called the M-Class, debuted in 2011), but it still impresses with its top-notch cabin materials and lengthy list of standard features. As with the X5, the GLE's wide range of engine options will satisfy most needs, whether you want a fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid or desire tire-melting pandemonium from a 577-horsepower twin-turbo V8.

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BMW X5 vs. BMW X3

The BMW X3 is a step down from the X5 in terms of size, but its cabin is still plenty roomy and its engines are still surprisingly potent. Although it's totally redesigned for 2018, the X3 doesn't look much different from its predecessor. A lightly restyled exterior, a more spacious interior, revised powertrains and wireless Apple CarPlay capability round out the significant changes this year. Though it's considerably less expensive than its larger sibling, BMW's famously lengthy options list will have you nudging up the X5's starting price in no time.

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2018 BMW X5 Diesel for Sale

BMW X5 2018 xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
New 2018
BMW X5
xDrive35d
(6)
BMW of Sterling
2.9 mi away
MSRP$65,985
Est.Loan: $1,099/mo
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Dealer Notes
2018 BMW X5 xDrive35d 4D Sport Utility 3.0L I6 DOHC 24V Advanced Diesel AWD Automatic Mineral White MetallicTerra Dakota Lth.Please don t hesitate to call 571-620-5546 and ask for Ed Han or email 247 @ ed.Han@sterlingroyce.edealerhub.com he will be able to answer any and all questions!Factory MSRP: $65,9852329 CityHighway MPG*Please Note: Our best available offer and APR for this vehicle are displayed. All conditions subject to credit approval, please contact BMW of Sterling for qualification requirements. All pricing is plus tax, tags, dealer processing fee ($599). Pricing includes all rebates and incentives if applicable. Some rebatesincentives are only available through BMW Financial (or other financial institution) and may not be utilized if customer pays cash andor chooses to finance with any other lender or bank. See center for complete details. While we make every effort to ensure he date listed here is correct, there may be instances where rebates, incentives, options or vehicle features may be listed incorrectly as we get data from multiple data sources. Final price must be verified by management. Please contact dealer to verify payment, price, options-etc prior to purchase. Dealer cannot be held liable for omissions, errors or prior sale. Picture may not represent actual vehicle (Options, colors, trim and body style may vary). Specifications, features, safety and warranty data are based on what is available as standard specsfeatures per trim level, for designed model-year and may not apply to vehicles with added packages or options. All vehicles are subject to prior sale. Dealer installed options additional. Vehicles may be in-transit to dealer. Please call to confirm status.
BMW X5 2018 xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
New 2018
BMW X5
xDrive35d
(3)
Northwest BMW
46.6 mi away
MSRP$63,085
Est.Loan: $1,060/mo
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Dealer Notes
Price includes all applicable rebates. Not all customers qualify for rebates listed below. See Dealer for details. $2,500 - APR Credit MY18. Exp. 12022018, $2,500 - BMW FS APR Lease Credit. Exp. 12022018 2018 BMW X5 xDrive35d AWD 8-Speed Automatic 3.0L I6 DOHC 24V Advanced Diesel 4-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Comfort Access Keyless Entry, Heated Front Seats, Heated Steering Wheel, Navigation System, Premium Package, SiriusXM Satellite Radio w1 Year All Access, Wheels: 19 x 9 Lt Alloy Orbit Gray (Style 449).2923 HighwayCity MPG
BMW X5 2018 xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)
New 2018
BMW X5
xDrive35d
(2)
BMW of Annapolis
54.2 mi away
MSRP$67,435
Est.Loan: $1,135/mo
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Dealer Notes
BMW of Annapolis is excited to offer this 2018 BMW X5. This BMW includes: HEATED STEERING WHEEL Heated Steering Wheel DRIVING ASSISTANCE PACKAGE Lane Departure Warning Heads-Up Display Blind Spot Monitor Cross-Traffic Alert CANBERRA BEIGE, DAKOTA LEATHER UPHOLSTERY Leather Seats PREMIUM PACKAGE Multi-Zone A/C Keyless Start A/C Climate Control Hands-Free Liftgate Satellite Radio Power Door Locks Keyless Entry Rear A/C Remote Trunk Release ALUMINUM RUNNING BOARDS Running Boards/Side Steps BLACK SAPPHIRE METALLIC *Note - For third party subscriptions or services, please contact the dealer for more information.* Want more room? Want more style? This BMW X5 is the vehicle for you. Pull up in the vehicle and the valet will want to parked on the front row. This BMW X5 is the vehicle others dream to own. Don't miss your chance to make it your new ride. Few vehicles can match the safety and comfort of this AWD BMW X5 xDrive35d. With enhanced performance, refined interior and exceptional fuel efficiency, this AWD BMW is in a class of its own. Added comfort with contemporary style is the leather interior to heighten the quality and craftsmanship for the BMW X5 We look forward to seeing you soon! Please call us for more information.

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2018 BMW X5 Diesel Overview

The 2018 BMW X5 Diesel is offered in the following styles: xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A).

What do people think of the 2018 BMW X5 Diesel?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 BMW X5 Diesel and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 X5 Diesel 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 X5 Diesel.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 BMW X5 Diesel and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 X5 Diesel featuring deep dives into trim levels including xDrive35d, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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Edmunds Scorecard

Overall8.3 / 10

Driving

9.0 / 10

Acceleration9.0 / 10
Braking8.5 / 10
Steering8.0 / 10
Handling8.0 / 10
Drivability9.5 / 10

Comfort

8.5 / 10

Seat comfort9.5 / 10
Ride comfort8.5 / 10
Noise & vibration6.5 / 10

Interior

8.0 / 10

Ease of use9.0 / 10
Getting in/getting out5.5 / 10
Roominess8.5 / 10
Visibility8.0 / 10
Quality9.5 / 10
Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2018 BMW X5 Diesel?
2018 BMW X5 Diesel xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A)

The 2018 BMW X5 Diesel xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $61,995. The average price paid for a new 2018 BMW X5 Diesel xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A) is trending $8,841 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2018 BMW X5 Diesel xDrive35d 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 8A) is14.3% below the MSRP.

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