The Anticipated 2021 BMW X5 In Review

Described by BMW as a vehicle that brings together “convenience, utility, and luxury”, the BMW X5 has been one of the most highly anticipated sports utility vehicles set for release this year. Let’s take an extensive look at what this BMW has to offer and determine whether or not you should splash the cash on this German engineering feat.


The X5 is offered in four trims, each available at differing retail values. Their price tags are as follows:

  • sDrive 40i – $59,400
  • xDrive 40i – $61,700
  • xDrive 45e – $65,400
  • M50i – $82,800


The sDrive40i and the xDrive40i are powered by a 3-liter TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine, generating 335 horsepower. The xDrive45e, a plugin hybrid, comes turbocharged with an integrated electric motor, allowing it to produce 389 horsepower. Finally, there’s the M50i, powered by a 523-hp twin-turbo V8. No matter which trim you choose, you’re bound to be satisfied by its raw power. 

The X5 proves to be a smooth and stable ride, with supreme handling. It can also tow a colossal 7200 pounds!

With an estimated 18 mpg to 28 mpg fuel consumption depending on its configuration, the X5 possesses excellent fuel efficiency considering its engine size.

Interior And Infotainment

The X5 comes with a luxurious interior, kitted in SensaTec (a vinyl imitation of leather) upholstery, and a high-gloss Wood trim. Its style is matched with its generous cargo space, with space for 11 carry-on suitcases behind the second row of seats. 

Extra comfort is provided by features such as heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, and customizable ambient lighting. There are also dual cupholders in the front and rear as well as privacy glass. Optional extras include massaging seats, heated front armrests and steering wheel, and a leather dashboard.

Entertainment features include an anti-theft AM/FM stereo, a 10-speaker sound system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB ports, and voice control. While such features are decent, the X5 does not offer nearly as much in the entertainment department as its closest competitors.


In its safety test, the X5 received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest honor – the Top Safety Pick +. It also received a four-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with five stars in its front, back, and side crash tests. Ultimately, its headlights were deemed poor by the NHTSA.

This vehicle is equipped with several safety features, such as automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, ABS, LED fog lights, lane departure warning, speed limit information, and automatic-locking retractors on all passenger-seat safety belts.

Our Verdict

The X5 has plenty of pros on offer, including its excellent performance, handling, fuel efficiency, and interior. On the downside, its basic entertainment and safety features along with its exorbitant price tags are drawbacks. Overall, so long as you’re prepared to fork out the cash, the X5 should provide you with a worthwhile experience overall.