2016 BMW X5

2016 BMW X5
2016 BMW X5

2016 BMW X5


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 15 mpg City, 21 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 4.4 L Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8, 445 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: All Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

BMW's X5 offers seating for seven with loads of tech on- and off-road capabilities. With great styling as well as a host of refinements throughout its development, the X5's package is hard to ignore. Although it ranks among the more expensive SUVs in its class, it's a strong competitor, offering a wide range of options not found on the Acura MDX, Lexus RX 350 or Mercedes GL-Class.

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What's New For 2016

The biggest change to the X5 lineup in 2016 is the addition of the X5 xDrive40e plug-in hybrid model. The xDrive40e allows drivers up to 13 miles of pure electric driving before the gasoline engine kicks in. Quick trips to the grocery store can theoretically be achieved without using any gas. Despite the eco-friendly nature of the xDrive40e, it can still hit 60 mph in about 6.5 seconds, meaning no sacrifice in performance is required to care for the environment.


  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / Unlimited Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 5 stars
  • Side Driver: 5 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) provides consumers with vehicle safety information based on independent testing, primarily front and side crash rating results, and more recently rollover ratings, to aid consumers in their vehicle purchase decisions.

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Specifications for 2016 BMW X5

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Dsc-X Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • BMW Assist eCall Emergency S.O.S
    • Front And Rear Parking Sensors
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Real-Time Traffic Display
    • Enhanced USB & Bluetooth
    • Hi-Fi Sound System
    • harman/kardon Surround Sound System
    • Satellite Radio w/1 Year Subscription
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • Wireless Streaming
    • Radio w/Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Voice Activation
    • Radio: Anti-Theft AM/FM Stereo w/CD/MP3
  • Exterior Features
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Auto Dimming Side Mirrors w/Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
    • Galvanized Steel/Aluminum/Composite Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Colored Grille w/Chrome Surround
    • Power Liftgate/Tailgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Roof Rack Rails Only
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam High Intensity Low/High Beam Daytime Running Auto-Leveling Directionally Adaptive Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Front Fog Lamps
    • Cornering Lights
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
    • Wheels: 19" V-Spoke Light Alloy (Style 450)
    • Tires: P255/50R19 Run-Flat AS
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Express Open/Close Sliding And Tilting Glass 1st And 2nd Row Sunroof w/Power Sunshade
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Metal-Look Bumper Insert
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Metal-Look Bumper Insert
    • Rocker Panel Extensions and Black Wheel Well Trim
  • Interior Features
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Leather/Chrome Gear Shift Knob
    • Poplar Wood Trim
    • Dakota Leather Upholstery
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console and 4 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Trunk/Hatch Auto-Latch
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Roll-Up Cargo Cover
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Sunroof/Convertible Roof
    • Tracker System
    • Smart Device Integration
    • Memory Settings -inc: Door Mirrors, Steering Wheel and Head Restraints
    • Navigation System
    • Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Residual Heat Recirculation, Headliner/Pillar Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls
    • Dual Zone Front And Rear Automatic Air Conditioning w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Cruise Control
    • Garage Door Transmitter
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Proximity Cargo Access
    • Proximity Key For Doors And Push Button Start
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Valet Function
    • Interior Lock Disable
    • Ashtray
    • Front Cigar Lighter(s)
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Front Cupholder
    • Sport Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel w/Auto Tilt-Away
    • BMW Online Full Service Internet Access
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • 40-20-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Heated Front Seats
    • Power Front Seats
    • Multi-Contour Seats -inc: 20-way power, 10-way power seat functions, additional power adjustment functions for shoulder and thigh support, backrest width and lumbar support (contour and position) and 2-way manual lateral adjustment for comfort headrest,
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Lumbar Support
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 4 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 4.4L DOHC V8 32V Twin Turbo
    • Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic w/STEPTRONIC
    • 3.154 Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: 6,327 lbs
    • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
    • Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
    • 210 Amp Alternator
    • 90-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery
    • Towing w/Trailer Sway Control
    • 1110# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 22.4 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Permanent Locking Hubs
    • Double Wishbone Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Descent Control, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 15.2
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.6
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 66
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 22.9
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 22.9
  • Electrical Features
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 210
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
    • Displacement - 4.4 L/268
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 445 @ 5500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 480 @ 2000
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 115.5
    • Length, Overall (in) - 192.4
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 76.3
    • Height, Overall (in) - 69.4
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 64.7
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 65
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 22.4
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Capacity - 7
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40.5
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 40.4
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 61.5
    • Second Head Room (in) - 38.8
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 36.6
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 60
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 17
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 15
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 21
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 41.7
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - BMW X5
    • Body Style - Sports Activity Vehicle
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Double Wishbone
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Spare Tire Order Code - 300
    • Front Tire Size - P255/50WR19
    • Front Tire Size - P275/40WR20
    • Rear Tire Size - P255/50WR19
    • Rear Tire Size - P315/35WR20
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 5952
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 595
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 5952
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 595
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 5952
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - All Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - 205
    • Trans Order Code - 2TB
    • Trans Type - 8
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 4.71
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.14
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.11
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.67
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.28
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.32
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.15
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.84
    • Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.67
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 10.4
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 5150
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 9
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 20 X 10
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 9
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 20 X 11
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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  • Alpine White Black Sapphire Metallic Dark Graphite Metallic Jet Black
  • Alpine White
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Dark Graphite Metallic
  • Jet Black

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The BMW X5, built in South Carolina, is a benchmark in the midsize luxury SUV field. But it’s more of a family wagon than an SUV, as its superb and sophisticated demeanor on the road, not its offroad capability, is what the X5 is all about.

All-wheel drive is available, not standard. So some might consider a Range Rover, for its unbeatable winter capability, or also a Jeep Grand Cherokee, which isn’t a BMW but it will get you places the X5 can’t. Other competitors might be the Mercedes-Benz GLE or Volkswagen Touareg.

The X5 offers broad versatility, with a variety of powertrains, trims, and packages. It seats five in warm ambiance, or seven with the optional third-row seat. Which is quite small, so the ambiance back there might not be so warm. Surprisingly, and disappointingly considering the $55k price of the base model, a rearview camera isn’t standard.

Base engine is the 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-6 that’s the optional high-performance engine in the smaller X3. Its 300 horsepower zooms it to 60 miles per hour in 6.1 seconds, using torque that comes on at 1200 rpm. Not fast enough? Go for the X5 xDrive50i model, using a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 that hits 60 in 4.7 seconds, thanks to 445 horsepower and 480 pound-feet of torque.

Too excessive? Choose the X5 xDrive35d diesel and take 6.7 seconds. That’s fast for a diesel, but no wonder, as it’s a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel making 255 horsepower and 413 massive foot-pounds of torque.

Too dirty? Then you’re right for the plug-in hybrid that does zero to 60 in 6.5 seconds. It uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, electric motor, and lithium-ion battery pack to make a total of 308 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. Its all-electric range is 13 miles.

The front-wheel-drive X5 35i gets an EPA-estimated 18/25/21 miles per gallon City/Highway/Combined.

The 2016 X5 hasn’t been crash-tested by the government yet. There are a ton of optional safety systems, if you want an Active Driving Assistant, which is what the main package is called. There’s also ACC Stop & Go (so you can drive without feet), Traffic Jam Assistant, and Parking Assistant. Night Vision, Surround View, and Blind Spot Detection.


The BMW X5 lineup includes the sDrive35i ($53,900) with rear-wheel drive and the xDrive35i ($56,200), xDrive35d turbodiesel ($57,700), and the V8-powered xDrive50i ($70,700), all with all-wheel drive.


The BMW X5 and X3 are styled similarly. The X5 is sculpted with grace, as heft is sliced away. A tapered roofline and low beltline rise from the front fenders to the LED taillamps, to give it a big of a wedge and sport wagon looks (like the X3). Functional scoops steer air to the wheels and brakes.

However, the front end seems overwrought, with too many lines crossing the nose. The kidney grille is pushed out, and the air intake just below the grille looks like a small smirk to us. The headlights are high and nicely detailed, with LED lamps available.


Inside, the X5 departs from the cookie-cutter BMW horizontal dashboard and instrument layout, with another layer of dash that merges at the doors, trimmed standard with poplar wood. This serves to tone down the otherwise monolithic bulge. Brown Nappa leather looks nice, an option over the standard black leatherette. Other leather colors include ivory white, mocha, and a reddish brown. Dakota leather comes with the xDrive50i, optional on other models.

Comfort in the front seats is less than perfect because of flatness there. Second-row seats recline and fold 40/20/40. The available third row has Easy Entry, but they’re so small that they’re only occasional, used mostly for cargo, which sucking up cargo space at that. The rear gate operates in two pieces, bottom dropping like a pickup truck tailgate and top glass like a minivan.

Navigation, standard on most models, is ruled by the iDrive controller with a touch-write surface and BMW Apps, a connectivity suite.

There are three available trims: Luxury Line with bright metallic touches, xLine with blacked-out grille and trim, and M Sport with an aero kit and bigger wheels.

Driving Impressions

We got good seat time in British Columbia in the X5, at least in the xDrive35d diesel and xDrive50i with the powerful V8. Unfortunately we didn’t get to drive the 40e plug-in hybrid, or the base 35i with the 3.0-liter inline six. But we know and love this engine, so it’s safe to there is nothing to find fault with, zero zilch nada.

We drove from the city of Vancouver into the mountains to the Olympic ski village, and felt immediately comfortable with the rhythm of the 35d turbodiesel. Its low-range torque shoots it responsively into holes in city traffic, before it settles into a fairly silent jog on the highway, with little diesel noise in the transitions.

As for the 455-horsepower twin-turbo V8, it doesn’t feel as fast as it is, even with all those humongous 480 foot-pounds of torque arriving at 2000 rpm. That’s because the xDrive and suspension make acceleration so smooth, and the sound is muted and deadened to a whisper. This is where the seamless paddle-shifting 8-speed transmission (in all models) comes in. And the dynamic driving modes, starting with the conservative Eco Pro, then Comfort, Sport, and Sport+. The modes set the transmission shift points and snap, throttle response, and steering quickness and effort.

The electric power steering doesn’t offer much feedback, and is vague on center in Eco Pro or Comfort. However the X5 corners like a BMW in Sport and Sport+, which give the steering wheel a meaty feel. With the optional Active Steering, the ratio varies depending on the speed and cornering forces. This is especially useful parking and around town.

Another option is Dynamic Damper Control with active shocks and rear air springs, programmed by the four driving modes, in M Adaptive control. This setup gives the X5 constant stability; however we must admit we’ve never driven an X5 without this option. There are also self-leveling rear air springs available. They make the X5 totally flat in cornering, without compromising the ride very much.

The xDrive all-wheel drive moves the power from rear to front. At the launch in Vancouver, we climbed some trails around the Olympic ski jumps, and slogged through mud. No worries. It’s still not a Range Rover or Jeep Grand Cherokee, more on the level of a Ford Explorer or VW Touareg. But it will easily get you to your cabin in the woods, even in British Columbia.

Finally there’s Dynamic Performance Control, which splits the torque between the rear wheels, to turn the X5 into corners and change lanes more crisply.


There are four distinct BMW X5s, depending on engine. Sweet twin-turbo inline-6, rhythmic turbodiesel (also a six), gorilla-like high-bucks twin-turbo V8 (but smooth and silent), and future-is-now plug-in hybrid. Same superb exterior, interior, and basic handling. If you know what you want, and can afford it, this luxury SUV benchmark is a safe choice.

Sam Moses contributed to this report.

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