The BMW X5 ranks 4 out of 18 Luxury Midsize SUVs – ranking based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the BMW X5 internationally and locally. #4 in Luxury Midsize SUVs #2 in Luxury SUVs with 3 Rows #4 in Luxury Crossover SUVs Reviewers all agree that the re-designed 2014 BMW X5 offers elegant interior styling, as well as nimble handling with powerful engine choices that few luxury SUVs can match.The X5 sDrive35i comes standard with a turbo-charged six-cylinder engine that test drivers say delivers plenty of power.A turbo-charged V8 is available in X5 xDrive50i models, and motor journalists have commented that this model offers incredible acceleration.
Many test drivers expressed that their favourite model is the turbo-diesel X5 xDrive35d, which offers ample power and gets great fuel economy for the class.The base 2014 BMW X5 gets an EPA-estimated 14.9/10.5 litres/100 kms for city/highway driving which is good for the class, while the turbo-diesel model gets an excellent 12.3/9.1 litres/100 kms for city/highway driving respectively.Test drivers agree that the X5 has very sharp handling for a luxury midsize SUV, and they praise its accurate steering system and strong brakes.Motor journalists report that the X5's interior has top-quality materials, a sophisticated design and front- and second-row seats that are comfortable and spacious.The optional third row is only roomy enough for children, though that is not unusual for a three-row midsize SUV.The 2014 BMW X5 also earns praise for its high-tech features, which include a large, attractive display for infotainment functions and an iDrive controller that they think is easy to use.The 2014 BMW X5's standard features include a panoramic moon-roof, navigation, BMW's iDrive infotainment system, leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable heated front seats. Optional features include leather upholstery, a 360-degree Surround View parking camera system, lane departure warning and a night vision system with pedestrian detection.
Some comments from international car websites: "Thanks to subtle improvements all around, the redesigned 2014 BMW X5 is a top choice for a luxury crossover SUV, especially if performance is a priority." -- Edmunds
"If you want a midsize luxury SUV that aspires to be a sports car and offers seating for up to seven, the BMW X5 is a tempting choice." -- Kelley Blue Book
"The big question remaining is this: Is it worth it? Price aside, it's still the leader of its class and it's never been better. Is that enough for you?" -- Autoblog
"BMW has refined a solid performer that is the (crossover) apple of many customers' eyes. With an engaging personality, a refined diesel drivetrain and host of aero, power and lightweight tricks on board, it is clearly evident that this remains the Ultimate Driving Machine of crossovers." -- Left Lane News