BMW X5 Review
The 2014 BMW X5 ranks 4 out of 18 Luxury Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the BMW X5, as well as reliability and safety data.
The 2014 BMW X5 is ranked:
Reviewers agree that the redesigned 2014 BMW X5 offers elegant interior styling, as well as athletic handling and powerful engine choices that few luxury SUVs can match.
The X5 sDrive35i comes standard with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine that test drivers say delivers plenty of power. A turbocharged V8 is available in X5 xDrive50i models, and auto writers note that this model offers thrilling acceleration. Still, many test drivers write that their favorite model is the turbodiesel X5 xDrive35d, which offers ample power and gets great fuel economy for the class. The base 2014 BMW X5 gets an EPA-estimated 19/27 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class, while the turbodiesel model gets an excellent 23/31 mpg city/highway. 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.
Auto writers report that the X5’s interior has top-quality materials, a sophisticated design and front- and second-row seats that are comfortable and spacious. Auto writers write that 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 moonroof, 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.
- "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
Other SUVs to Consider
Critics say the Acura MDX has a refined ride and numerous standard features, which include leather seats and a multi-view backup camera. The MDX also has a lower base price and it gets slightly better fuel economy than the base X5.
Reviewers say the Porsche Cayenne offers phenomenal handling and an opulent interior that few luxury midsize SUVs can match. Like the X5, the Cayenne is also available with a range of powerful engine choices.
Details: 2014 BMW X5
The 2014 BMW X5 seats five, though seven can be accommodated with an optional third row. Four trims are available, ranging from the rear-wheel drive X5 sDrive35i with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission, to the X5 xDrive50i, with a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 and all-wheel drive. The BMW X5 is fully redesigned for the 2014 model year.