The 2018 BMW X5 is a benchmark for luxury crossover SUVs. It combines the attributes you normally find in BMW sedans and full utilities. A wide selection of machines and packages ensures buyers can find the exact configuration that suits their needs.
Engine options such as a turbocharged six-cylinder, efficient and powerful diesel six-cylinder, plug-in hybrids and powerful V8. No matter what is under the hood, the 2018 BMW X5 provides a comfortable ride experience and sporty handling. And plus the X5 xDrive system provides extra traction in wet weather or occasional off-raod trips.
Nevertheless, there are some shortcomings in 2018 BMW X5, the main one is interior space. It’s not as wide as some rival crossovers that provide third row seats. Some rivals also have fresher and newer designs. But overall, the X5 is the right choice if you want a luxury vehicle to have a great combination of performance and utility.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 BMW X5 is a midsize luxury SUV offered in four trim level: 35i, 35d, 40e and 50i. Five-passenger is standard but can be upgraded to seven with an optional third-row seat.
Standard equipment for the 35i and 35d models include 19-inch wheels, LED foglights, adaptive xenon headlights, automatic wipers, front and rear parking sensors, auto-dimming mirrors, power-folding and heated mirrors, roof rails, a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, dual-zone automatic climate control, driver-seat memory functions, a power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, heated and power-adjustable front seats, premium vinyl upholstery, 40/20/40-split folding rear seats, a 10.2-inch central display screen, BMW Assist emergency communications, a navigation system, BMW iDrive infotainment interface, voice controls and a nine-speaker sound system.
The 2018 BMW X5 40e plug-in hybrid adds adjustable suspension dampers and rear air suspension, hybrid instrumentation and additional iDrive menu items. The X5 50i get the features from the 35i plus keyless ignition and entry, four-zone climate control, upgraded front seats, leather upholstery and 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system.
Options include the Luxury, xLine and M Sport equipment lines that have unique color schemes, wheel up to 20 inches, trim and upholstery types. The M Sport also includes shift paddles and sport front seats.
The optional Premium package for all except the 50i adds four-zone climate control, keyless ignition and entry satellite radio. The Luxury Seating package adds multi-contour front seats with ventilation.
The Driver Assistance package adds a head-up display and rearview camera to 35i and 35d models and required for the Driver Assistance Plus package, which adds adaptive cruise control, a variety advanced safety features and a surround-view camera.
The Dynamic Handling package for xDrive models adds a rear air suspension, adaptive dampers and a body-roll mitigation. The Lighting package upgraded adaptive LED headlights and automatic high-beam headlight control.
Other options for the 2018 BMW X5 include rear windows manual sunshades, upgraded leather upholstery, upgraded interior trim, Apple CarPlay and a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system. Every the X5 except the hybrid can be added with fore/aft and recline adjustment second-row seats and a third-row seat. A night-vision camera system and rear-seat entertainment system is also available.
Powering 2018 BMW X5 35i is a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine that generates 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission are standard and sends power to the rear wheels (sDrive) or four wheels (xDrive). The EPA estimates fuel economy at 21 mpg combined (18 city/25 highway) for RWD and the 20 mpg combined (18 city/24 highway) for AWD. These numbers are about average among competing SUV. In performance test, an X5 xDrive 35i hit 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds, which is quick for the class.
The 2018 BMW X5 xDrive35d get a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine good for 255 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. BMW estimates it will reach 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. Fuel economy estimates rated at 25 mpg combined (23 city/29 highway).
The xDrive40e plug-in hybrid uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor paired with a 9-kWh battery pack. It also gets a modified eight-speed automatic transmission. Together they produce output 308 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. BMW claims the hybrid will hit 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and deliver 14 miles of electric-only. The EPA rates this model at 54 mpg equivalent in gas/electric mode and 24 mpg combined on gas only.
The 2018 BMW xDrive50i is powered by a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine that produces 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. BMW estimates it will reach 60 mph in only 4.9 seconds. EPA estimates fuel economy at 17 mpg combined (15 city/21 highway). Properly equipped, the X5 can tow up to 6,000 pounds.
If you have ever had a BMW, you will probably be very familiar with the 2018 X5 look, style and function, because that is one of the best. There are many high quality materials, and they all blend with the best build quality. The standard seats are well shaped and comfortable for long-distance travel. The optional 16-way multicontour seat is one of the most comfortable in any car. The second row seats are also comfortable, although there is less leg space compared to some competitors. That also applies to the optional third row, narrow even for kids.
Controls and gauges are very well placed, easy to operate and read. BMW iDrive control interface may take some time to get used, but in a short time it will be very easy, assisted by the touchpad on the controller button that receives handwriting input.
The 2018 BMW X5 also benefits for its two-section power liftgate with its fold-down lower section that provides a useful place to sit for tailgating as well as also helps in load large items.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 BMW X5 has available now at US dealers across the country. The sDrive35i prices starts at $57,945 and the xDrive35i at $60,245.
The xDrive35d diesel base prices start from $61,745. The xDrive40e plug-in hybrid cost $64,495, and the top-rage xDrive50i V-8 start at $74,795 .