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89 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

BMW threw all its new tech into one car and the result is a better X5 that might actually go off-road.

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Pros
  • Off-road mode
  • Easier to use infotainment system
  • Added lane-change and reverse out of parking space semi-autonomous features
  • Heated and cooled cup holders
Cons
  • Lane keep assist is overly aggressive
  • No Android Auto support
89 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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Score Breakdown

 
80
Average Critic Score
 
80
Edmunds
Thanks to its well-rounded nature, the BMW X5 is a smart choice for a luxury crossover SUV.
 
70
The Car Connection
The 2018 BMW X5 remains a thoughtful crossover SUV for families, although enthusiasts may be left wanting unless the right options are selected.
 
80
Pocket-Lint
The BMW X5 is great fun to drive and offers good powerful engines and a slick gearbox, with lots of interior space. But the lack of a PHEV at launch, subscription based CarPlay and lack of Android Auto takes the shine off what is an otherwise great offering.
 
80
Cars.com
There are a few downsides to the X5, with the main one being interior space. It's just not as roomy as some rival crossovers with third-row seats. Some of those rivals have fresher and newer designs, too. But overall we think the X5 is a solid pick if you want a luxury vehicle that offers a great combination of performance and utility.
 
90
Kelley Blue Book
The X5’s benefits don’t come cheap. Prices start over $58,000, and you’ll easily spend more with options. Rivals like the Acura MDX, Volvo XC90 and Infiniti QX60 can be had for much less, with that last one starting nearly $14,000 cheaper. If you regularly need a third row, wait for the 2019 BMW X7 or opt for the QX60, MDX or a full-size SUV.