BMW electrifies the X5 beast
The 2021 BMW X5 model year is part of the 5th generation of the X5 builds. We expect BMW to show upcoming updates to the X5 line at the Frankfurt IAA motor show in September.
BMW and most European car makers are investing heavily in hybrid technologies and looking forward we expect some evolution here. BMW is known to offer a lot of engine options, this will be not different for this model year. The xDrive45e iPerformance was recently added, we do not expect BMW to take steps back here. More EV driving range for the hybrids is to be expected as the hybrid options are getting much more important than just having the job to lower emission levels.
The first X5 launched in 1999 so we have more than 20 years of history to look back to. As of today the car is still one of the most popular BMWs sold in the US with around 50 thousand units sold annually. Worldwide production stands at almost 150k units with half of that amount being sold outside Europe and the US.
The X5 has a lot of legacy and BMW quality to bring in, but will this car be able to compete with the 2021 Kia Telluride we gave a great price / quality rating? BMW has the status and standing but might not be the price-conscious choice.
Will the electrified BMW x5 be able to compete with Tesla?
BMW is well on its way to extend the all electric range. Initially BMW focused on the electric i-line with the entry level i3 and higher end i8 models. Both i models target different markets. BMW has the added benefit of being able to offer hybrid options: the i8 can be configured with an additional gas engine. The x5 plug will be able to be used to charge at public charging stations and at home. Charging speeds will – like all electric and hybrid options – depend on the capacity of the charger.
Plug In Hybrid for additional range
This helps with possible range issues you could have. Other car brands miss the power charging networks Tesla has. This is about to change with investments like Ionity fast charging network in Europe and the installation of independent fast-charging networks around the word.
We think the all electric X5 will compete with the upcoming Tesla model Y and X. BMW can couple tradition and its strong brand with its electric aspirations. You will miss out on the novelties Tesla is offering but will have great engineering quality in hand. BMW still has to reveal its electric only option.
Electric power to the electric motor will be fueled by lithium ion batteries. The battery pack in this plug in hybrid will take some cubic feet from the trunk space. The 2021 xDrive45e iPerformance will probably still be the engine for the hybrid version. We expect a 10 speed automatic transmission system since this has become standard in this class of SUVs.
Expect a broad choice of engine options since this is common practice at BMW. For example the 50d Diesel engine with a 3.0-liter inline engine that goes to 62 mph in 5.2 seconds and reach top speeds op 146 mph to 155 mph depending on conditions. The beefy diesel has a 400 horsepower system output. There is a wide variety of 6 to 8 cylinder engine options.
Since this is a proper SUV expect an All wheel drive system.
What do current X5 users think?
Past model year reviews are often a prediction of how the future model years will perform. Reliability and other issues seem to extend to future model years. Also, it is often a good idea not to jump in the first model year of a new generation: first generation cars are more prone to production errors. We strongly believe in the predictive value of past model years.
Rivals in the same class are the Acura MDX, Lexus RX and Mercedes-Benz GLE.
Most reviewers rate the car 5 out of 5. One reviewer even compared the car to Audi Q8, Audi Q7, Range Rover Sport, Cayenne Turbo and after his test drives decided to get the X5. The combination of the smooth drive and agility made him choose the X5. The handling, drive and breaking system nears perfection.
Other users have shared that the car is a joy to drive through busy traffic. It is a moment of relaxation at the beginning and end of a working day. The seat-massaging feature is too gentle. That was one of the few negative comments we could find online. Combine the great driving pleasure, looks and interior and there is no doubt future x5 models will keep excelling.
2021 X5 price and release dates.
We expect the 2021 bmw x5 xdrive45e iperformance model to start at around $77000 and the base model at $61695. More on this Sports Activity Vehicle will be shared on the official US BMW X5 page once it hits the dealerships or motor shows. We rate the X5 at a 4/5 just because we do not like the way BMW is pricing options that have become standard on lower end SUV’s. Apple carplay for example is a paid option. Other brands have this as a standard option now.