The 2018 BMW X5 marks the tail end of the SAV’s third generation, with a makeover announced for 2019. BMW jumped into the U.S. SUV market in 2000 with the first X5, which the company called a “Sports Activity Vehicle.” For 2018, the X5 comes in six trim levels: sDrive35i (starting at $57,200); xDrive35i (starting at $59,500); xDrive35d (starting at $61,000); xDrive35e (starting at $63,750); xDrive50i (starting at $74,050); and M (starting at $101,700). 35i models get a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline six-cylinder engine; 35d models use a twin-turbo diesel; 35e models use a 2.0-liter twin-turbo inline four-cylinder engine and integrated electric motor; and 50i and M models come with twin-turbo V8 engines. Seating for five is standard; an optional third row pushes that capacity to seven. Final assembly takes place in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
As broad as the mid-size premium X5 lineup is, we’ve identified 10 BMW X5 competitors for 2018.