Welcome the Stylish New 2016 BMW X5

We at Auto & Generals somehow find the Audi crossovers oozing out more strength and presence when compared to the BMW crossovers. Well, we are not generalizing it, but crossovers from Audi seem to have stronger road presence and mightier stance when compared to the crossovers from BMW. Yet, we like both equally. Today we take on to review the stylish new 2016 BMW X5. It looks pretty smart, handles pretty well and feels great from inside. Let’s see what it has in store overall.



The 2016 BMW X5 has a great handling, just like other sports sedans from the automaker. The base and standard engine is an inline-six producing 300 hp. There are two optional engines available – a twin-turbo V8 producing 445 hp and an inline-six turbodiesel producing 255 hp. Base model gets rear-wheel drive; upper trims get all-wheel drive. Transmission is standard at 8-speed in all the trims. The X5 is more known for its great visibility and ample cargo space. A couple of downsides are the vague brake pedal and high price.

Let’s know a bit more about the X5.

Exterior, Interior, Features

As said above, the X5 looks pretty smart from outside. Visibility from the driver’s seat is great due to the angle given to the bonnet. Front, sides, and rear ooze out a typical BMW car appearance.

The 2016 X5 is over 190 inches in length with a width of 76.3 inches. With a wheelbase of 115.5 inches, it stands nearly 70 inches tall. It weighs 4,680 lbs and can accommodate 5 decently-sized people.

Exteriors get all the standard BMW features like express open/close sliding & tilting glass 1st & 2nd row sunroof with power sunshade, power heated auto dimming side mirrors with power folding, fixed rear window with fixed interval wiper and defroster, speed-sensitive rain-detecting variable intermittent wipers with heated jets, lip spoiler, power liftgate rear cargo access, roof rack rails only, fully automatic projector beam high intensity low/high beam daytime running auto-leveling directionally adaptive headlamps with delay-off, front fog lamps, cornering lights, approach lights, and LED brakelights.

Inside looks cool, giving a rich feel. Again, you get all the standard internal features that you expect from a car of this segment. Some of the features are front bucket seats including 10-way power-adjustable front seats with 4-way lumbar support and memory system for driver’s seat, steering wheel and outside mirrors, power front seats, heated front seats, 40-20-40 folding split-bench rear seat, power tilt/telescoping steering column, BMW Online Full Service Internet Access, sport steering wheel with auto tilt-away, front cigar lighter(s), ashtray, proximity key for push button start only, remote keyless entry with integrated key transmitter, 4 door curb/courtesy, illuminated entry and panic button, garage door transmitter, cruise control, dual-zone front automatic air conditioning with steering-mounted controls, and HVAC including underseat ducts, residual heat recirculation and console ducts.

The list isn’t over yet. The interior also has an illuminated locking glove box, day-night auto-dimming rearview mirror, driver & passenger visor vanity mirrors with driver & passenger illumination, front & rear map lights, fade-to-off interior lighting, cargo area concealed storage, roll-up cargo cover, cargo space lights, FOB controls for trunk, windows and sunroof. Additionally, you get a tracker system with smart device integration, navigation system, and memory settings for head restraints.

Wait, we aren’t done yet. The passengers can also enjoy a power anti-whiplash with tilt front head restraints and manual adjustable rear head restraints and lumbar support. Also included are perimeter alarm, engine immobilizer, and four 12V DC power outlets.

Entertainment, Etc.

The BMW X5 gets all the standard gauges that are present in other models from the automaker, namely speedometer, odometer, engine coolant temperature, tachometer, trip odometer, trip computer, systems monitor, and outside temperature gauge.

Obviously, it will keep you entertained and connected, always. Here are the entertainment and infotainment features that X5 boasts for. You get a radio with anti-theft AM/FM stereo with CD/MP3 player. Additionally, the radio comes with clock, steering-wheel controls and voice activation, wireless streaming, Hi-Fi sound system, satellite radio preparation, enhanced USB & Bluetooth, and real-time traffic display.

Engine and Performance

The 2016 BMW X5 is available in four trims with three engine options. The base is a real-wheel drive 3.0-liter inline-6 engine churning out 300 bhp of power at 5,800 rpm and maximum torque of 300 lb-ft at 1,300 rpm. Transmission is 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode.

Other engine options are a twin-turbo V8 producing 445hp and a turbodiesel inline-six producing 255 hp. Also available is a plug-in hybrid that combines a turbo four-cylinder with an electric motor for 308 hp.

The X5 reaches from 0 mph to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and can achieve top speed of 127 mph.

Fuel Economy

The 2016 BMW X5 has a huge fuel tank capacity of approximately 22.4 gallons, taking its highway cruising range beyond 550 miles. The estimated fuel economy for highway is 25 mpg and the same for city is 18 mpg.

The electric-only range of plug-in hybrid is just 14 miles. As mentioned before, it combines a turbo four-cylinder with an electric motor producing 308 hp.

Safety Features

The 2016 BMW X5 is again as safe as it can get. Some of the safety features included are 4-wheel disc brakes with 4-wheel ABS, front & rear vented discs, brake assist, hill hold control, and electric parking brake.

Outside, you get a power heated auto-dimming side mirrors with power folding and turn signal indicators, fully automatic projector beam high intensity low/high beam daytime running auto-leveling directionally adaptive headlamps with delay-off, and front fog lamps.

Added are a power tilt/telescoping steering column, Dsc-X Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Roll Stability Control (RSC), and ABS and Driveline Traction Control. For additional safety, you get side impact beams, dual-stage driver & passenger seat-mounted side airbags, BMW Assist eCall Emergency S.O.S., front & rear parking sensors, tire-specific low tire pressure warning, dual-stage driver & passenger front airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row airbags, and airbag occupancy sensor.

Some of the optional safety features/packages are Driver Assistance Package, Driver Assistance Plus, Rear-view Camera, Surround View, and Night Vision with Pedestrian Detection.

Pricing and Availability

As mentioned above, the 2016 is available in 4 trims with 3 engine options and a plug-in hybrid. The base price of 2016 BMW X5 is $55,695 and goes up to $72,495.

The production and deliveries are on its way and you just have to call your nearest BMW dealership to confirm the availability of trim you wish to check out.

Final Verdict

The 2016 BMW X5 is stylish, vibrant, spacious, and has ample features to give you a comfortable and safe ride. It is a nice car, only if you do not look at any competition. It is slightly pricier for what all you get in this budget. The braking ability of this car is still under question, so is the presence of a vague brake pedal. It has a nice appearance to it, but it can’t make you stand out of the crowd.

Well, there are some alternatives available to BMW X5 that can be checked out. While some are slightly pricier, the others are more affordable. In the segment of mid-size luxury crossovers, you can check out cars like Porsche Cayenne, Maserati Levante, Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe, Mercedes-Benz GLE-class, and Infiniti QX70.

Well, another wiser option can be the successor – the BMW X6 – for it, too, has somewhat same pricing.

We at Auto & Generals try to help people take right and informed decision for buying luxury cars. Our full-fledged reviews cover almost everything about the car, right from its features, specs to prices and trims. Hope you liked our review of 2016 BMW X5. We love feedbacks, and would like to have one from you. Please feel free to write to us. Also, do not forget to share the reviews with other car enthusiasts. Drive safe and take care.

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