The 2021 BMW X5 is a midsize luxury SUV that hits the sweet spot with its perfect combination of exciting performance, cutting-edge technology features, and sophisticated cabin. If you visit a dealership like the BMW dealer near Santa Maria, you’ll have three powertrains to choose from, including a high-performance twin-turbocharged V8 and a plug-in hybrid. Drivers love the 2021 X5’s sporty handling. On the outside, the X5 will turn more than a few heads with its attractive styling. Inside, the driver and passengers are treated to high-quality materials and comfy seating.
According to the Santa Maria area BMW dealerships, the BMW X5 is offered in four trim levels: sDrive40i, xDrive40i, xDrive45e and X5 M50i. There’s also a performance M variant, not reviewed here. All models except the base sDrive40i come standard with all-wheel drive. The 2021 X5 seats five in its standard configuration; however, an available third row increases seating capacity to seven. All models get an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The BMW X5 sDrive40i and xDrive40i are powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that generates 335 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque.
The X5 xDrive45e is new this year. This plug-in hybrid is equipped with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine that works in tandem with electric motors to develop a total of 389 hp. The range is estimated at 30 miles with all-electric driving.
The M50i is motivated by a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that blasts out 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque.
EPA-estimated fuel economy is rated at 21 mpg city/26 mpg highway for the 40i models with rear-wheel drive and 21 mpg city/25 mpg highway with all-wheel drive.* The xDrive45e checks in with 50 MPGe for electric driving and 20 mpg combined with gas. The M50i returns 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway.
The 2021 BMW remains a favorite among automotive reviewers. Autoblog writes: “The 2021 BMW X5 remains a strong competitor in the luxury midsize crossover segment. Two model years into its newest generation, it still feels fresh in terms of style and technology, while offering a driving experience that’s comfortable and refined. ... The X5 gives the segment’s high-tech frontrunner, the Mercedes-Benz GLE, a run for its money. All in, the X5 is absolutely not to be missed if you’re shopping for a midsize luxury SUV.”
Standard features for the sDrive40i and xDrive40i include heated front seats, keyless entry, remote engine start, simulated leather upholstery, a power-adjustable steering column, automatic climate control, a hands-free power tailgate, a panoramic moonroof and a universal garage remote. Standard technology features include a 12.3-inch central touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 205-watt audio system with 10 speakers, and navigation.
Standard safety features include blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, frontal collision warning and lane-departure warning. The IIHS gave the 2021 BW X5 its top score of Good in all crash tests.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2021 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.