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Used BMW X5

When it comes to high-performance luxury cars, there is one name that towers above the rest - BMW. This German manufacturer made its name with its iconic sports sedans, but today its best-selling models are its luxurious and athletic Sports Activity Vehicles (as BMW calls its SUV models). The first of these SAVs was the BMW X5, which hit the market back in 2000. Today, a used BMW X5 makes for an affordable and practical way to enjoy the ultimate driving experience that only a BMW can offer.

Having been in production for 20 years now, the BMW X5 is a relatively common sight on the used market. Further, the four generations and many variants of this model mean that it is possible to find a used BMW X5 to fit nearly any budget. From older base trims all the way up to recent model years packed with luxury features, there are plenty of options to choose from.

A closeup shows the grille of a white 2019 used BMW X5 from a low angle.

 

Perhaps the best value on the used market is a BMW X5 from the 2014 to 2018 model years. Not only is this period the sweet spot for used vehicles in general, but it represents the third generation of the BMW X5. This was the first generation of the BMW X5 to offer frontal crash prevention and a hybrid powertrain, among various other modern features.

However, if you are looking for a more affordable used model, the second and even first generations of the BMW X5 are well worth considering. While they may not be as technologically advanced as later models, they offer a pure BMW driving experience. Models from 2011 and later will give you a selection of powerful turbocharged engines, while vehicles from before that year come with rugged naturally-aspirated engines.

No matter which model year and trim of the BMW X5 you settle on, you will enjoy precision-engineering and luxury features in a practical package. While there are many competitors to BMW, none of them provide the same performance spirit. A used BMW X5 is the perfect way to experience that spirit at an affordable price.

A dark blue 2019 BMW X5 is parked on a city street at night.

What Engine Does the BMW X5 Have?

All four generations of the BMW X5 have been powered by a standard inline-6 engine and have had the option of a more powerful V8 engine. A diesel engine was available from 2009 to 2018, and a hybrid option was introduced for 2016. However, the exact engine specifications of the BMW X5 will depend on the model year in question.

When shopping for a used BMW X5, you will have a large number of engine options to choose from. These range from the original 3.0L inline-6 that produces 225 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque, all the way up to the latest 4.4L turbocharged V8 with its 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. You can even occasionally find used high-performance M-Series versions of this car that offer even more power. However, no matter which engine you settle on, a used BMW X5 will provide an exceptional driving experience.

The first generation of the BMW X5 was introduced in 2000 and was sold with either a 3.0L inline-6 or a 4.4L V8, setting a pattern that has been followed by every succeeding generation. The base six-cylinder engine produces 225 hp and 214 lb-ft of torque, while the larger eight-cylinder generates 282 hp and 324 lb-ft of torque. There is also a 4.6L V8 with 340 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque that was available from 2002 to 2003, before being replaced by an even larger 4.8L V8 with 355 hp and 360 lb-ft of torque.

When the second-generation BMW X5 hit the streets in 2007, it came with either a 3.0L inline-6 producing 260 hp and 225 lb-ft of torque or a 4.8L V8 with 350 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. In 2009 a brand-new 3.0L inline-6 diesel engine was added to the lineup. This fuel-efficient option churns out 265 hp and 425 lb-ft of torque, making it an excellent choice for towing.

The 2011 refresh of the BMW X5 replaced both of the gasoline engines with all-new turbocharged options. The base engine remained a 3.0L inline-6, but it now produced 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. The optional V8 shrank slightly to 4.4L, but the output increased to 400 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. All BMW X5 engines after 2011 would be turbocharged for greater power and efficiency.

Introduced in 2014, the third-generation BMW X5 kept the same three-engine lineup as the preceding generation. However, while the 4.4L V8 boosted to 445 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, the base inline-6 kept the same power numbers as the previous year, and the diesel option dropped slightly to 255 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. In 2016 a fourth engine was added - an all-new plug-in hybrid powertrain that combined a 2.0L turbocharged engine with a lithium-ion battery back. This system produces 308 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque and can travel 14 miles of battery power alone.

The fourth-generation of the BMW X5 was unveiled for 2019 and is still quite rare in the used market. While the diesel engine was dropped from the lineup, the gasoline options received a bump in performance. The base 3.0L inline-6 produces 335 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque, while the optional 4.4L V8 generates 456 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. The hybrid option was late to the market, arriving for 2020, but was entirely redesigned with a 3.0L engine that delivers 394 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque.

The rear of a white 2019 used BMW X5 is shown while parked on a city street.

What Luxury Features Can Be Found in a BMW X5?

The BMW X5 is filled with luxury features, including twenty-way power-adjustable seats, a panoramic moonroof, four-zone automatic climate control, automatic dimming mirrors, and multiple driver memory settings. Infotainment features include dual 12.3” screens, BMW’s voice-activated assistant, and sixteen-speaker premium audio. However, the exact features will, of course, depend on the packages, trim level, and model year of the BMW X5 in question.

While the technology may seem primitive by modern standards, even the original BMW X5 from the 2000 model year offered modern features such as navigation, a reverse camera, parking sensors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Since then, the list of luxury features has only grown, and more recent models will astound you with their level of technology and physical comforts. While BMW may build the most performance-oriented luxury vehicles, they are undeniably luxury vehicles.

The fourth-generation BMW X5, which is the most common version on the used market, boasts an interior that can compete with any modern car. With a standard 10.2” infotainment screen that offers built-in navigation and 360-degree camera views, the 2014 model year does not feel like a six-year-old car. Throw in the meticulous build quality and top of the line interior materials, including leather and wood trim, and you have yourself a vehicle that will turn every ride into a relaxing experience.

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