2018 BMW X5 vs. Its Competition

2018 BMW X5
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

BMW’s just-right size approach to the X5 means it makes a lot of sense as a five-seater, and a bit less with three rows.

If you regularly carry more than five, the Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7 work exceptionally well.

The XC90 is dripping with personality and class, although its powertrains aren’t as refined as those in the BMW.

The Q7 is at the opposite end of the spectrum: so nearly perfect that it can be almost forgettable.

For five-seaters, the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class lineup lacks little and can be a bit cheaper than the BMW X5.

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport offers a third row that, frankly, you don’t want, but it is so polished on and off-road that you’ll forget all about that demerit.

If your weekend cabin is well off the beaten path, head straight to your Lexus dealer for a GX 460.

It’s not as pleasant on the highway as any of its rivals, but its trucky roots mean it can go much further.

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Quick Specs
The 2018 BMW X5 remains a thoughtful crossover SUV for families, although enthusiasts may be left wanting unless the right options are selected.
The 2018 Audi Q7 delivers exactly what luxury buyers want: room for the whole family and some of the most advanced technology ever fitted to a new car.
The 2018 Cadillac Escalade is aging, but it can still hold its own among other luxury SUVs.
The 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Sport is near the top of the luxury SUV mountain—mostly because it can climb there without trouble.
The Lexus GX 460 pairs scads of off-road hardware with lots of luxury trim, but most drivers will be better off with a crossover.
The 2018 Volvo XC90 is the crossover success that brought new buyers into the brand. Its mix of good looks and excellent tech make it a major player now.
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Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas V8Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-8Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
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sDrive35i Sports Activity Vehicle2.0 TFSI Premium2WD 4-DoorV6 Supercharged SEGX 460 4WDT5 FWD 7-Passenger Momentum
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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