2021 BMW X5 vs. Its Competition

2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Audi Q8 is the two-row version of the Q7 crossover and it’s just as comfortable as the X5.

The Acura MDX is a popular three-row crossover that’s new for 2022 with curvy new style and a high-performance edition.

The Cadillac XT6 is a three-row crossover from Caddy that’s handsome from the outside but doesn’t feel as special inside.

The Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is closest to the X5 in price, size, and mission.

It offers good engines, including a new V-8, and great tech.

The Volvo XC90 has plug-in hybrid technology and driftwood trim, but it’s not as efficient with its interior space.

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Quick Specs
7.2
The 2021 X5 is BMW’s best vehicle, one that does nearly everything with grace and ease.
7.0
The 2021 Audi Q8 is an expansive–and expensive–full-size luxury crossover that doesn’t cut corners, it carves them.
7.0
The 2021 Cadillac XT6 is a sharp spin on three-row family crossovers, but misses on a few details.
7.3
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class is a no-compromise SUV with excellent performance, a spacious interior, and tons of style.
7.7
Low-key luxury lies in the 2021 Volvo XC90’s serene cockpit, in its strong acceleration, and in its gray-wool confines.
6.7
The 2020 Acura MDX is a stately three-row family crossover that has aged well.
MSRP From     
$59,400$68,200$47,995$54,750$49,000$44,500
Gas Mileage     
13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-6Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric V-6Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Standard SUV 2WDN/ASport Utility VehiclesSmall SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
sDrive40i Sports Activity VehiclePremium Plus 55 TFSI quattroFWD 4-Door LuxuryGLE 350 SUVT5 FWD Momentum 7PFWD 7-Passenger
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll WheelFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
557577
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/A4N/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sports Activity Vehiclequattro Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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