The 2021 BMW X5 is available with a choice of two diesel powertrains, two petrols, and a plug-in hybrid, plus a petrol-powered M Competition flagship.

    UPDATE, 11/08/21 – BMW has confirmed price changes to the X5 after the Luxury Car Tax threshold changed on July 1, 2021.

    It was Australia’s best-selling large luxury SUV last year, edging out its arch-rival the Mercedes-Benz GLE wagon (2956 v 2854 sales).

    Those seeking a more distinctive if less practical BMW SUV this size should find the related X6 to their liking.


    • 2021 BMW X5 xDrive25d: $104,400 (-$500)
    • 2021 BMW X5 xDrive30d: $121,900
    • 2021 BMW X5 xDrive40i: $124.900
    • 2021 BMW X5 xDrive45e: $135,400 (-$500)
    • 2021 BMW X5 M50i Pure: $142,900
    • 2021 BMW X5 M50i: $157,900
    • 2021 BMW X5 M Competition: $212,900

    All prices exclude on-road costs.


    The 2021 BMW X5 xDrive25d is powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine producing 170kW of power and 450Nm of torque.

    The xDrive30d uses a 3.0-litre inline-six turbo-diesel producing 195kW of power and 620Nm of torque.

    The xDrive40i uses a 3.0-litre inline-six turbo-petrol producing 250kW and 450Nm, while the xDrive45e adds a plug-in hybrid system for a total output of 290kW and 600Nm.

    M50i-badged models step up to a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 producing 390kW and 750Nm, while the range-topping X5 M has a bump in power to 450kW.

    All models use an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.

    The xDrive25d does the 0-100km/h sprint in 7.5 seconds while the xDrive30d does it in 6.5 seconds, the xDrive40i in 5.5 seconds, the xDrive45e in 5.6 seconds, the M50i Pure and M50i in 4.3 seconds and the M Competition in 3.8 seconds.

    Fuel Economy

    The 2021 BMW X5 uses 6.7L/100km in the xDrive25d on the combined cycle, the xDrive30d uses 7.2L/100km, the xDrive40i in 9.2L/100km, the M50i models use 11.5L/100km and the M Competition uses 12.5L/100km.

    The xDrive45e uses 2.3L/100km and has an electric-only range of 87km on the stricter WLTP cycle.


    The 2021 BMW X5 measures 4922mm long, 1745mm tall and 2004mm wide on a 2975mm wheelbase.

    The M Competition is 4938mm long, 1748mm tall and 2015mm wide.

    Boot space is 650L behind the second row, expanding to 1870L with it folded.

    Servicing and Warranty

    The 2021 BMW X5 is covered by a three-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty.

    BMW offers a five-year/80,000km servicing plan for X5 models priced at $2250. It covers the replacement of fluids and filters, though the replacement of brake pads and discs and wiper blades is covered only under a more expensive Plus plan, priced at $5950.


    The BMW X5 has a five-star rating from ANCAP based on testing conducted by Euro NCAP in 2018.

    It received a score of 89 per cent for adult occupant protection, 87 per cent for child occupant protection, 75 per cent for vulnerable road user protection and 71 per cent for safety assist.

    All 2021 BMW X5 models come standard with the following safety equipment:

    • Blind-spot monitoring
    • Front and rear cross-traffic alert
    • Lane-keep assist
    • Reversing camera
    • Rear parking sensors
    • Surround-view camera
    • Adaptive cruise control with stop/go
    • Front and front-side airbags
    • Curtain airbags for the first and second rows
    • Driver’s knee airbag

    Standard Equipment

    The xDrive25d comes standard with the following equipment:

    • 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system
    • Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
    • Satellite navigation
    • 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
    • DAB+ digital radio
    • Wireless phone charging
    • 10-speaker sound system
    • Adaptive suspension
    • Adaptive LED headlights
    • Automatic high-beam
    • Head-up display
    • Heated, power-folding exterior mirrors
    • Keyless entry and start
    • Ambient lighting
    • Leatherette upholstery
    • Power tailgate
    • Heated front sports seats
    • Dual-zone climate control with rear vents
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • 20-inch alloy wheels

    The M Sport package, optional on the xDrive25d, adds:

    • Panoramic sunroof
    • Vernasca leather upholstery
    • M Sport brakes
    • Adaptive M suspension
    • M Sport exterior appearance package

    On seven-seat vehicles, it adds adaptive air suspension and deletes the panoramic glass sunroof.

    The xDrive30d and xDrive40i add the following:

    • M Sport brakes
    • Adaptive M suspension
    • Vernasca leather upholstery
    • Panoramic sunroof
    • Sensatec-wrapped instrument panel
    • Mesheffect interior trim
    • M Sport exterior appearance package

    Optional on the xDrive30d is the xOffroad package, which adds:

    • Extended front underbody protection
    • Mechanical differential lock
    • Off-road driving modes
    • Adaptive air suspension

    The xDrive30d’s Enhancement Package adds:

    • 22-inch alloy wheels
    • M Sport exhaust

    The xDrive45e adds:

    • Adaptive air suspension with automatic self-levelling

    The M50i Pure adds:

    • 22-inch alloy wheels
    • M Sport exhaust
    • M Sport differential

    The M50i adds:

    • BMW Laserlight headlights
    • 16-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system
    • Soft-close doors
    • Leather-wrapped instrument panel
    • Four-zone climate control

    The M Competition adds:

    • Merino leather upholstery
    • 21-inch (front) and 22-inch (rear) alloy wheels
    • Active M differential
    • Active exhaust
    • Adaptive M suspension
    • BMW Gesture Control

    BMW offers a wide range of additional options.

    The Indulgence Package, available on the xDrive30d, xDrive40i, M50i and M Competition, adds:

    • Soft-close doors
    • Ventilated front seats
    • Massaging front seats
    • Heated front and rear seats
    • Skylounge panoramic glass roof (M Competition)

    Options on all bar the M50i Pure include:

    • Skylounge panoramic glass sunroof
    • Ventilated front seats
    • Heated rear seats
    • Rear-seat entertainment package
    • 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system
    • BMW Gesture Control
    • BMW Night Vision with pedestrian recognition

    Extended Merino leather upholstery is available on all bar the M50i Pure, with leather used on the front and rear seats, front seatbacks, front doors and centre armrest.

    Standalone options on the xDrive25d, xDrive30d, xDrive40i and xDrive45e include:

    • Third row seating with adaptive air suspension
    • BMW Laserlight headlights
    • 16-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system

    Remote start is also optional on the xDrive40i, M50i and M Competition.

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    William Stopford

    William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel, briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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