The popular BMW X5 range heads into the new year largely unchanged, though it’s now missing a family member.

    A range of six- and eight-cylinder variants are on sale for 2023, with last year’s xDrive25d entry point dropped. This also means the price of entry is up by $20,000 – now starting with the xDrive30d from $126,900 plus on-road costs.

    Pricing and specifications for the local X5 line-up look to be otherwise unchanged for 2023, including a mix of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) offerings.

    Last year the BMW X5 was Australia’s most popular premium large SUV with 3111 registrations (down 2.0 per cent), though if you combine arch-rival Mercedes-Benz’s GLE Wagon and Coupe sales, the Three Pointed Star narrowly edged the X5 and related X6 SUV Coupe (3801 v 3874 units).


    • 2023 BMW X5 xDrive30d M Sport: $126,900
    • 2023 BMW X5 xDrive40i M Sport: $130,900
    • 2023 BMW X5 xDrive45e M Sport: $139,900
    • 2023 BMW X5 M50i Pure: $149,900
    • 2023 BMW X5 M50i: $164,900
    • 2023 BMW X5 M Competition: $227,900

    Prices exclude on-road costs


    A total of four powertrains are on offer in the BMW X5 for 2023.

    The xDrive30d runs a 3.0-litre inline six turbo-diesel generating 195kW (4000rpm) and 620Nm (2000-2500rpm). BMW claims a 0-100 time of 6.5 seconds.

    Next is the xDrive40i, which is powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six petrol putting out 250kW (6500rpm) and 450Nm (1500-2500rpm). This variant shaves 1.0 second off the 0-100km/h claim (5.5 seconds).

    Opting for the xDrive45e tacks on an electric motor and 24kWh lithium-ion battery to the xDrive40i’s 3.0-litre turbo inline six. In this application the 3.0-litre mill generates 210kW (5000-6000rpm) and 450Nm (1500-3500rpm) while the electric motor contributes 85kW and 265Nm.

    System outputs for the plug-in hybrid are rated at 290kW and 600Nm. BMW quotes a 0-100 time 5.6 seconds.

    M50i models score a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine outputting 390kW (6000rpm) and 750Nm (1800-4600rpm). The M Performance variant dashes to triple figures in just 4.3 seconds.

    Finally, the flagship X5 M Competition gets an even more powerful 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 making 460kW (6000rpm) and 750Nm (1800-5800rpm). This cuts the 0-100 claim to 3.8 seconds.

    All BMW X5 variants feature an eight-speed ZF automatic as standard, as well as xDrive all-wheel drive.


    • X5 xDrive30d: 7.2L/100km, 189g/km CO2
    • X5 xDrive40i: 9.2L/100km, 211g/km CO2
    • X5 xDrive45e: 2.3L/100km, 56g/km CO2
    • X5 M50i: 11.5L/100km, 263g/km CO2
    • X5 M Competition: 12.5L/100km, 285g/km CO2

    BMW claims the xDrive45e PHEV can travel up to 88 kilometres per charge of its 24kWh (gross) battery pack.

    Fuel tank capacities vary depending on the powertrain variant. X5 xDrive30d versions get an 80L tank, while petrol models up that to 83L. The PHEV’s fuel tank is a little smaller, at 69 litres.

    All models feature idle stop/start technology.


    The BMW X5 measures 4922mm long, 1745mm tall and 2004mm wide on a 2975mm wheelbase. The X5 M Competition is 4938mm long, 1748mm tall and 2015mm wide.

    Boot space is 650L behind the second row for non-hybrid models, expanding to 1870L with it folded.

    The X5 PHEV offers 500L with the second row in place, expanding to 1720L with it folded.

    Servicing and Warranty

    As of October 1, 2022, all new BMW vehicles are covered by a five-year, unlimited kilometre warranty. No longer does BMW lag behind arch rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz, nor the likes of Genesis, Lexus and Volvo.

    Owners also receive complimentary 24/7 roadside assistance for three years with purchase as well.

    In terms of scheduled maintenance, BMW Australia offers Service Inclusive pre-paid packages that cover the first five years or 80,000 kilometres – whichever comes first.

    The standard Service Inclusive Basic costs $2750 for the core X5 range.


    The X5 wears a five-star ANCAP safety rating with 2018 date stamp, based on tests conducted by Euro NCAP.

    However, this rating only covers 3.0-litre petrol and diesel models, with plug-in hybrid and V8 variants remaining ‘unrated’.

    The X5 scored 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 assists.

    Standard safety equipment includes:

    • 7 airbags incl. driver’s knee
    • Driving Assistance Professional
      • Adaptive cruise with stop/go
      • Front, rear cross-traffic alert
      • Steering & Lane Control Assistant
      • Lane keep assist
      • Side Collision Warning
      • Lane Change Assistant
      • Crossroads warning
      • Evasion Aid
    • High beam assist
    • Parking Assistant Plus
      • Active Park Distance Control rear (sensors)
      • Reversing Assistant
      • Surround View (360 cameras)
      • Panorama View
      • 3D View
    • Speed Limiter
    • Speed Limit Info

    X5 xDrive45e adds:

    • Acoustic protection for pedestrians

    Standard Equipment

    X5 xDrive30d highlights:

    • M Sport Package
    • 20-inch M light alloy wheels
    • Adaptive 2-axle aur suspension, self-levelling
    • Panorama glass sunroof
    • M Aerodynamics package
    • M High-gloss Shadow Line
    • M Roof rails in high-gloss Shadow Line
    • Adaptive LED headlights
    • LED tail lights
    • Electric folding side mirrors
      • Heated
      • Anti-dazzle function (driver)
      • Auto dipping function (passenger)
    • BMW Live Cockpit Professional
      • 12.3-inch instrument display
      • 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment
    • Satellite navigation
    • Voice control
    • USB-A + USB-C ports in Row 1
    • 2 x USB-C ports in Row 2
    • DAB+ radio
    • 10-speaker HiFi audio, 205W amplifier
    • Wireless smartphone charging
    • Vernasca leather upholstery
    • Door sill finishers with M designation, front
    • Aluminium ‘Mesheffect’ interior trim finishers
    • M leather steering wheel
    • Anthracite headliner
    • Instrument panel in Sensatec leatherette
    • Auto tailgate
    • 2.5-zone climate control
    • Electric front seats incl. driver memory
    • Heated front seats
    • Comfort Access
    • BMW Digital Key
    • Floor mats in velour
    • Sports seats, front
    • 40:20:40 2nd row backrest
    • BMW ConnectedDrive
      • Intelligent Emergency Call
      • TeleServices
      • Wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
      • Vehicle apps (News, Weather)*
      • BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant*
      • Connected Package Professional*

    *3-year subsciption

    X5 xDrive45e adds:

    • Mode 2 charging cable for home socket (1.8kW)
    • Mode 3 charging cable for charging stations
    • Hybrid mode button
    • eDrive Services

    X5 M50i Pure adds:

    • M Sport Exhaust system
    • M Sport differential
    • 22-inch M light alloy wheels
    • M exterior elements in Cerium Grey
    • Door sill finishers with M50i designation

    X5 M50i adds:

    • Adaptive M Suspension Professional
      • incl. anti-roll stabilisation
    • BMW Laserlight incl. BMW Selective Beam
    • Metallic paint
    • M headliner anthracite
    • BMW Individual instrument panel, leather
    • M Interior trim finishes in Aluminium Tetragon
    • 4-zone climate control
    • Heated, cooled front cupholders
    • Auto soft-close function for doors
    • 16-speaker harman/kardon surround sound
      • incl. 464W digital amplifier

    X5 M Competition adds:

    • M light cast alloy wheels
      • 21-inch front, 22-inch rear
    • M specific exterior mirrors in Black
    • Panorama glass sunroof
    • M Compound Brake system
    • Merino full leather interior
    • M Gear selector
    • M Interior trim in Aluminium Crossline
    • M Multifunctional seats with integrated headrests


    Enhancement Package: $5400 (xDrive30d, xDrive40i)

    • 22-inch BMW light alloy wheels
      • 3 designs available
    • M Sport Exhaust system
    • Metallic paint

    Indulgence Package: $7000 (N/A M50i Pure)

    • Active seat ventilation, front
    • Comfort seats, front
    • ‘Crafted Clarity’ glass trim application
    • Seat heating, front and rear
    • Massage function, front seats

    Indulgence Package: $7000 (X5 M)

    • Ambient Air Package
    • Panorama glass roof Skylounge
    • Active seat ventilation, front
    • Seat heating, front and rear
    • Heat comfort package, front
    • Massage function, front seats
    • BMW Drive Recorder
    • Roller blind rear windows

    M Carbon Package: $8500

    • M Carbon engine cover
    • M Carbon mirror caps

    An extended range of options and packages are available. See the online specification guide or your preferred BMW dealer for more information.


    • Alpine White
    • M Carbon Black*
    • Black Sapphire*
    • Mineral White*
    • Phytonic Blue*
    • Arctic Grey Brilliant Effect*
    • Manhattan*
    • BMW Individual Dravit Grey**
    • BMW Individual Tanzanite Blue**
    • BMW Individual Ametrine**

    *Metallic paint $2000 extra
    **BMW Individual Metallic $4600 extra

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    James Wong

    James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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