2018 BMW X5

Since its debut in 1999, the BMW X5 has been one of the most lauded midsize luxury SUVs on the market. In fact, U.S. News and World Report called the 2018 model the best luxury 3-row SUV for families. If you're shopping for a pre-owned BMW, the X5 is a great value and an exceptional choice.

BMW X5 History

With the 2019 model year, the X5 enters its fourth generation just as it celebrates its 20th birthday. The original X5 was the first SUV in the BMW lineup, though it was classified as a Sports Activity Vehicle since it wasn't specifically designed for off-roading. Despite its age, this first generation of the X5 can be upgraded with technologies such as Bluetooth.

The second generation, which was released in the U.S. in November 2006, marks the debut of the brand's iDrive infotainment interface, which is still used today.

The third generation runs from the 2013 to 2018 model years and is distinguished as the third best-selling vehicle in the BMW lineup.

Appearance Over Time

The first-generation X5 was one of the first SUVs to shift from a truck-based to a unibody car platform--in this case, the same platform as BMW's 5 Series luxury sedan.

The second-generation X5 was the first BMW to accommodate seven passengers thanks to its all-new third row. However, although it was enlarged to accommodate this extra space, the overall appearance of the X5 remained the same.

The third generation shares a chassis and wheelbase with its predecessor.

Performance Updates

The original X5, available with both a manual and automatic transmission, is equipped with all-wheel drive. It also featured Land Rover technologies, Hill Descent System and Off-Road Engine Management, as the manufacturer was then owned by BMW. Drivers can choose between V6, V8, and diesel engines depending on the specific model year.

The second generation brought the first high-performance trim to the X5 lineup, featuring the first M Power V-8 Turbo engine boasting an incredible 555 horses. The M Dynamic Performance Control handling system was also new for the second generation.

The third generation expands the engine lineup even further to an astonishing six choices, which means you can opt for power, fuel economy, or any combination thereof when purchasing an X5 of recent vintage. This is also the first X5 to offer rear-wheel drive.

Whether you're interested in a new or pre-owned BMW X5, visit us at BMW of Nashville to browse our extensive selection. Our knowledgeable sales staff will be happy to help you find the perfect BMW SUV for your needs.