Compare 2018 BMW X5 vs 2017 BMW X5

Specs at a Glance

2018 BMW X5

2018 BMW X5

  • Standard Engine3.0L I6
  • Horsepower302
  • MPG (city/hwy) *18 / 25
  • Transmission8-speed automatic

2017 BMW X5

2017 BMW X5

  • Standard Engine3.0L I6
  • Horsepower300
  • MPG (city/hwy) *18 / 25
  • Transmission8-speed automatic

2018 BMW X5 vs 2017 BMW X5

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When it comes to modern luxury crossover SUVs, the BMW X5 sets the bar pretty high. It combines performance, utility, and style while seamlessly integrating the luxury amenities of a BMW sedan into a capable and sporty SUV package. If you're looking at purchasing one of these impressive vehicles, you may be wondering which model year would suit you best. Let's compare two fantastic models, the 2017 and 2018 X5, side-by-side in some key categories and see how they measure up.

The 2017 BMW X5 is luxurious, spacious, and loaded with driver amenities. For 2017 the X5 gains a Wi-Fi hotspot and a wireless charging pad. It also has a few stylized features that have been tweaked and updated from 2016. It comes available in four high-performance trims: 35i, 35d, 40e, and 50i.

The 2018 BMW X5 is equally spacious and luxurious and has gained some impressive new features for 2018. It has some exterior styling changes and has evolved to keep pace with all other competitors in its class. It also comes in four impressively performing trim levels: 35i, 35d, 40e, and 50i. They all have all-wheel drive with the exception of the 35i. With third-row seating and an abundance of amenities and utility features, you can't really go wrong with the 2018 X5.

Performance

When it comes to performance in the category, both the 2017 and 2018 X5 are hard to beat. Both vehicles have turbocharged six-cylinder (300 horsepower, 300 pound-feet of torque)engine options available. They provide a smooth and satisfying ride with attentive and sporty handling. Steering is extremely responsive while still being weighted enough to provide you with just the right amount of resistance. The all-wheel drive system helps to automatically give you just the right amount of traction is ideal for iffy roads or adverse weather conditions. The 8-speed automatic transmission handles amazingly and you'll likely find that this SUV is both agile and confident in a variety of driving scenarios. It accelerates with more than enough torque so getting up to speed on the interstate or highway will probably never be an issue. Braking is solid and silky, the X5 has a virtually silent cabin, and it's honestly really fun to drive in general. Either model year would be a good choice if performance is an important factor to you.

Appearance

The 2017 BMW X5 is bold yet classic, while still managing to maintain a high-end and sporty look. On the inside, the cabin is constructed with premium materials and designed with the driver in mind. Rich finishes and close attention to detail make this gorgeous SUV really shine.

The 2018 X5 has all this and more. Subtle style changes and design innovations have added to the beauty of this masterfully crafted SUV. Suffice to say, every trim level for the 2018 X5 is a real head-turner.

Features

The X5 offers an impressively long list of driver amenities for both model years. Cavernous cargo storage, an iDrive system with all the newest technology, keyless ignition and entry, four-zone climate control, leather upholstery, a variety of driver safety aids, and 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system to name a few.

All of these features are available for both model years, though they've been updated a bit for the 2018 X5.

Still not sure which you like best? We don't blame you. Why not stop by our dealership today and test drive both? Our highly-skilled staff is here to make your satisfaction our priority!


* Actual mileage may vary.

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