BMW X5 (2018-present): dimensions and boot space

All the most important measurements you could want to know for the BMW X5 SUV, including length, width, height, weight and boot space

Matt Rigby
Feb 27, 2022

The BMW X5 impresses with its high-quality interior, luxury-car equipment levels and imposing looks. What’s more, despite its size, it’s actually quite fun to drive, too.

Most versions - though not all - are available with a choice of five or seven seats with key rivals for the X5 including the Mercedes GLE, the Audi Q7, the Volvo XC90 plus, for the sportier end of the model range, the Porsche Cayenne.

All models are well fitted out in terms of standard equipment, with sat-nav, heated and electrically operated leather seats and an electric tailgate included in the extensive list of kit that comes with even the entry-level xLine trim.

All X5s come with an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard plus four-wheel-drive, but there is a variety of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engine options to choose from.

Diesel models are the most popular choice as their low-down power suits the heavy-hauling nature of this large family SUV and are good for longer trips. They’re all suitably powerful, too, with even the entry-level xDrive30d delivering plenty of muscle and strong fuel economy, too.

Perhaps the most environmentally conscious choice, however, is the plug-in hybrid xDrive45e, which combines a 3.0-litre petrol engine with a powerful electric motor. Fully charged, it can manage up to 54 miles on its electric motor before the petrol engine cuts in, while on longer drives it will mix electric and petrol power.

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BMW X5 dimensions

The BMW X5 is 4,922mm long and 2,004mm wide (which goes up to 2,218mm when you add in the door mirrors to the car’s overall width. It’s also 1,745mm tall, which means that you might struggle with height restrictions if you have roof bars and a roof box fitted.

All this means that the BMW X5 is an undeniably large car, even if it’s not the biggest SUV that BMW makes (that honour goes to the X7), so you’ll need plenty of space for parking at home and wherever else you find yourself in it - it’s not a car that will be especially comfortable in tight multi-storey car parks.

Mind you, although it’s longer than all its rivals bar the Audi Q7, driving every large SUV of this type can be an awkward experience on narrow country roads or cramped car parks - so the X5 is far from unusual in this respect.

Fortunately, parking sensors and a reversing camera are standard-fit, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble manoeuvring an X5 around in awkward spaces.

DimensionsLengthWidthHeight
BMW X54,922mm2,218mm1,745mm
BMW X5 xDrive45e4,922mm2,218mm1,745mm
BMW X5 M Competition4,938mm2,218mm1,748mm

BMW X5 boot space

BMW X5 boot view

There’s 650 litres of space in the boot of the BMW X5, which is pretty impressive for this sort of car, but short of the 690 litres you’ll find in the boot of the Mercedes GLE. When you fold down those rear seats you’ll get 1,870 litres of space - plenty of room for most loads, but not as much as the 2,010 litres offered by the Mercedes.

These figures drop to 500 litres and 1,720 litres respectively in plug-in hybrid models, too, as the battery pack takes up the space where, in other models, you’ll find under-floor storage. That space is also where the optional third row of seats stow away, so there is no seven-seat option for plug-in hybrid cars.

The Range Rover-style split tailgate is useful. The top part works as a conventional hatchback, while the lower half opens downwards. This makes it easy to slide long objects in, and is ideal as a makeshift seat for changing muddy boots when out and about.

Boot spaceSeats upSeats down
BMW X5650 litres1,870 litres
BMW X5 xDrive45e500 litres1,720 litres
BMW X5 M Competition650 litres1,870 litres

 

BMW X5 towing capacity

A large, hefty, four-wheel-drive SUV like the BMW X5 makes for a great towing platform as the fact it powers all four wheels means there’s always plenty of traction, its weight makes it stable when hauling heavy loads and its powerful engines have more than enough muscle to effortlessly tow a large trailer, caravan or horse box.

All X5 models, regardless of their power, price or type of fuel are capable of towing up to 2,700kg. Diesel models are often seen as the best SUVs for towing, as they offer strong punch from low engine speeds and reasonable fuel economy. 

BMW X5 weight

BMW X5 rear view

Calculating the kerbweight of a car includes taking into account all the engine's lubricants and fluids, a full tank of fuel and a notional extra 75kg to represent the weight of a driver and a little luggage.

The exact weight of the X5 depends on its engine and specification, but the X5 can weigh between 2,175kg (for an xDrive40i xLine) and 2,510kg for the xDrive45e plug-in hybrid in M Sport trim (the batteries for the hybrid’s electric motor account for a lot of the extra weight in this case).

WeightKerbweight
BMW X52,175kg - 2,335kg
BMW X5 xDrive45e2,510kg
BMW X5 M Competition2,410kg

 

 

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