2021 BMW X5 vs 2020 BMW X5
2021 BMW X5 2020 BMW X5


3.0L Turbo I-6 3.0L Turbo I-6


335 335

MPG (City/Highway)

21/26 * 21/26 *

Apple CarPlay & Android Auto

Standard Standard Apple CarPlay Only; Android Auto not available

2021 BMW X5 vs 2020 BMW X5

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Some key differences await fans of the BMW X5 in 2021. This year, the ever-popular X5 has returned with more options and standard features. In 2021, changes to the X5 focus on performance and technology. The latest X5 has a new hybrid mechanical system capable of producing nearly 400 in horsepower. The new engine comes with substantial torque to match. With the new hybrid system, the X5 is expected to reach almost 30 miles of range. Other changes are in store for the X5's cabin in 2021, too. This time, the X5 returns with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as in 2020, but the 2021 versions are wireless for the first time. The same 12-inch display screen carries over from 2020 to 2021, but the infotainment system has more significant app support in 2021 and updated navigation.


The same base engine drives the X5 in 2020 and 2021. The gasoline engine has a maximum power output of just over 330 HP and matching torque capacity. There are also two different gasoline engines available in both model years. The first is a 4.4L V8 that generates 456 HP and just under 480 LB-FT in torque. The second delivers over 500 HP. In 2021, the X5 has an improved hybrid engine that produces just under 400 HP and 450 LB-FT of torque. The hybrid engine can pull up to 7,200 pounds. All-wheel drive is standard on both model years.


There are no changes in appearance for the X5 between 2021 and 2020. The X5 was redesigned in 2019, which means that its style and exterior are still relatively new. Chrome accents adorn all trim levels of the X5. The X5 also comes with adaptive LED lights as a standard feature, but you can upgrade to laser lights and add on a night vision feature through packages.


The cabin of the X5 also varies from one model year to the next. Both models have standard seating for five and an optional additional third-row seats for a capacity of seven. A 12.3-inch central display is standard for both model years, but there are some differences in what the infotainment system offers. BMW's innovative mapping system, which includes real-time traffic updates, is standard in 2021. The 2021 infotainment system also has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the first time.

To learn more about the 2021 and 2020 BMW X5, or to schedule one for a test drive, don't hesitate to contact us at your convenience.

* EPA-estimated. Actual mileage may vary.