BMW X5 (2013-2018): dimensions and boot space

Every key measurement figure that you will need for the BMW X5 is here, including its length, width, height and boot space

Matt Rigby
Jun 9, 2022

With luxurious, well-built interiors, plenty of standard equipment and imposing styling, the BMW X5 is an impressive large SUV. It also happens to be fun to drive, which is not always the case with this sort of car.

Originally released in 1999, the original X5 was a real trendsetter, ditching serious off-roading ability in favour of on-road capability and a focus on delivering comfortable family motoring and a sense of luxury.

And although by the time this version of the X5 came out in 2013, the model had many competitors from the likes of Volvo, Audi, Mercedes, Lexus and Porsche, the BMW is still one of the best choices if you want a large, sporty SUV.

Boot space at 650 litres - with the rear seats in place - is impressive, as is the amount of interior space and storage cubbies available. This version of the X5 was also the first to be offered with an optional seven-seat layout, adding to the versatility and flexibility of the car for larger families.

Most X5s of this era come with four-wheel-drive, but there was a fuel-efficient two-wheel-drive version of the least powerful diesel engine, the sDrive25d, too. All X5s are equipped with a super-smooth eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Diesel models are by far the most common, and the most common of these is the 258hp xDrive30d. It has enough power and low-down shove for most situations, yet will manage a creditable 47.9mpg when it comes to fuel economy. If you want more power still, the 313hp 40d model is almost as efficient as the 30d, and the truly muscular M50d, with 381hp can still achieve 40mpg or more.

Of the petrol-powered models for this version of the BMW X5, the X5M is undoubtedly the most dramatic. It can deliver 575hp from its 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine but, although very fast, it is rather thirsty. The 449hp twin-turbocharged V8 petrol motor in the xDrive50i is pretty powerful, too, but will also burn through a huge amount of fuel.

If your focus is on zero-emission running for short distances, then the plug-in hybrid drive 40e is worth a look - provided you can charge it regularly. Its electric motor will only last for around 19 miles, however, which is rather short compared with the 54-mile range of its successor the xDrive45e, so you’ll need a regular driving pattern full of short trips - and charging in between - to make the most of its electric capabilities.


BMW X5 dimensions

At 4,886mm long, 1,938mm wide (which increases to 2,184mm when you factor in the width of the door mirrors) and 1,763mm tall, the BMW X5 is a genuinely large car.

This has obvious advantages for interior space and cargo capacity, but not so much for driving along narrow lanes or negotiating tight city centre multi-storey car parks.

That being said, the X5 is shorter than all of its rivals bar the Mercedes GLE, which is 4,819mm long. The Mercedes, however, doesn’t offer the option of seven seats.

If it’s seven seats you’re after, then the X5 is more compact than key rivals the Volvo XC90 and the Audi Q7, though the consequence of that is that the third row of seats in the BMW is more cramped than in both the Volvo and the Audi.

BMW X54,886mm1,938mm1,763mm

BMW X5 boot space

BMW X5 boot view

You’ll find there’s 650 litres of boot space in the BMW X5, which expands to 1,870 litres when you fold the rear seats down. That’s pretty impressive, but it should be noted that the Mercedes GLE provides 690 litres and 2,010 litres, making it an even more practical option when it comes to carrying large loads.

You’ll also lose 150 litres of boot space (dropping the capacity to 500 litres and 1,720 litres respectively) if you opt for the plug-in hybrid model, as the battery pack eats into boot space a little. It also means there’s nowhere to fold the optional third-row seats, so the plug-in hybrid X5 is a strictly five-seater affair.

What is especially useful with the X5 is the split tailgate. The upper half opens upwards, just as in a conventional hatchback, while the bottom part drops downwards to create a useful perch or an easy way to slide long objects into the boot.

Boot spaceSeats upSeats down
BMW X5650 litres1,870 litres
BMW X5 xDrive40e500 litres1,720 litres


BMW X5 towing capacity

As a big, stable and, above all, heavy SUV, the BMW X5 is a great car for towing. Its relaxed and powerful diesel engines have plenty of guts for hauling caravans, boats or horseboxes up long motorway inclines, while its four-wheel-drive setup (bar the two-wheel-drive entry-level version) can help you deal with treacherous slipways or slippery, muddy fields and farm tracks.

In terms of towing capacity, that ranges from 2,700kg to 3,500kg, depending on engine and specification - which is a very decent amount for a car, though on par with a number of other large, heavy SUVs. A model with the optional electric tow bar is also worth seeking out, as this can make life easier. It cost £1,000 when the car was new, and tucks neatly away underneath the car when it’s not in use.

ModelTowing capacity
BMW X52,700kg - 3,500kg

BMW X5 weight

BMW X5 rear view

With 75kg of weight added in to represent a typical driver, a tank of fuel and all the engine's other lubricants and fluids taken into consideration, the kerb weight of a car is as accurate a real-world measure of how heavy a car is as you’ll get.

In the case of this generation of X5, its weight depends on the engine, whether it has two- or four-wheel-drive and specification. The X5's weight ranges from 2,035kg for the two-wheel-drive sDrive25d in SE trim to 2,330kg for the xDrive45e plug-in hybrid in M Sport spec.

BMW X52,035kg - 2,330kg



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