BMW iX vs. BMW X5 Comparison

With the release of the highly anticipated BMW iX, the company’s new all-electric midsize SUV model, the company has a variety of midsize luxury SUV models to choose from the X5, the X6, and the iX.

In this comparison, we’ll compare the iX xDrive 50 and the X5 M50i. These two models are comparably priced. The M50i is the X5’s top trim. The iX’s top trim, the M60, starts in the six figures. Both the iX and X5 come standard with all-wheel drive.

Since the X6 is essentially a coupe-like version of the X5, let’s take a look at how the new iX and the X5 compare on styling, interior space, power, and price.

BMW iX Black

The iX

The iX is BMW’s first fully-electric SUV. It’s an important model for the company that represents their electrified future. The model was featured in the company’s Super Bowl advertisement for 2022.

The iX blends the practicality of the X5 with cutting-edge elegance and flair. The model has one of the coolest interiors on the roads. The iX is built on its own platform separate from the X5, X6, or other BMW models.

With its electric powertrain, the iX has a curb weight of 5,659 pounds, making it one of the largest and heaviest electric SUVs on the roads. It’s more than 800 pounds heavier than the base X5.


In addition to competing with the X5, the iX also stacks up against other all-electric models such as the Tesla Model X, Audi e-tron, and Rivian R1S. The iX comes standard with twenty-inch wheels.

Even at a starting price of about $85,000, the iX has lots of add-on options. There is the Dynamic Handling Package for $1,600, the Driving Assistance Professional Package for $1,900, the $1,150 Luxury Package, and a myriad of other options.

BMW X5 side

The X5

The X5 has been on the market for nearly twenty-five years. It’s a well-rounded mid-size luxury SUV with outstanding performance, a dynamic driving experience, and a sumptuous cabin in a handsome package.

With massaging seats, high-quality materials, leather dashboard, acoustic glass, and heated steering wheel and front armrests in the X5, you feel like you’re in a high-end luxury SUV.

The X5 M50i has a starting price of about $83,000. The base X5 starts at just over $60,000 and has lots of optional add-ons.

Design Differences

The iX has the more polarizing front-end styling. While the X5 has a more conventional SUV appearance, the iX has a bolder look. The iX has a distinctive kidney grille that houses various sensors and vehicle functions.

The iX has slimmer front headlights, larger wheels, and an interesting color palette that add to its appearance. At night, the IX will welcome you with a choreographed light display below the doors.

The iX has a futuristic aesthetic, a long wheelbase, and all four doors are frameless. It comes standard with a panoramic moonroof that also has a shading effect when less light is desired. The iX uses environmentally sustainable interior materials such as olive-leaf tanned leather.

The iX’s rear-end styling is also distinctive. It has slim LED lights, a rearview camera integrated into the BMW badge, and lights that illuminate when the rear liftgate is open.

BMW X5 Front

Interior Space & Features

The iX uses BMW’s latest infotainment interface. It has a large 14.9-inch infotainment display. It combines with a 12.3-inch digital gauge for the dashboard design. This helps give the iX an ultra-modern, sleek interior.

The iX is a little larger than the X5. It has 77.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded and 35.5 cubic feet behind the second row. The X5 has 72.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded and 33.9 cubic feet behind the second row.

Another big difference between the X5 and iX is that the X5 has a third-row seat option whereas the iX does not. However, the third-row is quite snug in the X5 and for kids only.

Power & Fuel Economy

The iX has two electric motors that combine to make 515 horsepower. Car and Driver estimated the model’s 0-60 mph time at 4.4 seconds.

The iX has an EPA-rated range of 324 miles with the 20″ wheels. Stepping up to the 22″ wheels drops range to 315 miles.

The X5 has a variety of engine choices. The base inline-six-cylinder turbocharged outputs 335 horsepower, while the plug-in hybrid variant has 389 horsepower. The X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid gets 31 miles of electric-only range.

If you step up to the X5 M50i, it outputs 523 horsepower with its twin-turbo V-8 engine. The M50i is one of the fastest SUVs on the roads. It gets from 0-60 mph in less than four seconds.

With the plug-in hybrid, fuel economy is rated in the low to mid 20 mpg range. The base X5 is rated at 21 mpg city and 26 mpg highway fuel economy. All of these engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The X5 can tow up to 7,200 pounds while the iX is rated to tow up to 5,500 pounds.

BMW X5 white

Which Should You Get?

The X5 has a long track record and is known for its refined ride, stable handling, and high-quality interior. For 2022, the model received a Car and Driver Editor’s Choice award. However, the X5 been found to have a precipitous drop in resale value.

The iX is an all-new model. It has pioneering looks, with dynamic performance, and the latest technology. While its design is polarizing, the iX is certainly more attention-grabbing than the X5.

The X5 can travel nearly 570 miles on a full tank of gas in highway driving. In comparison, the iX has about half this amount of range on a full charge. Thus, if you do a lot of road-tripping, you’ll travel quicker and more comfortably in the X5.

However, if you want the latest innovations, a fancy, futuristic design, all-electric power, and incredibly responsive acceleration, the iX delivers.

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