BMW Sport Utility Vehicles

An Overview of the BMW SUV and Crossover Family

2016 BMW X4. Photo (c) BMW NA

BMW wants to rewrite the book on SUVs – including what we call them. BMW calls their sport utility vehicles and crossovers “SAVs” – sport activity vehicles. The lineup includes the X1, a subcompact crossover; the X3, a compact crossover; the X4, a sporty compact crossover; the X5, a mid-size crossover; and the X6, an unclassifiable crossover/sedan/wagon. Here's a brief rundown on the BMW SUV lineup, along with links to some reviews and photo galleries on


First introduced in the 2009 model year, the X6 is a swoopy-styled track shoe of an SUV, long and low and shaped like an oversized sedan. It received a makeover for the 2015 model year, and enters 2016 unchanged. It is available with a 3.0 liter twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder engine (300 hp/300 lb-ft of torque) or a potent 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 (445 hp/480 lb-ft of torque), rear-wheel or all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. EPA estimates fuel economy at 18 city/25 highway for the I6, 15/21 for the V8. Prices start at $59,800 and go up to $74,500, plus options.

2012 BMW X6 Test Drive and Review

2012 BMW X6 Photo Gallery

2009 BMW X6 Guide Review

2009 BMW Test Drive and Review

2009 BMW X6 Photo Gallery

X6 M

When an X6 just isn’t enough, you can opt for the over-the-top X6 M. BMW’s M performance upgrades take the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine up to 567 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, cranked through the same eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.

The X6 M guzzles fuel at at rate of 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway. Prices start at $102,200 plus options.

2010 BMW X6 M Test Drive and Review  

2010 BMW X6 M Photo Gallery


Introduced for the 1999 model year, the X5 was BMW’s first SUV. X5 had a makeover in 2007, and another for the 2014 model year. Four engine choices for 2016: 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinder (300 hp/300 lb-ft of torque); 4.8 liter V8 (445 hp/480 lb-ft of torque); and a 3.0 liter inline 6 twin turbo diesel (308 hp/413 lb-ft of torque); 2.0-liter twin-turbo inline 4-cylinder and 111-hp electric motor (308 hp system total/260 lb-ft of torque).

The EPA estimates fuel economy at 18 city/24 highway for the gas I6; 15/21 for the V8; and 24/31 for the diesel. Hybrid mileage TBD. Eight-speed automatic transmissions drive the xDrive All-Wheel Drive system (six-speed in the diesel). Prices range from $53,900 for the I6 sDrive35i to $57,700 for the diesel to $62,100 for the hybrid xDrive40e to $70,700 for the V8 xDrive50i, plus options.

2007 BMW X5 Test Drive & Review

2007 BMW X5 Photo Gallery

X5 M

BMW let the M performance group loose on its large crossover, and the result is a hot rod SUV with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that’s tuned to produce 567 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. X5 M gets an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, and is capable of scooting from 0-60 in 4.0 seconds flat. EPA estimates are 14 mpg city/19 mpg highway, and prices start at $98,800.


The newest addition to the BMW X lineup is the compact crossover X4, which is essentially a fastback version of the X3 – a mini X6, if you will. Available with either a 2.0-liter twin-turbo inline 4-cylinder engine (240 hp/260 lb-ft of torque) and a 6-speed automatic or a 2.0-liter twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder engine (300 hp/300 lb-ft of torque) and an 8-speed auto.

Both models get all-wheel drive. The 4-cylinder xDrive28i is rated to achieve 20 mpg city/28 mpg highway, and starts at $45,250, while the 6-cylinder xDrive35i is rated to achieve 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway for $49,700.

2015 BMW X4 xDrive35i Test Drive and Review


Introduced for the 2003 model year, X3 is BMW’s compact crossover vehicle, sharing many styling cues with X5. X3 got a makeover for 2011, growing by 3.1" in length and 1.1" in width. It returns for 2016 with three available powertrains: a twin-turbo 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder tuned to produce 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque in the X3 sDrive28i and xDrive28i; a twin-turbo 3.0-liter DOHC inline 6-cylinder that puts out 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque in the xDrive35i; and a diesel-powered 2.0-liter twin-turbo inline 4-cylinder engine good for 180 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque in the xDrive28d .

The xDrive all-wheel drive system is standard, with an 8-speed automatic transmission the only available gearset. EPA estimates are 21 mpg city/28 mpg highway for the 35i and 28i; 27/34 for the diesel. Prices start at $28,950 for the 28i, $46,800 for the 35i and $42,450 for the 28d, plus options.

2012 BMW X3 Test Drive & Review

2012 BMW X3 Photo Gallery

2007 BMW X3 Test Drive & Review

2007 BMW X3 Photo Gallery


Covering all of the bases, BMW introduced the sub-compact X1 series in 2013. Available in only one configuration for 2016, the X1 xDrive28i comes with a 2.0-liter twin-turbo inline 4-cylinder engine (228 hp/258 lb-ft of torque) with an 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The EPA estimates that the X1 can travel 22 city miles on a gallon of gas/32 miles of highway driving per gallon. Prices start at $34,800.

2014 BMW X1 Test Drive and Review

2014 BMW X1 Photo Gallery

2013 BMW X1 Test Drive and Review