2021 BMW X5 Towing Capacity

March 18th, 2021 by
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The 2021 BMW X5 towing capacity reaches a whopping 7,200 pounds when equipped with a traditional turbocharged gasoline engine. For those San Marcos drivers interested in a plug-in hybrid model, you will still be able to take advantage of up to 5,952 pounds of towing power. No matter which configuration you choose, it is necessary to add the optional BMW X5 tow hitch ($550) if you are looking to reach the max BMW X5 towing specs. The BMW X5 shows that an SUV can be both powerful and sophisticated. Read more about the BMW X5 towing capacity here with your friends at BMW of Escondido, and when you’re ready to get behind the wheel of a BMW X5, contact us.

BMW X5 Towing: Performance Prowess

Regardless of your preferred powertrain, you can expect stellar performance and a reliable 8-speed automatic transmission. When you are behind the wheel of the latest X5, you can feel confident that your SUV will be able to tow safely and with ease.

While towing capacity remains mostly constant across the gas-powered range of X5 models, the trim you chose will likely affect the performance specs:

BMW X5 sDrive40i – 3.0L Twin-Turbo I6 engine

  • 7,200 pounds maximum towing capacity
  • RWD, 335 hp, 330 lb-ft of torque
  • 974 pounds payload capacity
  • 4,828 pounds curb weight

BMW X5 xDrive40i – 3.0L Twin-Turbo I6 engine

  • 7,200 pounds maximum towing capacity
  • AWD, 335 hp, 330 lb-ft of torque
  • 974 pounds payload capacity
  • 4,863 pounds curb weight

BMW X5 xDrive45e – 3.0-liter BMW Twin-Turbo I6 with Integrated Electric Motor

  • 5,952 pounds maximum towing capacity
  • AWD, 389 combined hp, 443 lb-ft of combined torque
  • 827 pounds payload capacity
  • 5672 pounds curb weight

BMW X5 M50i – 4.4L TwinPower Turbo V8 engine

  • 7,200 pounds maximum towing capacity
  • AWD, 523 hp, 553 lb-ft of torque
  • 985 pounds payload capacity
  • 5,260 pounds curb weight

BMW X5 Tow Package

What is included with the BMW X5 tow package? It will add a Class III trailer hitch to your X5, and it’s available for all X5 models for the exact same price. Although this hitch is simple enough to operate, it is a good idea to consult your owner’s manual to make sure you are able to take advantage of the BMW X5 towing capacity safely.

If you choose to add the BMW X5 tow hitch, you must remove the optional Comfort Access feature. This amenity makes opening the tailgate hassle-free. All you need to do is simply run a foot beneath the bumper. If towing is a top priority for you, we believe that the trade off is worth it.

BMW X5 Towing Amenities

San Diego drivers who plan to do a lot of towing in Poway and beyond will likely want to upgrade the X5 with xDrive all-wheel drive. The X5 was designed with performance in mind, and even without any upgrades, there is a wealth of standard features that can take your daily drive to the next level:

  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Brake Fade Compensation, Start-off Assistant, Brake Drying, and Brake Stand-by features
  • Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
  • Dynamic Brake Control (DBC)
  • Hill Descent Control (HDC)
  • Dynamic Damper Control
  • 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Icon Adaptive Full LED Headlights
  • LED fog lights and Automatic High Beams
  • Programmable LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Active Driving Assistant with Frontal Collision Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection, and a Lane Departure Warning

To enhance BMW X5 towing to the fullest extent, consider the following add-ons:

  • The Parking Assistance Package ($800) adds Surround View w/ 3D View. This will give you a better view when hooking up a trailer or navigating crowded lots and campsites. You’ll also receive automatic Parking Assistant Plus as a bonus.
  • Two-Axle Air Suspension ($1,000) allows you to raise or lower the vehicle as you see fit and makes it easier to line up and connect the trailer hitch.
  • The Dynamic Handling Package ($2,600) is offered on the M40i.This feature provides superior control thanks to the Adaptive M Suspension Professional, Active Roll Stabilization, and Integral Active Steering.

Take the BMW X5 for a Spin Today

If you’re ready to learn more about the BMW X5 towing capacity or tow packages, contact BMW of Escondido. We are conveniently located near Poway and happy to take you for a test drive out. Review our BMW X5 lease offers and apply for financing online, then get in touch. Let’s get you into the SUV of your dreams today!

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