2022 BMW X5 Towing Capacity

February 27th, 2022 by
2022 BMW X5 driving at night


The BMW X5 towing capacity reaches up to 7,200 pounds with a turbocharged gasoline engine, while models with a plug-in hybrid powertrain can handle loads as heavy as 5,952 pounds. Whether you select one of the two gas engines or the hybrid option, you’ll need the optional BMW X5 tow hitch to enable max towing capacity.

Like all BMW models, the new BMW X5 features groundbreaking tech and amenities for driving safety and comfort like you’ve never experienced it before. Read our guide below to find out how the X5 can help you to tow with confidence in San Marcos, and don’t hesitate to reach out with any further questions!

BMW X5 Towing & Payload Capacity Specs

Any of the BMW X5 configurations can generate the power required to haul your trailer or sports equipment to San Diego, and all powertrains are paired with a reliable 8-speed automatic transmission that can get up to highway speed in seconds—even with a heavy load in tow.

The BMW X5 towing capacity doesn’t change dramatically between the gas-powered models, but specs like engine torque and payload capacity will vary between trim levels and engines. Here’s what to keep in mind as you build your new X5:

BMW X5 sDrive40i: 3.0L Twin-Turbo I6 Engine

  • 7,200 pounds maximum towing capacity
  • RWD, 335 hp, 331 lb-ft of torque
  • 1,014 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, 331 lb-ft of torque
  • 1,016 pounds payload capacity
  • 4,863 pounds curb weight

BMW X5 xDrive45e: 3.0L BMW Twin-Turbo I6 with Integrated Electric Motor

  • 5,952 pounds maximum towing capacity
  • AWD, 389 combined hp, 443 lb-ft of combined torque
  • 5,646 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
  • 1,030 pounds payload capacity
  • 5,260 pounds curb weight

What’s Included in the BMW X5 Tow Package?

Every model in the lineup can be upgraded with the BMW X5 tow package for an extra $550. The package includes a suite of towing-specific features, including a Class III BMW X5 tow hitch for faster and easier attachment of your trailer. If you’ve never towed before, your owner’s manual can provide detailed instructions for how to use the hitch.

Keep in mind that adding the BMW X5 tow hitch removes the option for adding the Comfort Access, a feature that allows you to open your tailgate hands-free with a lever located beneath the bumper.

Advanced Features for Safer BMW X5 Towing

Safety is key when it comes to getting the most out of your BMW X5 towing capacity. If heavy-duty tasks are in the cards, then your best bet is to upgrade your X5 with BMW xDrive all-wheel drive for enhanced traction on all kinds of Poway road surfaces. That said, the following advanced assistive safety features come standard with both FWD and AWD configurations:

  • 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
  • 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

Additional BMW X5 packages can make challenging towing tasks even easier. Consider adding one of the following if you’ll be towing on a regular basis:

  • The Parking Assistance Package ($800) adds Surround View w/ 3D View for faster trailer hookups and Automatic Parking Assistant Plus for stress-free parking with a trailer.
  • Available on the M40i, the Dynamic Handling Package ($2,600) offers enhanced control with features like Adaptive M Suspension Professional, Active Roll Stabilization, and Integral Active Steering.

Experience the New X5 for Yourself at BMW of Escondido

To explore the full range of BMW X5 towing features, stop by our dealership to speak with our staff at your convenience—we’re here to help you configure a new X5 that can suit your lifestyle and meet your unique needs in Escondido. If you haven’t yet settled on your new BMW SUV, take a look at our X3 vs. X5 comparison and then take your favorite model for a test drive!


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