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2015 BMW X3 vs X5

BMW’s X3 and X5 are two of the most well-known xDrive technology models, they are luxurious, practical, powerful and two of the most reputed SUVs available in the UK market. So, here we have compiled a list of the technical and equipment difference between the 2015 BMW X3 and X5 here!

2015 BMW X3 vs X5




Weight and capacities

5 seats

Number of seats

5 or 7 seats

550 litres

Luggage capacity (with seats up)

650 litres (575 for 7 seats)

1600 litres

Luggage capacity (with seats down)

1870 litres (1795 for 7 seats)

67 litres

Fuel tank capacity

87 litres

Vehicle dimensions

1661 millimetres


1762 millimetres

1881 millimetres


1938 millimetres

2810 millimetres


2933 millimetres

4657 millimetres


4886 millimetres


Engine availabilities




xDrive50i petrol

xDrive 35d, xDrive 30d, xDrive 20d


M50d,  xDrive40d, xDrive30d

2.0/3.0 litre

Engine Size

3.0/4.4 litre

190 to 313


255 to 450

In terms of practicality, driving and quality; there is very little difference between the BMW X3 and X5. As both models come from one of the most respected luxury brands. In the small to midsize luxury crossover categories, the BMW X3 and X5 share their design and a few drive trains with each other. The main difference between these two cars is the size.

  • The BMW X5 model is almost 9 inches longer, 4 inches taller and 2.25 inches wider than the BMW X3. Due to the bigger size, the X5 offers a slightly bigger cargo space.
  • The X5 offers an optional third row seating, allowing seating for up to 7 seats while the X3 comes with a standard five seats.
  • The X5 also offers a variety of additional features compared to the X3 including power adjustable steering columns, advance real time traffic information and many more.
  • Engine wise, the X5 offers a petrol and diesel engine drive train while the X3 comes with diesel as standard.

Both models are available in a variety of trim levels, each providing a different level of standard specification.

If you have any questions or need any help finding the best all-wheel drive X3 or X5 SUV then our BMW leasing experts are always here to help, discuss additional options and packages that can be added to either vehicle or financing options.

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