The 2021 BMW X5 Has an Absurd Number of Recalls Already

The 2020 BMW X5 was riddled with an impressive number of recalls within its first year on the road, and the newest model year seems to be following suit. With almost a dozen recalls for the new luxury SUV, buyers might be feeling more than a bit of concern with their potential purchase. In fact, the 2021 BMW X5 has a truly striking number of recalls, but not all of them are particularly serious, and it receives high marks and recommendations regardless.

The start of the 2021 BMW X5 recalls

For a vehicle that has only been out for a few months now, it is curious to see such a large number of recalls. According to Consumer Reports, the 2021 BMW X5 already has 11 active recalls, and while some are pretty minor, others give us a bit more reason to second guess taking the luxury SUV for a test drive in the first place.

The 2021 BMW X5 isn’t an inexpensive car, either, and chances are if you’re looking to buy a brand new luxury SUV in the same price range, the last thing you want to do is worry about the car’s reliability or longevity. Regardless of the many recalls the vehicle is already under, there doesn’t seem to be much question about the car’s reliability.

A blue BMW X5 M on display
BMW X5 M luxury performance SUV on display at Brussels Expo | Sjoerd van der Wal, Getty Images

How severe are the recalls?

The recalls for the 2021 BMW X5 might seem scary on the surface, but it is also important to remember that not every recall applies to every single model within the year. To check, all you need is the vehicle’s VIN, and you can go directly to the BMW website or NHTSA app to check it for free. The recalls range in severity from minor glitches with the backup camera to more intimidating issues problems like the seat head restraint detaching in case of an accident.

A BMW logo stands in front of the BMW plant in Berlin. At the end of the peace period in the metal and electrical industry, the employees have called for a warning strike
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The BMW X5 is a good SUV regardless of recalls

Regardless of the 11 active recalls already in place for the vehicle, the 2021 BMW X5 still receives recommendations from websites like Consumer Reports for being a well-rounded luxury SUV. Although the recalls may seem intimidating, they can be easily serviced at most BMW locations, and all of the costs are absorbed by the company, meaning that owners don’t have to pay for repairs out of pocket, and all it costs them is a bit of their time.


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To overcome such an impressive number of recalls and still be a car that is so highly recommended, the 2021 BMW X5 must be doing something right, and for the price, it still has a lot to offer…maybe, just after you get any active recalls serviced.