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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
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BMW X5 (00-06) - rated 4.5 out of 5
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PROS

Image, space, refinement.

CONS

V8s lose money quickly

PROS

Image, space, refinement.

CONS

V8s lose money quickly

Verdict

The X5 is a well designed and beautifully engineered rival to the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and Land Rover Range Rover. It has the performance of a high-power saloon, with the a high driving position and some off-road capability. The V8 is a superb all-rounder, but the diesel pulls equally strongly and is the more cost-effective solution. List prices for the recently launched X3 are close to X5’s, so it’s expected that the next generation model will push X5 even further upmarket.

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