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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest BMW X5 (07-13) review.

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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5
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

BMW X5 rivals

Volvo
XC90
4 out of 5 4.0
Lexus
RX
3.5 out of 5 3.5

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.

BMW X5 rivals

Volvo
XC90
4 out of 5 4.0
Lexus
RX
3.5 out of 5 3.5