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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

There's not a weak unit in the X5 line-up. Even the entry-level 230bhp 3.0i packs a punch, getting to 60mph in 8.2 seconds and onto a top speed of 128mph. There's a choice of three V8s (though the 4.6 is available to used buyers only). All offer sublime performance with sub seven second 0-60mph times (the 4.8 does it in 5.9 seconds) and loads of pulling power.

The 3.0d comes with 184bhp or 218bhp (from late 2003) and is a popular choice on the used market for its useable performance and excellent fuel economy - 32mpg is achievable in everyday driving.

When it was launched in 2000, X5 set a new standard for performance off-roaders. Although other car makers have launched against X5, it still offers one of the best SUV drives around. It delivers comfort, precision, minimal bodyroll and even off-road competence. It’s quick and responsive on the motorway, but light and agile around town. Sport models have stiffer suspension which improves the handling at the expense of ride comfort.