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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Driving position is comfortable - with plenty of adjustment - and there's a clear, commanding, view of the road ahead. The shape of the rear means that the view from the back isn't as good as what you may expect (especially with three in the back), but it's still acceptable. Anyone who has driven the 1996-2003 5-Series will feel at home behind the wheel; the logical look and layout of the buttons and switches is very similar.

Unlike some big 4x4s from the early 2000s, X5 feels like a premium car.

Interior looks good and is comfy for long trips. Plenty of room in the back for three passengers. They will also appreciate the lack of bouncing or rolling ride. But when larger wheels are fitted ride is a little harsher on rougher roads at speed.