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BMW X5 (2000–2007)

Last updated 26 October 2017

Excellent drive on the road and very capable off it. Commanding road presence and sky-high image. Five-star crash test rating from June 2003.
High second-hand prices and expensive to run. Not pedestrian friendly in NCAP tests. Diesel engines susceptible to hydraulic lock if driven through floodwater.
Updated 10 April 2017

R/2017/106: Driver's airbag may deploy inncorrectly: On some of the vehicles affected by this recall the driver's air bag inflator may rupture during deployment. Metal shards may pass through the air...

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BMW shouldn't have messed around naming this the X5. They should have come straight out and called it the Intimidator. Painted solid black, with black glass, a big V8 petrol engine and a set of four drainpipe exhausts, it's the ultimate in motorway muscle. The sides are even sculpted to look as if it's been swallowing steroids and working out on weights. There's no messing with the man in this machine.

Road Test BMW X5 3.0d Sport 2002

Owners' reviews

Probably the best SUV for drivers but boot is small and lacks 7 seats
Solid, Quick, Reliable, Good Handling, Excellent driving position
Head Turner
Good looks, good drive, rubbish quality
Head turning fire eating dragon
Started out great but sadly not what I expected

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