What is it like?

Used BMW X5 (00 - 07) review

(2000 - 2007)
BMW X5 (00 - 07)
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What's the used BMW X5 4x4 like?

The BMW X5 is a high-image cruiser bought for its looks rather than its off-road ability. Despite its bulk, it is easy and satisfying to drive, and most have automatic gearboxes that change smoothly.

Inside, it's classic BMW: the dashboard is lifted from a 5 Series, albeit with a few modifications, and while some of the buttons are small, everything is easy to find.

Up front, comfort is spot-on: the driver's seat has electric height adjustment and the wheel adjusts for reach and height, so everyone should find be able to find a spot that suits. The view out is clear, too, although most models have reversing sensors, which are very handy.

Practicality, too, is excellent. There's space in the back for three adults and, although the boot isn't the biggest, it is a good shape. Plus, the tailgate is split so that just the glass can be opened, and the lower part drops to give a flat loading platform.

The X5 earned a full five stars from Euro NCAP for occupant safety in a crash, but only one star for pedestrian protection.