2004 BMW X5

    2004 BMW X5 Review Summaries

    What reviewers liked most about the BMW X5

    • Keeping this hot-rodded X5 [4.6i] glued to the ground is a sport suspension with... exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels.

      - Edmunds.com
    • Crash-testing of the X5 has allowed it to set new standards in front- and side-impact protection.

      - Edmunds.com
    • It may be the best-handling SUV on the road. It almost feels like an oversized rally car.

      - New Car Test Drive
    • The X5 wants to be driven like a sports car. The five-speed Steptronic transmission can be easily used like a stick, downshifting with a snick or two of the lever for turns, sometimes instead of braking.

      - New Car Test Drive
    • At highway speeds... a tiny poke at the accelerator seems to levitate the X5 above and beyond fellow travelers.

      - The Car Connection
    • ...manual gearbox, lightweight six-cylinder, and tush-friendly suspension made the test vehicle pretty close to wonderful.

      - USA Today
    • ...the X5 can handle anything a graded surface can throw at it...including" a severe case of red clay mud.

      - Woman Motorist

    What reviewers liked least about the BMW X5

    • ...a full-size spare tire... was an 18-inch Michelin in our X5 that was shod with the 19-inch Bridgestones.

      - Car and Driver
    • ...a jarring ride on all but the smoothest blacktop.

      - Car and Driver
    • ...this isn't what we'd call a highly capable off-road vehicle. And cargo capacity isn't a strong point.

      - New Car Test Drive
    • Four-wheel drive: Inferior to less-sophisticated, conventional systems in snow and ice.

      - USA Today

    BMW X5 Comparisons

    • Compared to the Mercedes ML430, the X5's track is one inch wider and it rides 2.2 inches lower.

      - New Car Test Drive

    Best one-liner about the BMW X5

    • If the AMG Benz is for horsepower extremists, the X5 [4.4i] is still a power hitter-the Sammy Sosa to Mark McGuire of SUVs, maybe.

      - New Car Test Drive
    • ...looks like a 540i wagon on steroids...

      - New Car Test Drive
    • The X5 doesn't just ferry occupants through the urban jungle; it exempts them from it.

      - The Car Connection

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