Jun 23, 2003
Reviewed By Keith Martin
Price as Tested $61,775

Responsive engine, great seating position, classy looks in and out, doesn’t feel top heavy.


Center control panel full of typical hard-to-reach and badly labeled buttons, counter-intuitive radio and navigation system. Becoming pricey.


The X5 was ahead of its time. First derided due to limited off-road capabilities, it’s now a front-runner in the AWD cross-over segment. When I flogged it on a nasty, graveled, pothole-strewn mountain road, it never missed a beat. And it felt like a BMW when I pushed it in the twisties. BMW should beware, however—new Japanese segment competitors are almost as good, and much cheaper.

Fun to Drive
5.0 rating
Fun to Look at
4.0 rating
Overall Experience
4.0 rating