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2008 BMW X5 vs. Its Competition

 
2008 BMW X5-Series 3.0si
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The world of full-size luxury SUVs is jammed with high-dollar names like the Brit-cool Land Rover Range Rover, which is also considerably more expensive than the BMW X5.

The Lexus GX 470 is a slightly smaller choice in this group, while Infiniti's QX56 is a big SUV in the American mold, down to its unimpressive trim in the back two seating rows.

Porsche's Cayenne seats only five and has drab styling, but great handling for an SUV.

The Cadillac Escalade out-blings all these vehicles and has a smooth powertrain to go with its high price tag and low fuel economy, though a Hybrid edition is coming.

The Mercedes-Benz GL-Class matches the X5 in seating and off-road capacity, and to our eyes, it's more handsome than the BMW.

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8.4
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The 2008 BMW X5 is better than ever, but could use more dramatic styling and an iDrive transplant.
8.6
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Considering the weight of the Escalade’s image and its segment-leading performance, the 2009 Cadillac Escalade is hard to beat.
7.8
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The 2009 Porsche Cayenne isn’t as practical as other SUVs its size, but it handles like a Porsche.
8.2
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The 2008 Infiniti QX56 misses the mark for a lot of practical reasons, but it can tow a Chris Craft in high style.
9.0
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The 2008 Land Rover Range Rover remains the ultimate luxury sport-utility vehicle, a well-heeled performer for those well-heeled enough to own one.
7.4
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The 2008 Lexus GX 470 brings off-road credentials to the Lexus brand, but its skimpy rear-seat room and sluggish performance tarnish the image.
MSRP From     
$46,200$62,205$44,600$52,450$77,175$47,315
Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I6N/AGas V6Gas V8Gas V8Gas V8
EPA Class     
4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/ASport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
AWD 4-Door 3.0siAWD 4-Door HybridAWD 4-Door ManualRWD 4-Door4WD 4-Door HSE4WD 4-Door
Drivetrain     
All-Wheel DriveN/AAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
5N/A5755
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sport Utility VehicleN/A4 Door SUV4 Door4 Door4-Door SUV
Transmission     
AutomaticN/AManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD

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