2009 BMW X5 vs. Its Competition

2009 BMW X5

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.

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.

Porsche's Cayenne seats only five and has drab styling, though it handles well.

The Lexus GX 470 is a slightly smaller choice in this group.

The Brit-cool Land Rover Range Rover is another stylish option, though it's also considerably more expensive than the BMW X5.

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8.4
The 2009 BMW X5 is one of the better-handling utility vehicles of any shape, and a newly available diesel makes it even more appealing, but its styling and interior fail to wow.
8.6
Considering the weight of the Escalade’s image and its segment-leading performance, the 2009 Cadillac Escalade is hard to beat.
7.8
The 2009 Porsche Cayenne isn’t as practical as other SUVs its size, but it handles like a Porsche.
9.0
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
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.
9.0
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class is a superior sport-ute with lots of room and power.
MSRP From     
$47,500$62,205$44,600$77,175$47,315$53,400
Gas Mileage     
14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy11 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy12 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I6Gas V8Gas V6Gas V8Gas V8Diesel V6
EPA Class     
4WD Sport Utility VehicleN/ASport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
AWD 4-Door 30i2WD 4-DoorAWD 4-Door Manual4WD 4-Door HSE4WD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door 3.0L CDI
Drivetrain     
All-Wheel Drive2WDAll Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive4-Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
575557
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door4 Door SUV4 Door4-Door SUV4 Door
Transmission     
AutomaticHD Automatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic