Edmunds says the 2008 X5 comes in two models: 3.0si and 4.8i. With no differences to their sheetmetal, both sport "signature twin-kidney grilles," says Kelley Blue Book. MyRide.com says the X5 "looks like pretty much any other crossover." Car and Driver points out the new version is both wider and longer than the prior model. Edmunds thinks the "flanks seem less chiseled."
The similarity to other BMWs carries over into the interior. Cars.com thinks the cabin is "sleek and purposeful." MyRide.com admires the combination of "luxury and truckness." Edmunds thinks the cabin is "elegant" and appreciates its "oversized instrumentation" and details that unify the design.