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The 2012 BMW X5 isn't a compelling design, but its conservatively tasteful looks will appeal to many.
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In the grand scale of makeovers, the 2011 X5 didn't exactly get the full Heidi Montag.

Alterations or no, the interior looks fine in a vacuum and functions well.

Even the most hard-core BMW fanboys will be hard-pressed to tell it apart from the 2007-2010 models.
Automobile Magazine

Chrome-trimmed taillamps also now adopt the bitchin’ LED “light banks” now found on the rumps of most BMW models.
Car and Driver

The nostrils are slightly tweaked, while the fog lights have been repositioned inwards, closer to the grille.
Motor Trend

Conservative, bland, masculine, handsome, aggressive. The 2012 BMW X5 is all of these things--it just depends who's doing the looking.

Tall, with chunky proportions but smooth lines, the X5 marries BMW's brand identity with the boxy necessities of the SUV genre. Not everyone will like, but it does a good job of slipping in around the median, never going to extremes, except, of course, in the case of the lairy X5 M.

Inside, the X5 is classical yet modern, with tasteful color schemes, quality materials, and careful design focused on clean looks and functional interfaces.

Though there are four main trim lines to the 2012 X5, they differ very little in appearance, with a wide range of exterior and interior customization available. The X5 M is the only real deviation from the lineup, with aggressive body work, larger, lower-profile wheels and wider tires, unique interior elements, and a decidedly racy look.


The 2012 BMW X5 isn't a compelling design, but its conservatively tasteful looks will appeal to many.

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