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7.0
/ 10
On Styling
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$43,700
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$47,500
On Styling
Compelling isn't a word used to describe the 2013 BMW X5's exterior styling, but its conservative style will suit many.
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In the grand scale of makeovers, the 2011 X5 didn't exactly get the full Heidi Montag.
Edmunds

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

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

While it depends on who's doing the looking, the 2013 BMW X5 is largely unobjectionable in its exterior affect. If that doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement, that's because it's not; the X5 is, ultimately, a bit conservative and bland despite some aggressive features and masculine elements.

The tall, chunky proportions mean business, but they're softened by smooth lines, delicate details around the front end, and BMW's sedan-bred front end identity. While it's somewhat middle-of-the-road, it's also not something everyone will like. The X5 M breaks the X5 mold--a bit--by adding some seriously bonkers bodywork that only the truly track-mad or tuner-friendly will really enjoy.

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 2013 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.

Conclusion

Compelling isn't a word used to describe the 2013 BMW X5's exterior styling, but its conservative style will suit many.

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