2014 BMW X5 vs. Its Competition

2014 BMW X5 xDrive30d
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

In its previous-generation form, the X5 couldn't quite match the impressive handling of the Porsche Cayenne, but the Cayenne only seats five passengers, its interior isn't up to the richness we see in the 2014 BMW X5.

As for the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, it's a strong rival to the X5's seating layout and off-road capability, but it's a little more rugged and traditional-looking.

The Lexus GX 460 has a body-on-frame, true-truck layout, although some might not love its gaudy look.

The Cadillac Escalade is the leader for boldness on the truck side; there's an all-new version on the way for 2015, but in the meantime it's offered with plenty of traditional luxuries.

The Land Rover Range Rover is all-new for 2013, and with dramatic weight savings, rugged off-road ability, and unparalleled elegance, it's the leader for those who want more of a rugged, traditional top-luxury SUV.

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2014 Cadillac Escalade2014 Cadillac Escalade
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2014 Land Rover Range Rover Long-Wheelbase Autobiography Black, 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show2014 Land Rover Range Rover
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2014 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class (GL63 AMG)2014 Mercedes-Benz GL Class
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2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S2014 Porsche Cayenne
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Quick Specs
8.4
The 2014 BMW X5 lightens up its look and its act with a warmer cabin, lots of techno handling tricks, and standout safety gear.
8.4
The 2014 Cadillac Escalade remains one of the brawniest, most luxurious large SUVs, although some shoppers will be left wanting more modern interfaces inside.
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The 2014 Land Rover Range Rover adds long-wheelbase comfort and Autobiography Black style to an already impressive all-purpose vehicle.
8.6
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GL may be an expensive way to haul the family around, but it has excellent driving manners and some very sophisticated safety technology, too.
8.2
Yes, Porsche does make a family car, and this is it; the 2014 Cayenne runs the gamut from sporty errand mule to track-worthy sports SUV, with some interesting green options in between.
MSRP From    
$52,800$63,745$83,300$63,000$49,600
Gas Mileage    
14 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6Gas/Ethanol V8Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Diesel V-6Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name    
RWD 4-Door sDrive35i2WD 4-Door Base *Ltd Avail*4WD 4-Door4MATIC 4-Door GL 350 BlueTECAWD 4-Door Manual
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
57575
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Sports Activity VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility4MATICSport Utility
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/Manual ShiftAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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