Bought my 2002 X5 4.4i a little over a year ago as a Certified Pre-owned vehicle. My wife and I love the car's overall design, performance and reliability. I believe that the X5 is still the best look...
Bought my 2002 X5 4.4i a little over a year ago as a Certified Pre-owned vehicle. My wife and I love the car's overall design, performance and reliability. I believe that the X5 is still the best looking and best proportioned SUV on the road--especially with the available 19" or 20" wheels. The Range Rover and Cayenne (Turbo model only) come in a close second.
The X5 is a heavy vehicle, but the 4.4i, in particular, has great acceleration and torque. Handling is also one of its strongest qualities, especially for an SUV--limited body roll, and it doesn't dive during braking or squat during acceleration. The X5 is absolutely rock solid and stable on the open highway (showing it's Autobahn roots), and resists strong cross winds. Braking is excellent (be ready for copious amounts of brake dust, though!)
The interior is gorgeous, with beautifully polished wood, excellent materials, and top notch fit and finish. It has held up well over time.
Negatives are few. Gas mileage is one (about 14 mpg), but I was willing to make the tradeoff for better performance. Also the rear hatch has a tendency to rattle over bumps. In addition, the turn signal was stuck in the on position during one winter drive home. It was fine the next day, though. And one of the teeth in the front cupholder has disappeared from it's foundation. Overall, however, the car seems to be very durable and well made.
In sum, I would highly recommend the X5 to anyone looking for a sporty SUV.