(4.0) 18 reviews
MSRP: $4,311$10,099
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 18-19
Engine: 225-hp, 3.0-liter I-6 (premium)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
Seats: 5
2004 BMW X5

Our Take on the 2004 BMW X5

Our Take

What We Don't Like

  • Ride comfort with Sport Package
  • Some cryptic controls
  • Abrupt automatic-transmission shifts
  • Fuel economy
  • Price

Notable Features

  • Inline-six or V-8
  • New AWD system
  • Unibody construction
  • Premium amenities
  • Available navigation system


Our Expert Reviews

Quality, times five BMW X5 a substantial SUV choice First warning on the 2004 BMW X5 4.4i: Don't listen to the hype. BMW has insisted on calling its X5 a "Sports Activity Vehicle" - either a silly attempt to create a new automotive segment or an effort to force a change in the language by continually repeating jargon. It's a little like "embedded," which no self-respecting journa... Read full review for the 2004 BMW X 5

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Consumer Reviews


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A Substantial SUV

by Sjones from Chicago, IL on October 19, 2006

I've been driving an X5 for a few weeks now and the first thing that struck me about it was how substantial it is. Heavy doors. high-effort and purposful controls. Accurate but deliberate handling. Gu... Read Full Review

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A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


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There are currently 4 recalls for this car.

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