in 2010 Luxury Midsize SUVs

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Original MSRP: $47,600 - $56,300
MPG: 15 City / 21 Hwy
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Used Car: 2010 BMW X5 Review

Review Last Updated: 8/15/12

The 2010 BMW X5 has good performance, but with a worst-in-class reliability rating, a tiny third row and poor gas mileage, it’s ranked near the bottom of the luxury midsize SUV class.

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The 2010 BMW X5 has a BMW badge, sporty performance and three rows of seats, which may be enough to close the deal with some buyers. It offers a fuel-efficient diesel engine, standard all-wheel drive and an impeccably-made interior. There’s even a high-performance M model. For a performance-oriented SUV, it’s hard to outpace the BMW X5.

However, nearly every other midsize crossover is more practical. The X5’s available third row is cramped, and its iDrive infotainment controls were confusing to many testers. Every model besides the diesel-powered X5 xDrive35d gets fuel economy that ranges from poor to abysmal. Rivals offer more cargo space, and to cap it all off, the BMW X5 has the worst reliability rating in its class. If you’re a BMW enthusiast and you can’t tear yourself away from the blue and white roundel in your quest for a used luxury SUV, you’ll likely be fine with the BMW X5. But other shoppers will find that many other luxury crossovers will suit their needs better.

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Other Cars to Consider

If you’re sold on a German luxury crossover, consider the 2010 Audi Q7. The Q7’s back seat isn’t quite as cramped as the BMW’s, and it also offers an available diesel engine. The Q7 also has an easier to use infotainment system and a slightly better reliability score than the X5.

If performance matters less to you than safety, dependability and interior luxury, take a look at the 2010 Lexus RX 350. The Lexus RX’s reliability rating is at the top of the class, and it gets excellent safety scores as well. It’s not particularly fun to drive, but it has a smooth ride that’s comfortable over rough roads. Plus, test drivers loved its interior tech and well-made cabin.

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