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Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
Segment: Premium SUV

The first generation of the BMW X5 was introduced in 1999 and, following the success of SUV success, it prepared a major facelift for it that was introduced in 2003.

When BMW owned the Land Rover brand, it worked together with the British brand about how to build a successful SUV. Both brands had experience in luxury products, but only Land Rover had a true off-road heritage. The hill descent control, the split-tailgate, and the torque distribution method were parts that made the X5 a great success.

The X5 was based on the E39 5-Series platform and that kept the production costs lower. The design lines were taken from the 5-Series as well. At the facelift, a new set of headlights, grille, and bumpers were installed. The taillights were redesigned as well and new wheels were introduced.

Inside, there were not too many modifications. A new infotainment system was available, with a color display on the center stack. The GPS-navigation system was a good addition. A big, panoramic, roof was added to the options list.

For the engine compartment, the X5 received more powerful engines. The 4.6-liter V8 was replaced by a 4.8-liter unit. The diesel engine, which was the most demanded version on the European market was upgraded from 184hp to 218hp. The most important update to the drivetrain was the introduction of the 6-speed automatic instead of the older 5-speed, while the xDrive (all-wheel-drive) system was upgraded.

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BMW X5 (E53) 2003 - 2007
  5 gasoline engines
  • 3.0i 5AT (225 HP)
  • 3.0i 6MT (225 HP)
  • 3.0i 6MT (231 HP)
  • 4.4i 6AT (320 HP)
  • 4.8is 6AT (360 HP)
  1 diesel engine
  • 3.0d 6MT (218 HP)

BMW X5 (E53) 3.0i 5AT (225 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.0i 5AT (225 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
2979 cm3
Power
165 KW @ 5900 RPM
224 HP @ 5900 RPM
221 BHP @ 5900 RPM
Torque
214 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
290 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
24.3 gallons (92.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
130 mph (209 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.6 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/65 R17H
DIMENSIONS
Length
183.7 in (4666 mm)
Width
73.7 in (1872 mm)
Height
67.5 in (1715 mm)
Front/rear Track
62/62 in (1,575/1,575 mm)
Wheelbase
111 in (2819 mm)
Ground Clearance
7.1 in (180 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.4 cuFT (464 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4696 lbs (2130 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5722 lbs (2595 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
13.2 mpg US (17.8 L/100Km)
Highway
24.2 mpg US (9.7 L/100Km)
Combined
18.5 mpg US (12.7 L/100Km)
Notes
Notice
US engine

BMW X5 (E53) 3.0i 6MT (225 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.0i 6MT (225 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
2979 cm3
Power
165 KW @ 5900 RPM
224 HP @ 5900 RPM
221 BHP @ 5900 RPM
Torque
214 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
290 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
24.3 gallons (92.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
130 mph (209 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/65 R17H
DIMENSIONS
Length
183.7 in (4666 mm)
Width
73.7 in (1872 mm)
Height
67.5 in (1715 mm)
Front/rear Track
62/62 in (1,575/1,575 mm)
Wheelbase
111 in (2819 mm)
Ground Clearance
7.1 in (180 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.4 cuFT (464 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4652 lbs (2110 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5722 lbs (2595 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
13.2 mpg US (17.8 L/100Km)
Highway
24.2 mpg US (9.7 L/100Km)
Combined
18.5 mpg US (12.7 L/100Km)
Notes
Notice
US engine

BMW X5 (E53) 3.0i 6MT (231 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.0i 6MT (231 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
2979 cm3
Power
170 KW @ 5900 RPM
231 HP @ 5900 RPM
228 BHP @ 5900 RPM
Torque
221 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
300 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
24.3 gallons (92.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
130.5 mph (210 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/65 R17H
DIMENSIONS
Length
183.7 in (4666 mm)
Width
73.7 in (1872 mm)
Height
67.5 in (1715 mm)
Front/rear Track
62/62 in (1,575/1,575 mm)
Wheelbase
111 in (2819 mm)
Ground Clearance
8 in (203 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.4 cuFT (464 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4399 lbs (1995 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5722 lbs (2595 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
13.2 mpg US (17.8 L/100Km)
Highway
24.2 mpg US (9.7 L/100Km)
Combined
18.5 mpg US (12.7 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
307 g/km

BMW X5 (E53) 4.4i 6AT (320 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.4i 6AT (320 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4398 cm3
Power
235 KW @ 6100 RPM
320 HP @ 6100 RPM
315 BHP @ 6100 RPM
Torque
325 lb-ft @ 3700 RPM
441 Nm @ 3700 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
24.3 gallons (92.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
149.1 mph (240 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
7 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/65 R17 104 H
DIMENSIONS
Length
183.7 in (4666 mm)
Width
73.7 in (1872 mm)
Height
67.5 in (1715 mm)
Front/rear Track
62/62 in (1,575/1,575 mm)
Wheelbase
111 in (2819 mm)
Ground Clearance
8 in (203 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.4 cuFT (464 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4674.6 lbs (2120 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5953.5 lbs (2700 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
12.9 mpg US (18.2 L/100Km)
Highway
23.1 mpg US (10.2 L/100Km)
Combined
18 mpg US (13.1 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
317 g/km

BMW X5 (E53) 4.8is 6AT (360 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  4.8is 6AT (360 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
4799 cm3
Power
265 KW @ 6200 RPM
360 HP @ 6200 RPM
355 BHP @ 6200 RPM
Torque
361 lb-ft @ 3500 RPM
489 Nm @ 3500 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
24.3 gallons (92.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
152.9 mph (246 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
6.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/65 R17 104 H
DIMENSIONS
Length
183.7 in (4666 mm)
Width
73.7 in (1872 mm)
Height
67.5 in (1715 mm)
Front/rear Track
62/62 in (1,575/1,575 mm)
Wheelbase
111 in (2819 mm)
Ground Clearance
8 in (203 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.4 cuFT (464 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4851 lbs (2200 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5953.5 lbs (2700 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
12.6 mpg US (18.7 L/100Km)
Highway
22.4 mpg US (10.5 L/100Km)
Combined
17.4 mpg US (13.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
324 g/km

BMW X5 (E53) 3.0d 6MT (218 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  3.0d 6MT (218 HP)
Cylinders
L6
Displacement
2993 cm3
Power
160 KW @ 4000 RPM
218 HP @ 4000 RPM
215 BHP @ 4000 RPM
Torque
369 lb-ft @ 2000-2750 RPM
500 Nm @ 2000-2750 RPM
Fuel System
Common Rail
Fuel
Diesel
Fuel capacity
24.3 gallons (92.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
130.5 mph (210 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
8.3 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
All Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Ventilated Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
235/65 R 17H
DIMENSIONS
Length
183.7 in (4666 mm)
Width
73.7 in (1872 mm)
Height
67.5 in (1715 mm)
Front/rear Track
62/62 in (1,575/1,575 mm)
Wheelbase
111 in (2819 mm)
Ground Clearance
8 in (203 mm)
Cargo Volume
16.4 cuFT (464 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.35
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4563.7 lbs (2070 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
5919.4 lbs (2685 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20.6 mpg US (11.4 L/100Km)
Highway
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)
Combined
27.4 mpg US (8.6 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
229 g/km
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