See How The New 2019 BMW X5 Compares To The Original E53 X5

BMW first debuted the E53 X5 back in 1999 as their first ever SAV, or Sports Activity Vehicle. Since the German automaker still owned Land Rover at the time, the X5 even got to use certain Range Rover off-road components, like the Hill Descent system.

Alas, 20 years have gone by and the X5 is now in its fourth generation, a far cry from the original in terms of tech. Still, in order to see how they compare, Redline Reviews took the latest X5 and placed it alongside a 2001 3.0i model.

If we go by design alone, it’s obvious that BMW have slowly but surely given up on boxier shapes. There are a lot of rounded off surfaces on the new G05 X5, and in contrast, the original model really shows its age.

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Then there’s the size difference, where the E53 X5 is now actually slightly smaller than an X3. However, the E53 arguably still has a strong presence about it, looking rugged and very capable thanks to its generous ground clearance.

Inside, the E53 featured here came with an aftermarket infotainment system, but other than that, it had the same E39 5-Series sourced cabin that was so popular in the late 1990s-early 2000s.

Also, while both models still feature a multiple layer dashboard design, we reckon most people would rather sit behind the wheel of the latest X5, especially given all of its modern convenience features.

In the end though, this reviewer did enjoy several things about the original X5, including the way it rides and the steering feel.


  • Bash

    Its obvious that the new one will surpass the old version by far and a long way.

  • Luciano Feketija

    That dude was wrong even the earliest and all models of x5 are AWD all wheel drive not rear wheel drive vehicles only

  • Alduin

    The new ones interior is going to age terribly. Especially in 20 years the infotainment system won’t work and the gauges won’t either. Don’t get me wrong,I like digital displays but when it comes to gauges let them be analog with a digital speedometer on the top with analog.

  • Alduin

    In 20 years BMW’s cars will have the grille engulf the entire car.

  • Alduin

    Usually previous generation cars have nicer more simpler designs. The new X5’s interior is a mess.

  • Mike-L

    My last two have been pretty flawless. Yeah, the interiors creak after a couple of years, but at least nothing is breaking. Couldn’t say that about the older ones. My E39s door handle broke off in my hand.

  • TheBelltower

    Least favorite video reviewer.

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