External revisions in the 2010 facelift were restricted to revised body-coloured bumpers and new LED headlamps and tail-lights. The biggest changes to the X5 in recent years, as we’ve already said, have been in the engine bay, with the introduction of new powerplants.
With a kerb weight a little either side of 2.2 tonnes, depending on model, the X5 is usefully lighter than the equivalent Audi Q7 (by nearly 200kg) and the first-generation Range Rover Sport (by a good 300kg). It weighs roughly the same, model for model, as the current Mercedes-Benz M-class, but that still makes it at least 100kg heavier than the Porsche Cayenne, the sportiest of the X5’s rivals.
The X5’s competitive weight is thanks to the use of aluminium for the bonnet, instrument panel and suspension arms and thermoplastic for the front wings.
With an overall length of 4.85 metres, the X5 now has room inside for an optional third row of seats, bringing its seating capacity in line with the longer-still Audi Q7 and Mercedes-Benz GL.