2005 BMW X5 vs. 2002 BMW M3

To start off, 2005 BMW X5 is newer by 3 year(s). Which means there will be less support and parts availability for 2002 BMW M3. In addition, the cost of maintenance, including insurance, on 2002 BMW M3 would be higher. At 3,997 cc (8 cylinders), 2002 BMW M3 is equipped with a bigger engine. In terms of performance, 2002 BMW M3 (444 HP @ 7400 RPM) has 229 more horse power than 2005 BMW X5. (215 HP @ 4000 RPM) In normal driving conditions, 2002 BMW M3 should accelerate faster than 2005 BMW X5. With that said, vehicle weight also plays an important factor in acceleration. 2005 BMW X5 weights approximately 1070 kg more than 2002 BMW M3.

Because 2005 BMW X5 is four wheel drive (4WD), it will have significant more traction and grip than 2002 BMW M3. In wet, icy, snow, or gravel driving conditions, 2005 BMW X5 will offer significantly more control. With that said, do keep in mind that many other factors such as speed and the wear on your tires can also have significant impact on traction and control. Let's talk about torque, 2005 BMW X5 (520 Nm) has 40 more torque (in Nm) than 2002 BMW M3. (480 Nm). This means 2005 BMW X5 will have an easier job in driving up hills or pulling heavy equipment than 2002 BMW M3.

Compare all specifications:

2005 BMW X5 2002 BMW M3
Model X5 M3
Year Released 2005 2002
Engine Position Front Front
Engine Size 2926 cc 3997 cc
Engine Cylinders 6 cylinders 8 cylinders
Engine Type in-line V
Valves per Cylinder 4 valves 4 valves
Horse Power 215 HP 444 HP
Engine RPM 4000 RPM 7400 RPM
Torque 520 Nm 480 Nm
Drive Type 4WD Rear
Transmission Type Manual Manual
Vehicle Weight 2170 kg 1100 kg
Wheelbase Size 2830 mm 2890 mm


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