BMW's reputation for building engaging driver's cars meant it probably shouldn't have been a surprise when it set the standard for SUV handling with its first effort, the 2000 X5.
Over two successive generations, it has grown in size, added a third-row option (since 2007), and introduced a rear-wheel-drive variant (since 2013).
One of BMW's biggest-selling models, the X5 range covers a broad spectrum of engines including an eco-focused hybrid and performance-biased M model.
One of the best SUVs to drive in terms of handling
Wide range of engines from economical 4-cylinder diesel to powerful V8
Cabin and boot space further enlarged with third generation (2013 on)
Intuitive and smartly presented iDrive infotainment system
Latest X5 doesn't ride or steer as well as previous generations
Interior has improved though has yet to set any segment benchmark
Limited boot space with seven-seater option
Bulkier, US-focused styling of current model
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.