After we put the redesigned BMW X5 through our test program, there was no debate: it’s among the best SUVs we’ve tested. It is a luxurious, slick, and well-rounded vehicle. With each new generation, the X5 has become more refined and comfortable, but less of a crisp-handling SUV. We think this redesign optimally balances comfort, agility, power delivery, and interior quality.
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BMW X5 Road Test

After we put the redesigned BMW X5 through our test program, there was no debate: it’s among the best SUVs we’ve tested. It is a luxurious, slick, and well-rounded vehicle. With each new generation, the X5 has become more refined and comfortable, but less of a crisp-handling SUV. We think this redesign optimally balances comfort, agility, power delivery, and interior quality.

This fourth-generation X5 comes standard with five seats, although a small third-row seat is available as an option.

The X5 is powerful and efficient, which is a rare combination. The six-cylinder engine has instantaneous response without a hint of the hesitation that’s so common from turbo lag, when the turbo needs to spool up to make power. As a result, 0-60 mph acceleration is thrilling at just 6 seconds. The eight-speed automatic transmission shifts quickly and smoothly. Plus, the X5’s 23 mpg overall is the best among its gasoline-only peers.

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All X5s come with standard forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind spot warning. We would add the Driver Assistance Plus package which includes features that allow the X5 to steer itself and maintain speed, which can be a stress reducer in stop and go traffic. The xDrive4...
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