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.