Now in its third generation this market leading SUV is cleaner, quicker and more comfortable than any of its predecessors. It finally looks like a motor that will give the Range Rover Sport a serious run for its money.
Given the success of previous versions of BMW X5, it will come as no surprise to find that there are no massive changes in the style formula. The proportions are marginally bigger with an extra 32mm in length and 5mm in width. There have been some minor cosmetic changes, with the headlights now flowing into the front grille, and aerodynamically beneficial air breather vents stylishly built in to the wheel arches.
The interior has an astounding standard of craft and comfort with quality oozing from every aspect. The driving position is slightly offset and perfectly positioned to give optimum access to the vast range of control features. Central to the dash is the whopping 10.2 inch display screen which is dripping with content, intuitive and easy to use.
Among the array of high-tech options available there is a clever collision warning which can operate safe braking from speeds of up to 40mph. There is also an active cruise control feature that allows the car to creep in heavy traffic and an infra-red camera capable of differentiating between people and animals. The surround camera parking system displays every possible blind spot and the excellent heads-up windscreen display for all of the key information is fitted as standard.
The size of the new BMW X5 may have increased, but the weight has been trimmed down by 5kg. The capacity of the boot has acquired an extra 30 litres taking it to 650 litres when the seats are up. This jumps to an enormous 1,870 litres with the seats down. As with the previous model there is the option of a fold-away third row of seats converting it comfortably up to a 7-seater.
The all round performance has stepped up with the 0-62mph acceleration now at 6.9 seconds. The engine is now capable of better fuel economy and the diesel variant boasts an impressive 45.6mpg with emissions also down to 164g/km.
The vehicle has superb handling for a car of its size with electrically-boosted steering and an incredibly agile chassis. All models are fitted with BMW’s Driving Experience Control as standard. This features a switch that allows the driver to select from a variety of driving modes which include Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Eco Pro.