Premium large SUVs need to be spacious, practical and plush, because the people buying them usual have families to transport and don’t expect to have to put up with a mediocre cabin given what they’ve had to shell out.
That’s why cars such as the Land Rover Discovery, Porsche Cayenne, Range Rover Sport, Volkswagen Touareg, and Volvo XC90 are strong and popular rivals.
The X5 is available with a choice of six engines – two versions of a V8 petrol, a four-cylinder diesel or three different versions of a six-cylinder diesel. There are only two trims available: entry-level SE or sportier M Sport. The range-topping X5M is a standalone model. The X5 is one of the best-handling models in its class, and all of its engines provide strong performance.
Keep the engine choice sensible, though, and there are low running costs to enjoy, too.
However, while its cabin is good quality, rivals such as the Range Rover Sport and Volvo XC90 feel even more special inside, while some of its engines – particularly the four-cylinder diesel – sound gruff next to rival units.