The 2017 BMW X5 continues to be a benchmark for any automaker contemplating a new luxury mid-size SUV. The X5’s off-road-ability is outweighed by its superb on-road manners, but that’s on purpose—it’s a luxury family wagon tailored for comfort, meant for gated-community garages everywhere. The X5 is engineered in Germany and built in South Carolina.
The X5 is more gracefully sculpted than its ancestors. There’s plenty of X3 down the sides, where the tapered roofline and lower beltline nudge it gently toward a more sport-wagon-like form. In the cockpit, the monolithic bulge of BMW’s latest dash designs shows up in swell form, made distinctive this time with a choice of neutral and brown leathers over the standard black leatherette