2017 BMW X5 Walk Around

Today’s X5 exhibits a softer appearance than its predecessors. Wearing BMW’s familiar kidney-shaped grille with chrome surrounds, flanked by nicely positioned headlights, the front end shows a kinship to BMW’s sedans.

With its tapered roofline and low windows, the X5 looks a bit more wagon-like than typical SUVs. A character line reaches back to LED taillights, adding a bit of wedge shaping to the profile.


Inside, the X5 looks like all BMWs, starting with the bright, driver-centered cockpit and shelf-style dashboard configuration. Materials are excellent, matched by top-notch infotainment. Now including a 10.2-inch touchscreen, the iDrive display is crisp and colorful.

Standard poplar wood trim and black leatherette upholstery may be replaced by either of two options: ivory white or mocha Nappa leather. Dakota leather goes into the xDrive50i.

Front occupants are separated by a wide console that includes ample storage. Because of the standard sunroof, six-footers have scant headroom unless seats are reclined.

Although seven passengers can fit inside, the folding third-row seat is mighty small and challenging to reach, except for youngsters. Without third-row seating, cargo space totals 23 cubic feet, expanding to 66 cubic feet with second-row seatbacks down.

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