2018 BMW X5 Walk Around

Undeniably upscale, the X5 might fall short in automotive personality, due to relatively bland styling. Any appearance deficits tend to be offset by the X5’s refined and spacious cabin, as well as its powertrain and handling capabilities.

Conspicuous up front is BMW’s twin kidney grille. Subtle creases highlight the bodysides. The two-piece, power-operated tailgate can serve as a temporary seat when parked for an outdoor event. Although it may hamper loading of larger items, it also prevents cargo from falling out when the rear hatch is opened.


BMW’s conservative design principles apply to the X5’s cabin as well as its body. Not only is the interior warmly appealing, it provides abundant space for five adult occupants.

Cargo space is plentiful, totaling 23 cubic feet with rear seatbacks up, expanding to 66 cubic feet when they’re folded. The optional third-row seat is best suited for youngsters.

Controls are arranged in a straightforward layout, easy to reach. The driver faces a hefty, triple-spoke steering wheel.

Front seats provide ample support. Multi-contoured seats are the most inviting. Second-row seats promise satisfying space as well as an excellent view, due to the X5’s low beltline.

Infotainment centers on a 10.2-inch touchscreen and BMW’s newest, excellent version of iDrive, using a touchpad and control knob. Apple CarPlay is available.

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