The BMW X5 was this German automaker's first entry into the luxury SUV segment. Realizing that most SUV buyers rarely, if ever, venture off-road, BMW tuned the X5 for excellent on-road performance and handling. Even the original version drove as nicely as luxury sedans of its day, and subsequent X5s have only gotten more refined and luxurious. Built at BMW's first American assembly plant in South Carolina, the X5 has been a huge hit for BMW in the U.S.
Although the first-generation BMW X5 only sat five people, subsequent generations have offered a third-row seat, along with more cargo capacity. The interior is elegant, with solid construction and high-quality materials. Models with the upgraded and extended leather options are particularly impressive. From the driver seat, you're presented with classic BMW gauges and a large central display screen with crisp graphics. The front seats are nicely shaped and adjust for a wide range of body types. The X5 remains a fine choice, new or used, for a midsize luxury crossover SUV.