This BMW X5 video review includes information about price, fuel economy, comfort, interior space and quality, and the various engines available in its sDrive35i, xDrive35i, xDrive35d and xDrive50i models. For more information, read the 2014 BMW X5 review.
There are three engines available in the X5. The 35i has a 300-hp turbo-6, the 50i has a 450 hp turbo V8 and the 35d has a turbodiesel engine that produces 413 pound-feet of torque and returns 26 mpg combined. Acceleration is excellent with all of them, even the base engine.
The X5 feels big, heavy and solid to drive, with a supremely composed highway ride, and a seating position that seems higher up than many competitors. If you're looking for that commanding view of the road, this has it.
Inside, back seat legroom is simply acceptable, and you have to pay extra to get seat adjustments. There is a third row available, but only small children could fit back there. The cheaper Acura MDX or pricier Mercedes GL would be better for families. There's also only 66 cubic feet of maximum cargo space, which isn't much better than BMW's smaller X3.
At the same time, the interior definitely feels like it belongs in the upper echelon of luxury SUVs. Materials and construction are top notch, the seats are incredibly comfortable and the iDrive interface is fairly easy to use. Even the design isn't as stoic as its predecessor's. If you're looking for luxury, this has it.
The X5 gets an A rating from the Edmunds editors. If you can afford it, its superb engines, ultra refinement and composed highway ride make it not only one of the best luxury SUVs, but a high-riding alternative to BMW's luxury sedans as well.