Here are 5 Things to know about the 2015 BMW X5:
1. There are three versions to consider, each of which correspond to an engine. The 35i has a 300-hp turbo-6 that should be more than enough for most, while the 35d's turbodiesel engine produces 413 pound-feet of torque and returns 27 mpg combined. The 50i's twin-turbo V8 is good for a ridiculous 445 horsepower and a 0-60 time of under 5 seconds.
2. The X5 feels big, heavy and solid to drive, with a supremely comfortable and composed highway ride that gets better with the optional rear air suspension. Unfortunately, it's not as sharp or responsive to drive as past versions.
3. The cabin is beautiful, with top-notch materials and construction, and a wealth of comfort, convenience and customization options. The iDrive tech interface can be a bit tough to acclimate too, though.
4. The front seats are very comfortable, and are practically unbeatable with the optional multicontour seats. Rear seat space and cargo room are merely acceptable given the X5's exterior dimensions.
5. As impressive as the X5 is, though, it's very expensive. A similarly equipped Volvo XC90 or Acura MDX would be at least $10,000 cheaper and we're not sure if the X5 is THAT much better.
Despite its questionable value, we gave the BMW X5 an A rating. Make sure to read its full review and consider its fellow top-rated luxury SUVs, the XC90, MDX and Porsche Cayenne, as well as the forthcoming Lexus RX and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class.