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The third row is cramped, but the rest of the 2012 X5's interior is comfortable, well-built, and quiet.
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The current X5 in general rides better than the first-generation vehicle, and its steering is pleasantly weighted.
Automobile Magazine

Moving off from a stop proved easy, thanks to well mapped light-throttle tip in ECU programming and silky shifts.

Though, as always, I cannot stand the shifter. I don't want to press a button for park-I want to shift into it.
Motor Trend

The optional third row is even more cramped and is suitable only for children.

The driving position remains the same in the X5 with all the controls as they should be – in typical BMW style.
Left Lane News

BMW is well-known for building premium luxury vehicles, and the X5 is no exception. Ride comfort, materials, and seatings space are all part of the X5's design.

It might lack some of the ultimate plushness of a few competitors, but few will complain about the X5's on-road ride. The seats are comfortable (except for the third row, which is predictably cramped), headroom is good, and the suspension's dynamic abilities don't go too far in compromising comfort.

Materials and quality are perfectly on par with other BMW vehicles, and while that won't entail Range Rover-like woods and leathers, it doesn't entail the Range Rover's price tag, either. One complaint noted by our editors is a flimsy plastic panel covering the opening of the hinged tailgate--it's a minor oversight, but an oversight nonetheless.

Wind, tire, and road noise are minimal, with none of the booming that can haunt some SUVs. Close panel gaps and high build quality mean there are no squeaks or rattles, either.

Cargo space, as you'd expect, is good, with the large rear area accepting large packages and the cabin's door-mounted bins, deep center console, and seat-back pockets providing ample passenger compartment storage space.


The third row is cramped, but the rest of the 2012 X5's interior is comfortable, well-built, and quiet.

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