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.