Tall, with chunky proportions but smooth lines, the X5 marries BMW's brand identity with the boxy necessities of the SUV genre. Not everyone will like, but it does a good job of slipping in around the median, never going to extremes, except, of course, in the case of the lairy X5 M.
Inside, the X5 is classical yet modern, with tasteful color schemes, quality materials, and careful design focused on clean looks and functional interfaces.
Though there are four main trim lines to the 2012 X5, they differ very little in appearance, with a wide range of exterior and interior customization available. The X5 M is the only real deviation from the lineup, with aggressive body work, larger, lower-profile wheels and wider tires, unique interior elements, and a decidedly racy look.