Conservative, bland, masculine, handsome, aggressive. The 2012 BMW X5 is all of these things--it just depends who's doing the looking. 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, a modern and tasteful cabin in the X5 wears lovely color schemes, and high-quality materials. Its design focuses on functional interfaces and clean looks.
The four distinct X5 models don't have much in the way of visual differences. To get a sharply different appearance, there's the X5 M, which adds low-profile tires, deeper air dams and side sills, and interior trim and badges with a racy tilt.