The current generation of X5 looks and feels softer and more luxurious, both inside and out.
The X5 has become more graceful looking, but it's not too different from past versions. Like the smaller X3, it wears a tapered roof and a low beltline to mimic the look of a sport wagon, not a sport-utility vehicle. The side sculpting wouldn't look out of place on a Mustang or a 3-Series, and it has the effect of making the tall, thick X5 look lighter on the road. The carved-out sections help guide air around the body, too. The defining line wraps from the front end to the LED taillights, injecting some wedgy goodness into the form. We do wish BMW would drop some of the complexity at the front end. With all the cuts and lines, the X5 looks like it's smirking.
In the cabin, the X5 wears simple black synthetic leather and wood trim on a horizontally bowed dash. That's on base models. The X5 glams up with optional trim bundles, some with white leather and oak, another with darker wood and a blend of black and brown leather. Top V-8 versions have premium Dakota leather and soft metallic trim.
That's before BMW applies style kits to the X5. An M Sport edition wears grey trim and aero add-ons and bigger wheels; Luxury models have bright metallic trim, while xLine versions have blackout trim and metallic window trim.