BMW designed the latest X5 to be more graceful than prior versions, while still preserving links to the smaller X3. The relationship is clear, from the low nose to the tapered roofline that gives both SUVs less a utility-vehicle profile, something more like a sport wagon look.
With its sculpted sides, the X5 drops some visual weight. It also directs air to its rear wheels. A deep shoulder line that spans from the front fenders to the LED taillights gives the shape a subtle wedge. At the front, it's more complex and fraught with lots of little lines, and a deep twin-nostril grille. A bit overwrought, the X5's nose gets LED headlights as an option.
The cockpit won't be lost on any who's driven a recent BMW. The horizontal theme is strong, with controls canted toward the driver. Out of the box, the BMW X5 has black synthetic leather and poplar wood trim. BMW offers white Nappa leather with oak trim, or mocha leather and wood on some models, buttery-rich Dakota leather on others.
Drivers can wend through more trim bundles. Luxury editions wear a little more brightwork, while xLine X5s have blackout trim and bright window trim. An M Sport model has grey trim, glossy roof rails, and upsized wheels.