BMW’s just-right size approach to the X5 means it makes a lot of sense as a five-seater, and a bit less with three rows.
If you regularly carry more than five, the Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7 work exceptionally well.
The Q7 is at the opposite end of the spectrum: so nearly perfect that it can be almost forgettable.
The XC90 is dripping with personality and class, although its powertrains aren’t as refined as those in the BMW.
For five-seaters, the Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class lineup gets a new generation this year, one with mild-hybrid technology and a plethora of advanced safety features, as well as a third-row seat.
If your weekend cabin is well off the beaten path, head straight to your Lexus dealer for a GX 460.
It’s not as pleasant on the highway as any of its rivals, but its trucky roots mean it can go much further.
The Land Rover Range Rover Sport offers a third row that, frankly, you don’t want, but it is so polished on and off-road that you’ll forget all about that demerit.
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|2019 BMW X5Browse Used Listings||2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE ClassBrowse Used Listings||2019 Audi Q7Browse Used Listings||2019 Land Rover Range Rover SportBrowse Used Listings||2019 Lexus GXBrowse Used Listings||2019 Volvo XC90Browse Used Listings|
|17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 18 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy|
|Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-6||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded V-6||Premium Unleaded V-8||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Standard SUV 4WD||Small SUV 2WD||Standard SUV 4WD||N/A||N/A||Standard SUV 2WD|
|xDrive40i Sports Activity Vehicle||GLE 350 SUV||Premium 45 TFSI quattro||V6 Supercharged SE *Ltd Avail*||GX 460 4WD||T5 FWD Momentum|
|All Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Sports Activity Vehicle||Sport Utility||quattro Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility||Sport Utility|
|Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|
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|2019 BMW X5 vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Class||2019 BMW X5 vs. 2019 Audi Q7||2019 BMW X5 vs. 2019 Land Rover Range Rover Sport||2019 BMW X5 vs. 2019 Lexus GX||2019 BMW X5 vs. 2019 Volvo XC90|