Looking for a classy yet affordable 4x4 then look no further.
The heart of this big wagon is the three-litre all-aluminium straight-six cylinder turbodiesel, fed by common-rail high-pressure direct-injection and two - one small, the other large - turbochargers. The pair work together - the smaller one starts proceedings and the larger one kicks in later on - to produce 225kW and 600Nm.
BMW's all-wheel drive system runs 60 percent rear and 40 percent front, although it varies according to the conditions. The big Beemer also boasts brake energy regeneration and a cruise control system with braking function, which holds a speed better than some radar-controlled cruise control systems.
The cabin has typically-German functionality, with illuminated storage, a big infotainment screen and the flight-controller style joystick standing in for a conventional gearshifter. There's plenty of room, with the rear passengers benefiting from the deeply scalloped seatbacks to get every millimetre of available knee room.
The 620-litre boot (which expands to 1750 litres with the seats folded) has clever tie-down rings and some sub-floor storage (around the temporary spare).
Wearing a five-star crash test rating, the X5 gets dual front, side and curtain airbags, active front headrests, four-wheel ventilated discs brakes with anti-lock function, stability control (including corner-braking, hill-descent and roll-over systems), with the subtle and clever all-wheel drive system operating quietly in the background.