The Bavarian engineers didn't have an easy tasks on their hands when they had to create the X5. This is an SAV, a Sports Activity Vehicle, so it had to stick to the road during corners that were approached by overly-confident drivers, but it also fights in the SUV category, which means that it has to offer the level of comfort of a premium large sedan.
We'll cover the bits and pieces that lead to the accomplishment of the first in the "Tech facts" chapter, so for now we shall focus on the part that talks with your body rather than to your mind.
It all starts with the increase in size brought by the launch of the second generation. You'd expect an SUV of this size to offer generous space up front, but take a back seat in the X5 and you'll simply be amazed by how much space you've got. In fact, the whole interior is designed with the US market in mind, which means that even your fingers have plenty of space when they're navigating across the dashboard.
The soundproofing is well-executed and it only allows a very small amount of the action going on outside to enter the cabin, just to keep the driver happy.
However, if you really want to keep the driver happy, you'll have to opt for the M suspension, just like in the case of our test car and this will throw away some of the comfort. If you want to please all the humans inside the car, it's best to mix the aforementioned suspension with the 19-inch wheels included in the M package rather than with the 20-inch rims our test car was rolling on.
The X5 also comes with an optional third row of seats, but we didn't have such a feature on our test car.Continue reading