Like the previous-generation (non-diesel) X5 that sits in my parents' driveway, this sport activity vehicle probably won't see much time off-road. But that's OK - the reason to buy the X5 is for its stellar performance on tarmac. Forget describing the steering as balanced or beautifully weighted for a vehicle of its size--most vehicles of its size have very little steering feel at all! Every time I want to find something to criticize about an X5 (an awkward third row, outdated iDrive, spongy brake pedal), I always remember that, for the most part, it drives like a car. Add a modern diesel to the mix, and there's even more to like here.
Jeffrey Jablansky, Intern