We enjoyed the X5's performance and functionality, but our experience with it was severely compromised by an unacceptable series of mechanical and electronic malfunctions and a perception of material cost-cutting.
Like its predecessor, the second-generation X5 disappoints when it goes off the beaten track. Instead of offering a height-adjustable air suspension, it can be had with such pavement-oriented goodies as active steering, adjustable antiroll bars, and switchable
The luxury SUV market is one of the most contested segments around. While the new X5 doesn't look a whole lot different, it gets a third row seat, more power, and a long list of other improvements. A diesel engine is expected soon for the US market, making the