2007 BMW X5 Review
The X5 delivers sports sedan performance and optional seating for seven, but is not the best off-road option. If you're in the market for a luxury midsize SUV, you should also consider the highly rated Lexus RX 350, Acura MDX and Infiniti FX, or the Land Rover LR3 for better off-road performance.
Updated for 2007, the BMW X5 offers superior on-road performance and a plush interior, with a very similar look to the 2006 model. Automobile Magazine sums it up best, describing the X5 as "a perfect mix of luxury and sport." The redesigned X5's extra size, seating, and cargo room pushed the to call it the "most family oriented vehicle BMW has developed and built to date." Motor Trend says that despite these changes, "BMW openly admits that with the second generation it aimed to keep the basic character of the original... So don't be surprised if your neighbor doesn't ooh and awe over your 'enhanced' X5."
Even with its increased size, critics rave that the 2007 BMW X5 drives like a sport sedan. Edmunds finds the X5 "still very entertaining to drive as luxury SUVs go." They go on to remind buyers that the X5 is best suited for on-road family activities, commenting, "Realizing that most SUV buyers rarely, if ever, venture off-road, BMW designed the X5 for on-road performance and handling." The X5's on-road performance is so strong that Car and Driver named it as a major factor in their ranking the X5 third out of eight in a comparison of luxury mid-size SUVs, and didn't miss off-road performance much. In fact, they write, "Off-roaders will still rue the lack of low-range four-wheel drive, but BMW's traction- and stability-control systems proved so adept - and so transparent in their disciplinary actions - that the X5 rarely had trouble digging through [snow] drifts."
Once buyers add popular options, the 2007 BMW X5's price can easily top $60,000. Despite a high price compared to most luxury SUVs, the X5 received a 2007 SmartChoice award from IntelliChoice for its history of high resale value, and earns a "better than average" value rating, based on total cost of ownership compared to others in its class. Those who don't need the absolute highest-rated driving performance available in an SUV can spend less by going with the capable Acura MDX. As says, the MDX is a solid choice unless "money is no object. In that case, there's nothing quite like a Bimmer."