The 2014 BMW X5 is one of the best-handling midsize luxury crossovers around. Whether driving on back roads or on an endless expanse of interstate, the X5 is a champ, feeling secure and stable, yet also really fun to drive.
xDrive35i (all-wheel drive) models feature a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine that produces 300 hp and 300 pound-feet of torque. At our test track, the xDrive35i sprinted from a standstill to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds, which places it at the top of its class. All X5s regardless of engine or drive configuration get an eight-speed automatic transmission. All xDrive versions also have hill descent control. EPA estimates 21 mpg combined (18 mpg city/27 mpg highway).
As with most BMWs, the X5's interior layout is elegant, with solid construction and high-quality materials. Models with upgraded and extended leather options like this one are particularly impressive. From the driver's seat, you're presented with classic BMW gauges and a large central display screen with crisp graphics. The front seats are nicely shaped and adjust for a wide range of body types.
Every 2014 BMW X5 includes stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, automatic brake drying, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, and active head restraints. Also standard is the BMW Assist emergency communications system, which provides automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery, and on-demand roadside assistance.