The new car’s innards don’t move the model away from what will already be familiar to many as an X5. Thus, sophistication and a rifle-clean finish are on the cards, but not necessarily the special sense of superiority found in a Range Rover Sport or Porsche Cayenne.
This remains a premium product and, in expensive M50d finery, there is more than enough aluminium, polished wood and double-stitched leather to remind you of that fact. BMW has introduced two distinct optional styling packs – Design Pure Experience and Excellence – to offer alternative material choices.
Elsewhere, the X5 remains much the same package as before. There is a choice of comfort or sports seats as an option – our M50d test car came with comfort seats that, by and large, lived up to their name – and it’s still possible to spec a third row of seats.
The second row now splits 40/20/40 as standard and there is a sufficient, if not spectacular, amount of room for those with longer legs. The calibre of fit and finish hardly dilutes the farther you get from the front, and gains made in noise refinement – BMW claims 2.5dB across the range – will be felt just as keenly from the back.