Biased toward paved-road performance but with a fairly capable off-road side, BMW's X5 is more than just a tall luxury wagon, even if the Germans don't want you to call it an SUV.
Updates for 2013 include a new "chrome line" exterior trim package, a new Orion Silver trim replacing the Platinum Bronze metallic, a reduction in price of the Premium Sound Package, and a renamed Luxury Seating Package. The X5 xDrive35d diesel is still on sale, but only as a 2012 model.
With rather conservative, generically masculine exterior design evidenced in the tall, chunky proportions and aggressive front-end work. Smooth lines and delicate details soften that look a bit, however, leaving the X5 somewhat middle-of-the-road. The story's much the same in the cabin.
Unlike designs that polarize, however, the X5's innocuous shape harmonizes. That is, until you get to the X5 M. With track-inspired flares and scoops, it looks every inch the super activity vehicle.
And it is. Standing at the top of the...