Just a little climb, and you’re perched snuggly in the commanding seating position of the X5. One with a large glass area. This, with the large mirrors, greatly aid outward visibility which makes it so much easier to navigate through traffic. Being a gizmo freak, my favourite is surely the fully-digital instrument cluster. It is smartly designed, with a flowing affect, onto the wide touchscreen infotainment screen, like a solid slab of glass. The high resolution just pampers your senses, and all the functions are intuitive to use, even on the go.
If you’re a fan of things that ‘bling’, the X5 attracts with a jewel-stone finish gear lever and glossy buttons around the gear lever. The latter though, can get tricky to read in bright sunlight. In terms of stowage, there’s generous space on the door pads, centre console, glove-box and inside the front centre arm rest too.
As for the front seats, the leather, premium cushioning and contours literally had me luxuriating in them. And the support is so good that, in contrast, your couch therapist would be cast in a poor light. Besides that, finding an impeccable driving position is easy thanks to every conceivable bit being electrically adjustable. Whether it is the headrest angle, lumbar, lateral support or thigh support - everything is at the touch of a button.
Even the 40:20:40 rear bench is extremely comfortable, and what exemplifies this sense of space is the large panorama sunroof. There’s loads of headroom, shoulder room and knee-room, making it luxurious for two passengers. Now, although a middle passenger can be seated, the middle section’s firm cushioning will certainly make it far from ideal. At the same time, we would have loved some more thigh support, and there should have been an adjustable backrest.
In terms of storage for the rear section, there are deep door pads, a drop-down storage rack for your folders, a usable compartment in the centre console, and some more in the central armrest. Rear seat passengers can also treat themselves with the four-zone climate control, complete with vents on the centre-console, under the front seats, and the B-pillars!
When it comes to the X5’s boot, it uses twin split-tailgates which electronically fling vertically open to showcase a large 650-litre enclosure. For starters, which space could swallow a weekend’s worth of luggage. Additionally, yank the levers on both ends of the boot, and the enclosure expands to 1870-litres! Meanwhile, loading is also made easier via the ride-height adjust button on the tailgate.
In terms of features, the list is endless. But those that stand out are the BMW laserlights with adaptive function, soft-shutting doors, a 5-step ride height adjust, 12.3-inch fully digital instrument display and a 12.3-inch HD infotainment touchscreen with iDrive and 3D maps. Music lovers get a Harman Kardon 16 speaker surround system with wireless Apple CarPlay functionality. There’s also a 360-degree surround view, 4 zone climate control with rear vents on the centre console and pillars and a panorama sunroof. Safety equipment includes 6 airbags, ABS, attentiveness assist, cornering brake control and traction control.