Review of 2012 BMW X5
The 2012 BMW X5 ranks 12 out of 19 Luxury Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of 74 published reviews and test drives of the BMW X5.
The 2012 BMW X5 is one of the sportiest SUVs on the market, and reviewers love how nimble this family hauler can be. But the X5 is more expensive than comparably-equipped competitors, and its third row of seats is only suitable for the smallest of passengers.
Nearly every reviewer agrees that the 2012 BMW X5 is one of the best-driving, best-handling SUVs on the market, but automotive journalists say the X5 certainly has its downsides, like its high price, complicated iDrive infotainment system and nearly-unusable optional third row of seats. “But even with these drawbacks in mind,” writes Edmunds, “the 2012 BMW X5 is a top pick among a strong group of competitors.”
The auto press says the interior of the BMW X5 is well-made and luxurious, and its driving dynamics are precise and powerful. They add that the X5 is surprisingly nimble for a vehicle so tall and heavy, and even its base engine, a twin-turbo inline six-cylinder, is plenty powerful for most drivers. Shoppers should keep in mind, though, that the X5 is only an SUV in the loosest sense of the word. BMW calls its crossover a “sport activity vehicle,” which means that those who need burly, go-anywhere capabilities should look elsewhere.
Still, the BMW X5 isn’t all rainbows and sunshine for reviewers. They consistently report that BMW’s efforts to simplify and improve its complex iDrive infotainment system don’t go far enough. While the system is better than the original version, it’s still complicated and requires a lot of the driver’s attention to operate. Plus, the X5’s base price doesn’t offer many features that other SUVs include standard. Still, the consensus remains: If you have the money to spend and want an SUV with sporty handling, the 2012 BMW X5 is a great choice.