93: BMW X5 – still arguably the best large SUV to drive

Top 100 cars of 2020: Beemer remains handsome, if a touch on the large side

BMW has long been a car selfishly designed around the person sat behind the wheel, and the X5 delivers here

BMW has long been a car selfishly designed around the person sat behind the wheel, and the X5 delivers here

 

BMW’s big SUV is now actually its medium-sized SUV since the arrival of the elephantine X7. But while the X7 is divisively enormous, the X5 remains handsome, if a touch on the large side.

That largeness doesn’t necessarily extend to the interior though - while those in the front revel in genuine luxury and exceptional quality, those in the back will be a touch cramped, to say nothing of those sat in the optional third-row foldaway seats.

Then again, a BMW has long been a car selfishly designed around the person sat behind the wheel, and the X5 delivers here. It’s still arguably the best large SUV to drive.

Best model: x5 xDrive 30d xLine for €88,264

Price range: €83,185 to €123,915 Finance from €724 per month.

Co2 emissions: 39 to 238g/km

Sum up: Tight inside but handsome outside.

* A note on Co2 figures: For almost all the cars in the Top 100, we’ve quoted the stricter WLTP figures for Co2 emissions. A few are still quoted on their older NEDC2 figure, and that’s the number they’ll be taxed on. If you’re confused at all, just consult your local dealer for specific data for the make and model in which you’re interested.