From the Logbook
"This is an SUV? The X5 is a blast to drive in the canyons, and throttle response is fantastic. I've never had more fun driving a 'ute. If you want the keys back, you're gonna have to use a crowbar to pry 'em outta my fingers!" Scott Mead
"Great warble from the throaty V-8, and tranny sport mode makes driving fun. Wonderfully supportive seats make the miles easily roll by." John Matthius
"The X5 is a great rig, but no bargain. I can't fathom paying this much for a vehicle that doesn't have even a single-play CD unit. For $60 grand, there ought to be one in front, one in back, and a 38-CD stacker hidden somewhere. That said, I'll never tire of the way it performs, communicates with the driver, or is built." Matt Stone
What's New, Changed, Different
BMW finally offers a DVD-based navigation system, although you still have to give up the in-dash CD player if you opt for nav. The sports-car-quick 4.6-liter/340-horse is the hot ticket. If you prefer to select cogs manually, a five-speed is available on the 3.0i. Adjustable ride height is now available without the Sport package; rear head-protection airbags are now standard, as are the new Adaptive brake lights: Under hard braking, the brake lights illuminate more intensely, alerting following drivers of an emergency braking situation.