Whether or not you like iDrive, the oversized screen does provide a benefit for X5s equipped with the optional backup camera. With the camera comes a trailer-friendly bull's-eye superimposed on the video image with a line extending from the hitch to help align your trailer. Additionally, a set of concentric circles radiates from the back bumper to indicate how much farther you have to move to align the ball and coupler, effectively making the hookup a one-person operation. (We wonder how many X5 owners actually tow.) Likewise, the X5's electronic stability control, as before, features a sensor to detect trailer sway.

The new BMW is in dealer showrooms now. The 3.0si starts at $46,595 and the 4.8i has an MSRP of $55,195.

2007 BMW X5 4.8i
Base price $55,195
Price as tested $64,390
Layout Front engine, AWD, 4-door, 7-pass SUV
Engine 4.8L/350-hp/350 lb-ft DOHC 32-valve V-8
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase, in 115.1
Length x width x height, in 191.1 x 76.1 x 69.5
Curb weight, lb 5535
GVWR, lb 6537
Payload capacity, lb 1002
Towing capacity, lb 6000
0-60 mph, sec 6.0 (est)
Quarter mile, sec @ mph 14.4 @ 95.5 (est)
60-0 mph, ft 115 (est)
EPA fuel econ, city/hwy 15/21