The posh SUV test
BMW X5 takes on Range Rover Sport TDV6 and Cayenne Diesel in the war of the big 4x4s
Posted: 12 Feb 2014
But it's the Porsche Cayenne Diesel that comes last in this test, simply because it's a slightly strange mix in this specification. Not genuinely fast, genuinely comfortable or absolutely practical, it feels like the car that rounded off a range rather than aimed to be the pick of it. It's nice enough, but no stand-out. The BMW is a similar conundrum in that it is hugely improved over the old model, but has become merely a tall BMW, rather than a defined character in its own right. Tot up the points - dynamics, interior, engine, looks - and it seems like the X5 is in for a chance at the title, but everyone that drove it came away with the feeling that they could have stepped from any BMW product. Which then leads you down the inevitable road of comparing it to a 5-Series Touring, at which point the X5 starts to look a lot less attractive. It's good and if you liked the last one, you'll be impressed, but it doesn't seem to have any light behind the eyes in this spec.