In the 2010s, we take high performance crossovers for granted. But in 2000, when the first X5 appeared in showrooms, the concept of a BMW SUV seemed oxymoronic to many automotive enthusiasts. Who would want a BMW that couldn’t handle as well as other BMWs? Likewise, who would want an SUV that wasn’t as practical as other SUVs? The answer was simple: Americans. BMW judged its market well, and the crossover designed for on-road performance is now in its second generation.