The BMW X5 is well powered in all trims. The base engine is a smooth revving 3.0-liter straight six with a turbocharger that produces 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. The engine is quick enough to get the 4,700-pound vehicle to 60 miles per hour in a hair over six seconds.
If that isn't enough for you, BMW also offers a 4.4-liter V8 for those who need more power in their lives, with 445 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque, making it very fast. If you'd prefer to save some gas, BMW offers a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbodiesel, which offers 255 hp and an awesome 413 lb-ft of torque, while also offering 23 miles per gallon city and 29 mpg highway.
There's also a hybrid version that combines electric motors with a four-cylinder turbo to make 308 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, while also giving the X5 an electric-only range of 14 miles. Strangely though, the hybrid version doesn't get better gas mileage than the diesel, with a combined rating of 25 mpg. It's better in the city, but you won't notice a difference when cruising on the highway.
The X5 is available with rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive trims get hill descent control, although you won't be able to tackle off-road challenges like a Land Rover. Base trims of the X5 are set up for comfort, so they can feel fairly disconnected in the corners with very little road feedback to inspire confidence. The M Sport's suspension tune works well to help mitigate this, but steering feel remains distant. The best option is the adaptive suspension, which allows for the best of both words. It's comfortable yet feels in control on the road.