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When it first appeared, BMW's X5 premium sport utility vehicle turned the market on its head. Even now, despite the rising number of rivals, the X5's popularity shows no signs of abating.
The latest generation X5 is more powerful, better equipped and dispels the myth that SUVs are poor off-road performers. A new transmission system, xDrive, allows the X5 to tackle terrain that would have had its predecessor spinning its wheels in distress. Two trim levels (SE and Sport) and four engines make up the basic X5 line-up. An entry-level six-cylinder 3.0-litre petrol model is followed by a turbo diesel of the same capacity, with a muscular 4.4 V8 rounding out the regular variants.