We sampled a 2019 X5 xDrive40i, the basic configuration of the X5 which features a 3.0-liter inline-six engine with 335 horsepower mated to an all-wheel-drive system. Even with the base motor, our X5 had $10,835 worth of options which brought the price to $72,530.

A huge number, to be sure, but not anywhere out of line for a premium product. The BMW 530i sedan we tested in 2017 cost $2,000 more, despite having a smaller cabin, less-powerful motor and rear-wheel drive. Pretty much everything in this class can be loaded up to over $70,000, so it comes down to what you get for the price.

In the case of the X5, the list is exhaustive. It has adaptive lights with laser high beams, massively increasing your range of vision at night. A Harman Kardon surround system is on board, as is BMW’s latest version of iDrive. The fantastic infotainment system not only makes short work of any navigation or multimedia function, but it also supports the gimmicky (but fun) gesture control. Rotate your finger in the air and the volume goes up, make a fist twice to go home or shoot a “v” at the center screen to mute the music.



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