BMW X5: The capability of a midsize SUV and the drivability of a sports sedan.

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The BMW X5 rises to the top as one of the best luxury midsize SUVs on the Canadian market thanks to a hard-to-compete-with combo of refinement, luxury and raw power throughout.

When talking about cars that achieve the nearly impossible hard-to-reach balance between sport and luxury, look no further than the BMW X5. Both graceful and powerful, it encapsulates everything that one of the best luxury midsize SUVs money can buy needs to have. It boasts nimble and stable handling, a lineup of hearty engines, supremely comfortable front seats, and a sleek, yet user-friendly infotainment system. This is an SUV that you should definitely invest in if your budget allows it as there’s simply not a better choice at the moment.

More Power Options Than You Need, Really

There are a total of four powertrain options awaiting under the hood of the X5, each giving rise to a different model of the car. The base version is a 3.0-litre turbocharged gasoline six-cylinder that generates 300 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. There’s also a 3.0-litre turbo diesel with 255 horsepower and 413 lb.-ft. of torque. If you’re into alternative fuel options, you might want to consider the X5 powered by a combination of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder and electricity that puts out a healthy 308 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque. Lastly, the top-of-the-line powerhouse is a 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 that roars its way to unleashing 445 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. of torque. The top three engine options come with standard xDrive or all-wheel drive, so it’s pretty much only a matter of your personal preference and intended use of your X5.

The simplest possible way to describe the feeling of staying inside the BMW X5 is to say it is extremely comfortable. The standard 14-way power adjustable front seats make for a cushy place to spend the day, especially thanks to supportive cushioning. Fine tuning is nearly limitless thanks to 20 different power adjustments available in the optional multi-contour front seats. You can even add a third row of seats in select models, though the X5 comes standard with two rows and seating for five. The interior is extremely well-built and handsome, which is to be expected from a legendary car maker such as BMW. Standard materials include synthetic leather and wood trim, though you can add the bells and whistles in the form of aluminum running boards, ceramic controls, a leather-wrapped dash and Nappa leather seats.

Expertly Engineered For Everyone’s Taste

The X5 is one of the rare cars that is both comfortable and athletic at the same time. This comes as a result of its well-controlled body movements and responsive steering. While the X5’s ride is typically more on the stiffer side, the suspension never feels too harsh and actually adds to its nimble nature. As mentioned, all-wheel-drive is standard with the exception of the starting trim level. Add to that the fact that base model’s 300-horsepower power plant offers plenty of oomph for most drivers, and it’s clear that the X5 is one heck of an SUV. Even the base version comes with energetic acceleration and smooth performance, and you’re able to go to the extreme if you’re so inclined by opting for the top-level X5 M that can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4 seconds and puts out 567 horsepower.

Job Well Done, BMW

The BMW X5 is the perfect answer if you’re the type of driver that drools over the light-footed feel and brisk acceleration of a sports car but also want the convenience and size of a midsize SUV. That said, you’d be wrong to think vigorous performance is all you get with the X5. The infotainment system is wildly impressive and easy to use, and the front seats are some of the most comfortable in the class as a result of countless adjustment options. Put simply, the BMW X5 serves as THE benchmark for modern luxury performance crossover SUVs and that makes it a no-brainer, period.