The X5 M’s cabin satisfies most of the conflicting demands made of a fast SUV with consummate ease.
Buyers will expect a supportive, cocooned driving position and plenty of performance flavour, but also a lavish, luxurious, high-tech ambience and outstanding comfort and convenience. Put simply, fast SUV owners want it all – and this BMW makes a fine fist of providing it.
There’s no mistaking the raised driving position that you slide into from the kerb for anything other than an SUV hallmark, but it’s also a little more recumbent than in some rivals. The multi-adjustable seats have generous under-thigh support and good shape and bolstering, and they’re excellent over long distances.
The standard equipment on the X5 M is impressive as you would expect of a range-topper, with it getting a 20GB iDrive infotainment system with sat nav, Bluetooth, USB interface and wireless charging all as standard. There is also the addition of heated front sports seats, a leather upholstery, wifi hotspot preparation, and a powered tailgate.
The Mugello Red merino leathers and carbonfibre inlays of our test car may look a bit crass, but they’re optional. More important, the hide is beautifully supple, soft and attentively finished, and it can swathe the entirety of the dashboard and doorcards should you want it to.