Although the X5 is getting a little long in the tooth, it is still a competitive option. BMW has done a good job to keep the X5 looking fresh. They also have kept it from looking “soft”. The car looks almost a little intimidating on the road. The X5 is drives well, however it is not the most engaging option in the “around-$50k” SUV segment. That honor would go the the Porsche Cayenne. It does, however, drive better than the larger Audi Q7 and smaller Mercedes M-class. The BMW is offered with 4 engines, an inline-6, diesiel inline-6, V8 and the monstrous twin-turbo V8 M version. Speaking of the M version, the X5M can go from 0-60 in just 4.5 seconds. That is pretty darn fast, but it should be given the fact that the X5M costs nearly $90k. Prices for the less expensive versions start at $47,000 for the inline-6 -powered xDrive35i. The X5 does offer a 3rd row, albeit a very cramped one. BMW does not recomend the 3rd row for anyone taller than 5’5”. That means only the youngest of people can fit, rendering it useless to most people. If you want more room, look at the Audi Q7 or Mercedes GL-class. The X5 is due to be replaced very soon, so it may be worth it to hold out a few months in order to get the new one, if you are looking to buy an X5. Either way, the BMW combines good dynamics with decent practicality.