Australian car buyers are remarkably enthusiastic about seven-seat SUVs at the moment…yet many might not know that the BMW X5 has the extra seating capacity available as an option.

The X5 is sometimes a bit of a forgotten commodity in the BMW range with the smaller X1 and X3 often stealing much of the attention.

That’s a shame given just how impressive the ‘Big Daddy’ of the BMW SUV range is.

Exterior

When BMW first broke with tradition and started building SUVs the distinctive styling, especially of the earlier models, certainly divided opinion.

This current generation of BMW SUVs though, including the X5, sport a slightly more toned-down look and feel and I think it works really well.

I really like the big kidney grille at the front and the stylish creases in the body work. It’s aggressive, yet tame…a good mix.

2018 BMW X5 interiorInterior

Typical BMW on the inside…and I really mean that – just about every BMW has common