BMW X5 extraordinaire

The BMW X5 is now bigger all round, resulting in a more roomy interior.
The BMW X5 is now bigger all round, resulting in a more roomy interior.PHOTOS: CHRISTOPHER TAN, PETER LIM
The BMW X5 is now bigger all round, resulting in a more roomy interior.
The BMW X5 is now bigger all round, resulting in a more roomy interior.PHOTOS: CHRISTOPHER TAN, PETER LIM
The BMW X5 is now bigger all round, resulting in a more roomy interior.
The BMW X5 is now bigger all round, resulting in a more roomy interior.PHOTOS: CHRISTOPHER TAN, PETER LIM

BMW's latest multi-seat all-terrain X5 is a massive, handsome beast which doles out heaps of sportiness, comfort and utility

Test-drives, whether done here or overseas, cover no more than 500km. Most do not cross 300km. Still, they offer a glimpse into what makes a car tick, a peek at its strong points as well as its weaknesses.

A 1,800km drive, however, allows you to get to know a car pretty well - warts and all.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2019, with the headline 'X5 extraordinaire'. Print Edition | Subscribe