As a fashionably late arrival to the luxury SUV party, BMW didn't want to wear the same outfit as the rest of the crowd. So it purposely didn't follow the style of rivals such as Cadillac, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, and Mercedes-Benz. Instead of a truck in a tuxedo, the new X5 is a 5-series BMW sedan with more ground clearance, curb weight, and stature. In other words, this is the first SUV that drives and handles with truly sporting intentions. Yank the steering wheel and fat Michelin radials bite down to fulfill your every command. Mash the throttle and a seemingly bottomless energy reserve hustles you through the speed limit in one smooth whoosh. Massive brakes haul you down from felonious velocities without drama. This is definitely the SUV for those who worship at the altar of the "ultimate driving machine."