Is the 2014 BMW X5 a Good Used SUV? Driving the sporty 2014 BMW X5 is more invigorating than driving a comfort-focused SUV like the Lexus RX 350. Expect to feel pampered on your journey as well, thanks to the BMW’s lush cabin and outstanding soundproofing. This is also a great midsize SUV for those with kids; it was a finalist for our 2014 Best Luxury 2-Row SUV for Families award. The 2014 BMW X5 has three powerful turbocharged engines to choose from, starting with a potent standard six-cylinder in the 35i-designated models. For more authoritative acceleration and power, step up to the turbo V8 (in the xDrive50i), or opt for the turbocharged diesel engine (under the hood of the xDrive35d). According to the EPA, the base 2014 X5 earns 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway – that’s above average for a luxury midsize SUV. In comparison, the 2014 Land Rover LR4 gets 15 mpg city/19 mpg highway. With the turbodiesel engine, the X5 earns 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway – an outstanding rating for the class. The X5 has agile handling for a vehicle of this size, with precise steering and strong brakes. Read more about X5 performance » The 2014 X5 seats five people in two rows, and an available third row increases capacity to seven. The handsome cabin has high-quality materials throughout, and touches like leatherette upholstery (full leather is available) and heated front seats coddle you. The X5’s first- and second-row seats are supportive and spacious, while the available third row is comfortable for children only (which is normal for a midsize SUV’s third row). To secure child safety seats, three easy-to-find tether anchors are mounted in the second row. Lower anchors – on the outboard second-row seats only – take a little extra elbow grease to use. The X5’s cargo capacity is not particularly generous for the class. The 2014 X5 is replete with high-tech features. Straightforward controls and a crisp 10.2-inch display are highlights of its iDrive Infotainment system, which also offers Bluetooth, HD Radio, navigation, and a nine-speaker audio system. Among the opulent upgrades are a 360-degree parking camera system, a night vision system with pedestrian detection, a 16-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system, and soft-close automatic doors.