The BMW X5 was the first model to labour under the monicker "Sports Activity Vehicle" or SAV, and it's now in its fourth generation. Bigger in every direction, it's also loaded with a whole load of new features, new interior and, of course, new looks.

The entry-level model, for the moment at least, is the X5 xDrive30d. Starting at $112,990 (plus on-road costs), it's powered by BMW's 3.0-litre straight-six turbo-diesel and fitted with an eight-speed automatic. Developing 195kW and 620Nm, it isn't slow, cracking the 100km/h dash in 6.5 seconds.

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Standard equipment includes 20-inch alloys, a panoramic glass sunroof, dynamic dampers, head-up display, active cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, auto parking, auto LED headlights, auto high-beam lights, auto wipers, heated and auto-dipping mirrors, configurable interior lighting, leather trim, electric split tailgate, "2.5-zone" climate control, electric front seats, keyless entry and start and run-flat tyres.

Entertainment comes via BMW's iDrive system, with a huge 12.3-inch screen, DAB radio, 10 speakers and the usual Bluetooth and USB. Apple CarPlay is standard (Android Auto is not available), but a third-row set-up to make the X5 a seven-seat SUV is a pricey option.

You can choose from xLine, Indulgence and M Sport packages, shifting the focus to off-road shenanigans, luxury and on-road fun respectively.

On the safety front you've got the usual stability and traction controls, seven airbags, ABS, steering, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping warnings and lane keep assist, speed limit information and three top-tether and two ISOFIX points.