2019 BMW X5 first drive: The Boss is Back with a Vengeance

In an industry obsessed with acronyms, you can credit the BMW X5 as being the first-ever SAV, or Sport Activity Vehicle. Back in 1999, people were left scratching their heads to discern the differences between an SAV and SUV.

Fast forward to today, and the new 2019 BMW X5 is still an SAV to the core, but it’s certainly all grown up now. Larger, and more practical, the promise is up to seven seats of family convenience but without sacrificing the driving feel that the X5 has always been known for.

What, you might ask, is the difference between an SAV and an SUV, or Sport Utility Vehicle? To understand that properly, you need to remember that, when the BMW X5 was launched twenty years ago – yes, it has been that long – it wasn’t pretending to be an off-roader.

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