Who Ever Said The BMW X5 Can't Handle Extreme Off-Roading?

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Beverly Hills? No problem. Africa? Let's find out.

Let's be honest here: the BMW X5 is an SUV built more for the streets of Beverly Hills than for the rough terrain of, say, Africa. That may have been the case when the first generation X5 debuted way back in 1999. But it's come a long way since, although BMW still prefers to call it an "SAV," or Sport Activity Vehicle. Although it may not be the first choice for off-road enthusiasts seeking a luxury SUV (enter the Range Rover), today's X5 is still very much a down and dirty force to be reckoned with.

It's totally capable of handling plenty of off-road situations, as the crew over at Carfection has just proven with a trip to Namibia in Africa. Even with all of those bumps and hills along the way, at least the X5 is a damn comfortable place to sit in, let alone drive.

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