Having owned numerous SUVs the X5 is by far the best from the standpoint of comfort, performance, handling, looks and just plain fine workmanship. I believe that in order to appreciate this vehicle, you have to love a car that feels and handles like a sports car. Mine has the sport suspension which would not satisfy the meek or the comfort seekers from a standpoint of ride. But when it comes to performsnce and sheer fun driving a SUV, this is the car to own. It's almost as much fun as driving my C5, but not quite as fast. I talked my brother into test driving one, and the next thing I know is he owns one after being a Ford Explorer driver for many years. I would highly recommend this vehicle.
The automatic transmission that adapts to your driving habits & the ability to use manual shift. The maneuverability & turning radius plus the comfort of the seats. It's not to massive it makes a great car for my wife and children to drive in knowing the car will respond and also be secure.
Add a few creature comforts like auto door locks & lights.