This is my third BMW and I would not go for BMW again. Sometime the back door locks won't open and we cannot open the back door from inside or outside. Kids can be trap inside the car unless they climb to the front seat. The steering wheel get stiff from time to time. Self leveling light is always on. In the winter the lock freeze easily thus impossible to open or close. The motor rattles too much on a cold days. I went to the dealers many times and they have no clue what is going on. The computer cant pick anything up. This is a 80 k truck and it made like crap. I certainly wouldn't try another BMW again. All German car don't seem to know how to design electronic properly.
Leather seats, inside and outside design. The drive when it is working properly. Which is only 75% of the time.
FIX the problem and acknowledge the electronic faulty system. Fire all engineers that design the electronic system and revamp the whole BMW concept. I have had 3 BMW and all of them has electronic issues.
I have owned the previous generation of this M-group or Alpina engineered (I have heard both cited by sources that might know!) truck (the 4.6is) and a 2004 4.4i and have driven all of the competing SUV's, and only the 4.6 comes close to this as a sporty driver on the road. All the other brands of wannabes suffer from excessive truckishness; even the Porsche has obvious huge unsprung weight that compromises its on road handling. The lesser bimmers, including new generation vehicles, are simply outclassed in terms of braking, handling, power delivery and ESPECIALLY steering--the engine speed sensitive system feels like a truck, the vehicle-speed sensitive system on the 4.8 like a real BMW!
Steering, handling, looks, power delivery, no iDrive.
Make adjustable ride height useful for street driving; would be nice to keep lowered and stiffer for sporty driving.
I have test driven all the major players in the sport SUV category and this remains the best for those that do not plan to drive off road. DO NOT confuse this vehicle with the much more pedestrian 3.0, 4.4 or current 4.8. This is the "M" of the SUV line and the steering, suspension and brakes were all seriously massaged by either the M group or Alpina to make this vehicle handle and drive like no other truck to date. The Porsche is impressive, but huge unsprung weight assures that it will never have the nimble, car-like feel of this vehicle.
Steering feel, brakes, stiff chassis with firm but supple suspension, great seats and audio, drivetrain that is responsive and powerful, reasonable fuel mileage (18.5 since new).
Can the new one with it's more complicated front suspension improve on the ride/handling compromise? It hasn't yet, but let the M boys at it!
This vehicle has style, class, and enough horses under the engine to do what ever you would like. It's very versatile. One day I'm going to business meeting and next I'm pulling a 6600lbs boat to go fishing.
My favorite features is the way the vehicle performs altogether.
The navigation screen need to be easier to read. It's at a bad angle and has a very bad glare.