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Best over the road SUV
By David WHITNEY on
2005 BMW X5 4.8is AWD 4dr SUV (4.8L 8cyl 6A)
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!