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