This is our 3rd BMW; we've owned the 325i and 525i as well. This car handles beautifully and I feel very safe in it. It is a joy to drive and is extremely comfortable, especially on long trips. That being said, BMW really dropped the ball on the interior design. What kind of car only offers a cassette player in-dash with a navigation system? The only way I could get a CD system was to put it in the cargo area - doesn't work for me at all. Also, the radio doesn't seem to pick up our area's signals too well, no matter what the settings are. The nav system is not great, BMW gave me an outdated CD at time of purchase - having problems getting replacement. Probably won't buy this one again.
Bluetooth, heated seats, truffle-colored leather, included maintenance.
CD and nav system in dash; less sensitive seat belt alerts, better customer service, individual radio station settings,
I really like this vehicle. It handles well, comfortable ride, great sound system, and lots of extra goodies. Fuel efficiency is not the best 14.8 around town but considering the V6, it's not bad. The only thing is the narrowness of the front windshield. Creates a blindspot when going around curves. Also, the back window does not open at all. MINOR items considering the overall performance, handling, and satisfaction of this ride!!
The panoramic moonroof... it spans the entire length of the backseat. Fantastic feature! Also, it's so quiet inside which makes for an enjoyable trip with others.
Expand the front windshield to reduce the blind spot. Create some way to open the back window.
Even though this vehicle is an SUV, it is still a great driving and great handling vehicle. Like all German made cars, this one is no different, over-engineered in every aspect mechanically. That being said however, some driver conveniences are overlooked in the process. Many cabin and driver functions are overly complex. The panoramic moon roof is awesome, but it does not close automatically when you turn off the ignition. The windshield washer always washes the headlights as well. Many controls are hard to find while driving, which causes you to take your eyes off the road. Brake dust is a BMW trait, and the wheels are very hard to keep clean. It's still a BMW and gets lots of oohs and ahhs
Panoramic moon roof, sport steering responsiveness, cabin is roomy, built like a tank, and the airbags have airbags! As safe as you can get and still have fun driving.
Make more driver features customizable, let each radio station have its own sound settings (one setting fits all), moon roof needs to be automatically closed when the ignition is turned off.