Great speed, handles great. The new front end is a great improvement over '06, but the back could use revision. The only gripe I have is no Bluetooth and no MP3 dock, both features which are available on the X5. That being said, there is no comparison between the X5 and the S. This is one incredibly fast and well-built machine. The biggest surprise to me is how fuel efficient this is, with straight freeway driving at 22, and mixed city/freeway at 17 to 18 (my experience in the first 4000 miles.
Park assist alarms essential, invaluable. Trip computer is really nice. Great stereo. Corners remarkably well.
Make the back end as stylish as the front. Add an iPod dock. Make Bluetooth compatible. Have keyless entry option.
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