Sport Package ($3,700 -- includes 19-inch alloy wheels with 255/50HR19 all-season run-flat tires, shadowline exterior trim, two-mode electronically adjustable shock absorbers, active stabilizer bars, sport steering wheel, power sport seats, anthracite headliner); Premium Package ($3,400 -- includes auto-dimming interior mirror with digital compass, power rear liftgate, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, Nevada leather upholstery, storage package, ambient light package, BMW Assist with Bluetooth); Technology Package ($2,600 -- includes rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, DVD-based navigation system with voice recognition and real-time traffic); Head-Up Display ($1,200); iPod and USB Adapter ($400); Running Boards ($300).
Brake torque takes some serious time (1.1 seconds from 0-60 alone) from the X5 diesel's acceleration times. Also provides a huge shove out of the hole that the X5 can't back up once rolling. Still, it feels cool.
Rock-hard pedal still offers plenty of feel in sub-limit braking. Short, consistent stops.
Slalom: This SUV really turns. Rapid turn-in followed by immediate responses. Very little body roll and heavy damping in Sport mode are impressive in an SUV. Skid pad: Stability control isn't ever truly "off," but in something this tall, that makes sense. No perceptible difference between stability on and off.