I have the 3.0 SE with the dynamic sports pack (20" alloys etc etc) and yes the ride is hard , but , I like it , it makes the handling superb..
I agree though with your quote on BMW's consumption figures , my 3.0 ltr petrol is returning approx 14 mpg around town and thats taking it easy..A full tank gives me around 225 miles , which is poor....
Creaky interiour , yes a bit , I give it 7 out of 10 , it does not like the extra body flex caused by the sports suspension and 20" alloys but I can live with them...
I own the new x5 3.0sd M Sport for one month now and it the best car I have ever owned. The car runs on 20” M Sport alloys, I do not find the ride to hard but I would say sporty, my wife loves driving it. (owned Lotus Elise before this one) The fuel economy we achieve is around 30 mpg, on long runs I can do 34mpg and in town 25mpg. We have the comfort seat and that is a big plus point. I thought the standard sport seats were very hard and not very comfy. I regularly do long distances (500miles) a day and it is a dream to be in and drive. The trim quality and finish is excellent. What can I say ….pure class.
I have run my 3.0sd for 3 months now and I have to say that I'm disappointed with it. My car runs on 19" alloys and sports suspension and the ride borders on the appalling. I've driven a X5 on 20" alloys and the ride is even worse. I put this down to the run-flat tyres as I've owned other BMW's with sports suspension and the ride in those cars has been acceptable. I urge anyone considering buying a X5 to think very carefully about specifying large alloys and sports suspension. Then there is the economy. After 3000miles, my car is averaging only 24.5mpg with a mix of town and motorway driving which, according to other reports I've read, is not untypical. How on earth BMW managed to fiddle an official combined mpg figure of 34.4mpg is beyond me. As has already been said, the X5 is no luxury car either. The engine is a bit intrusive and road noise is not well suppressed either. The trim quality is poor too with my car, particularly the seats, exhibiting a number of rattles and squeaks already. On the plus side, the 3.0sd engine is a stonking unit and the car never feels wanting for performance and, at least, the firm ride means that the X5 corners well for it's size
As per many of the other reviews, drove several in the class before deciding on the X5 (no diesel cars available here at all... petrol only).
Cayenne: boomy at low revs.
ML 350: floaty ride.
XC90: very good but a touch too expensive in comparison.
I hated the old X5 but feel they have really nailed the design this time: the styling actually makes it look smaller than the old shape which is some achievement.
Pluses: Interior is beautifully finished, pick up fantastic, vision excellent, the most car-like to drive, very smooth 'box, and I recommend the 19" wheels as a good balance. Fuel economy (even around this town) is 22-24 mpg.
Minuses: No curtain airbags for extra seats...and that's about it.
Very highly recommended, especially if you have a family.
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