Q7 was way to big and the X3 is simply ugly and badly assembled. Introduce the Q5, great to look at and comfy to drive, I'd say the steering was a little light and the interior space is somewhat shy of the Freelander. Be warned of the larger alloys, it's a firm ride anyway so the larger wheels will make your spine shoot out the top of your head. There's a certain pose appeal to this car aswell which makes the drive all that sweeter. Mine is the 2.0T, I've always gone for the diesel due to mid range torgue but this isn't a car for the traffic light race, it's quiet, smooth, attractive and safe with reasopnable economy, the diesel is the more sensible option and that would be my recommendation to others, but for me, it simply works and does it rather well. Let's see what the new X3 will bring us next year, good luck BMW, you'll need it to beat this little baby.
Paul Jeffers, Hants, February 14th 2009