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Old 08-21-2014, 04:48 PM
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2015 X3/ X5 5.0 Opinions on Handling

I currently have a 2012 X5 5.0 with the dynamic handling package. Makes the handling tight and nimble, even for a large vehicle. My lease is up in November and need to look at options. Yesterday I test drove the following:

2015 X5 3.5 Xline - Dealer did not have a 5.0 on hand. 3.5 power was ok but nothing to write home about. Interior improvements are fantastic. However without the dynamic handling this vehicle leaned a lot in the turns. So much to the point that I would tag this a "mom's" car and stay away. Ride was very smooth, but as much as I wanted to like it I could not due to the cushy ride.

2015 X3 3.5 M Sport - I don't think I stopped smiling the entire test drive. Felt like a kid driving this thing. Fast, nimble, just a lot of fun (over 500 lbs lighter than the X5 and it showed). Interior not quite up to the X5 level, no ventilated seats, and you could notice subtle areas of the overall fit/finish that were not up to the X5 level.

The question I have to anyone is will the X5 5.0 with dynamic handling and 20" wheels make up for my perceived deficiencies in the handling of the 3.5 that I drove. I know the power of the 5.0 will be sufficient, just not sure if BMW has just designated this as a highway cruiser and nothing will get the handling where I want it. Thanks for any feedback

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Old 08-22-2014, 11:37 PM
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Nope the V8 is going to be even heavier. There is no hiding the X5's size and heft. Having said that the X5 interior fit and finish are on a different level
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Old 11-12-2014, 11:04 AM
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I just came from an X5 m-sport w/20" and all the options to an X3 m-sport 35i with all options because i wanted something a bit smaller and more economical. honestly, there is a difference in power (turbo 8 vs turbo 6) but the X3 feels way lighter and easier to maneuver, especially in tight spots like making a U turn. It is fun to drive and very quick. Not boring at all. the 300 hp turbo six has plenty of power for spirited driving. My X5 on the other hand was a handful. it felt heavy and the steering was a bit heavy too. This was easily overlooked when you mashed the pedal.

i honestly love the X3 and haven't looked back yet.
2012 X5 50i M-Sport
2014 X3 35i M-Sport
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Old 11-12-2014, 04:45 PM
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Agree 100%. Went with the X3 3.5 M Sport as well. Carbon black, all other options. Could not be happier.
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