| | Re: My 'X' Comes Home! Pre-owned BMW X3 Ownership Review
Wow, its been more than a year since i updated this thread. Been going through some family problems as well as my 10th. Extremely sorry for disappointing all those who were looking forward to regular updates. So we did TD the X5 here are my impressions-
Looks- Well each to his own but personally I absolutely love the X5's looks. I think it looks really nice and aggressive from the front whereas the rear just looks plain devilish with those tail lamps on at night.
Features- It has everything. Thankfully BMW wasn't stingy with this particular model.
The Drive- Now here comes the most important part. Let me sum up that absolutely amazing 3 litre diesel engine in one word. Since the past one year I've driven tons of cars including a Bentley Continental GT which is owned by my friend. But let me tell you this, this engine doesn't fail to impress me anytime i drive it. It has tons of torque ( 560 NM to be precise ) and that is enough to propel the X5 from 0-100 kmph in under 7 seconds which is very quick for a car of this size. The most impressive part of this car has to be that lack of effort with which it reaches triple digit speeds. I have also driven the new gen Audi Q7 and let me tell you this, you will enjoy the inline 6 more than that V6. The beemer's engine is more revv happy and also has a throaty growl while being revved hard. But credit where its due, the Q7 is much more refined that the X5 so much so that its hard to make out if the car is even running or not. While the X5 is also very refined, its not in the league of the Q7.
Interiors- The interiors are absolutely spectacular and give you a sense of occasion, and make you feel special each time you sit in them. The amount of space in the first two rows is simply amazing but the 3rd row is extremely cramped and for someone like me who's more than 6.0 feet its nearly impossible to sit in the third row.
Ride and Handling- The car felt extremely pliant in comfort mode, but the suspension felt a little too soft in comfort mode. For example, while going over a speed breaker, the car would continue to bounce even after you had crossed the breaker. The ride in sport mode was stiff and it felt as if the car had lost half its weight making this 2 tonner feel extremely agile.
But..... There is something which i wanted to share regarding X5 in comparison to our X3, the upgrade in space in space isn't really that much, and personally i wouldn't see any other reason to upgrade apart from that sweet 3 litre diesel and the endless feature list this car offers. The ride isn't all that good and i prefer the more balanced suspension of X3 anyday whereas the 2 litre diesel is more than enough for most situations and driving scenarios on indian roads.