Took delivery 3 days ago of Bonatti Grey HSE TDV6 having traded in X5 3.0d. RRS is smoother and rides better but X5 handles better and feels more planted. Specifying Dynamic Response (standard on Supercharged model) might have reversed this advantage. BMW better interior quality and you appear to get more for your money from the Germans (which can't have been said too often). I paid £49600 for the X5 in November 02 and this included items like Parked Car Heating, Heated Streering Wheel, Rear Seat Electric Recline, Comfort Seats, Electric Steering Wheel adjustment, Rear Window Blinds, Tracker, in fact every extra with the exception of Double Glazing, Sliding Load Tray and a Tow Bar. The Range Rover Sport I ordered does without any of the above yet cost £49200! The only thing the RRS has that the X5 didn't is the centre console cool box and the Rear Seat Entertainment system (which, incidentally is very good and far more versatile than the aftermarket system I had fitted to the X5 but comes at the cost of rear ashtrays - an omission I have never seen before in a 4 door car. I suppose what I am paying for is the undoubted off-road superiority which I have never really felt the need for here in central London but am determined to take advantage of if one of you could direct me to a group of adventurers.
Incidentally, experienced first problems yesterday when various warning lights and messages came up relating to suspension and electric parking brake (six lights and three messages in all) while driving through Camden Town. All warning lights were amber and car seemed unaffected albeit most of the rest of the day was in London's usual urban crawl. Booked in with dealer next Tuesday 1 day short of a week from delivery. Counterpoint? X5 did something similar a couple of weeks after delivery. The penalties of being an early adopter (read Guinea Pig)?