X5 XC 90

NZ Autocar - - New Arrival -

Un­like the trio of rugged rigs also com­pared this month, these two, from the lux­ury class above, put re­fine­ment and on-road prow­ess ahead of any de­sire to go wild in the bush. SUVs dom­i­nate the lux­ury mar­ket, par­tic­u­larly above the $100k mark, as they put plenty of posh metal on the drive­way for the dol­lars asked while be­ing ex­traor­di­nar­ily ca­pa­ble, con­ve­nient and ac­com­mo­dat­ing ve­hi­cles.

Take the X5 30d, BMW NZ’s best sell­ing model. At $128,300, it’s cheaper than a 530d sedan, yet has a broader range of ca­pa­bil­i­ties. And there’s our cur­rent COTY, the XC90, which now has a wait­ing list of a few months. Af­ter spend­ing a week with these two, it’s easy to un­der­stand why they are in de­mand. They make the day-to-day so easy, pam­per­ing with their long list of con­ve­nience fea­tures and pro­vid­ing that com­mand seat­ing po­si­tion that buy­ers crave. With vari­able damp­ing they de­liver a downy ride, while light weighted steer­ing and an ar­moury of driver aids make park­ing and com­mut­ing, well, just easy. And with the added ac­tive safety fea­tures, they are a mo­bile safety bunker for the fam­ily when you’re out and about. These are ev­ery­day ve­hi­cles that will get a lot of use, so which is the bet­ter pick when it comes to de­liv­er­ing an all-round lux­ury ex­pe­ri­ence?

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