X5 XC 90
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?