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Age 56 Job Char­tered sur­veyor Drives BMW 5 Se­ries Tour­ing “I like the X5’s ex­te­rior styling, and although I’m not yet con­vinced by the new grille, it cer­tainly gives it a strong on-road pres­ence.

“The in­te­rior is also good; it’s re­mark­ably spa­cious and very com­fort­able, with lots of leg room front and rear. And with stan­dard air sus­pen­sion, the ride should be com­pli­ant.

“We’ve no use for a seven-seater any more, be­cause our son and daugh­ter are now at univer­sity. How­ever, a large boot re­mains im­por­tant to me, es­pe­cially be­cause my work means I need to carry around all sorts of bulky equip­ment. I’ll be in­ter­ested to try the rub­ber ridges that rise slightly out of the X5’s boot floor to stop lug­gage from slid­ing around; they sound like a great idea.

“I also like the large dig­i­tal in­stru­ment dis­play, which you can cus­tomise to show the most use­ful driv­ing in­for­ma­tion.

“Although I took a few weeks to get used to the idrive sys­tem in my 5 Se­ries es­tate, I now think it’s re­ally easy to use and far safer than other sys­tems, be­cause you can use it with­out tak­ing your eyes off the road.

“I’m keen to find out what the X5 is like to drive, be­cause it’s the rear-wheel drive han­dling char­ac­ter­is­tics that got me hooked on BMWS some years ago. I like that sport­ing edge and would want that from the X5.”

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