The posh SUV test
BMW X5 takes on Range Rover Sport TDV6 and Cayenne Diesel in the war of the big 4x4s
Posted: 12 Feb 2014
Interesting, though, that if you really push, all three have a definite rear-wheel-drive feel to the dynamics. Although we're talking about two-tonne, high-riding dynamics rather than genuine fast delicacy. In fact, all three are a bit weird. Going fast in any of them is to be coddled by systems designed to be safe, and they are, and that is a good thing. But these are systems designed to create an impression that they do not exist. They tap brakes and vector torque, and the feedback is similar to that of a very expensive simulator. None of these three should be considered ‘sporty' vehicles, because they are essentially the equivalent of driving a car through the medium of a thick plastic bag, a slightly misheard conversation.