Battle of the Xs
Posted: 30 Jun 2010
About the only thing that taints the upmarket vibe is the tyre roar, which grows irritating after a while. But you could always use the monster stereo to drown it out.
With all that plushness comes a decent stab of power; its 316bhp engine will takes care of 62mph in 6.4 seconds and max out at 149mph. But use that performance over a typical British B-road and things get a bit fussy. It grips well enough - and the 4WD ensures there's great traction with it - but the car shimmies up and down, exaggerating the road surface where a BMW might flatten it. Hit an abrupt rise and it humps the tarmac a few times before settling down again. It's certainly playful, but after a while it grows tiresome.