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      02-13-2019, 03:48 PM   #1
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X3 M vs Nicely Equipped X5 XDrive 40i Msport

I was all set to get the new G05 after my lease is up but now the X3M has me thinking. Anyone else?
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      02-13-2019, 03:58 PM   #2
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I looked at the X3 M40i but the size of the rear cabin and the older generation iDrive was what made me move to the X5 50i.
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      02-13-2019, 04:06 PM   #3
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I too looked at an X3 but the luxury,drive and performance of the 2019 X5 is a hands down winner. The X5 to me is a more classy vehicle compared to the X3 but this is just my opinion.
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Only tempted by the thought of being able to order Donington Grey metallic with Adelaide grey/shakir orange M seats. They could have done more with the X3/4 M interior - eg. leather covered lower dash like the M3/4 with extended Merino.

Then snapped back to reality with I enjoy luxury in a sporty SAV. I'd be will to give up crazy performance of a X3/4 M for more than adequate performance in a M50i in 2020.

Though I'd consider a LCI with new digital display and iDrive 7.
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X3M will drive better, be way more fun but lack the comfort in an X5. I owned an X3 M40i for a year and it was a blast. Ride quality was really bad and the seat frankly sucked to sit in for over 30min at a time. I love my X5 50i even though it's not quite as fun the car is better everywhere else.
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I love my G05 but looking forward to driving the 2020 X3 M with 503hp in the competition model.
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x5 5.0 has pretty much the same HP as x3 M. with torque low where it matters for a heavy SUV.
M car treatment for SUV is a tough one. One can not really track a 2 ton vehicle. So you are mostly trying to utilize it on the street.
But at the same time you are getting very stiff suspension, potentially uncomfortable seats (again great on the track) and the HP and Torque are very high up there - 7200 RPM. So one needs to rev the heck out of that engine to outrun the X5 V8.
So i'm sticking with X5 and maybe towing Mazda Miata to the track or an M2
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x5 5.0 has pretty much the same HP as x3 M. with torque low where it matters for a heavy SUV.
M car treatment for SUV is a tough one. One can not really track a 2 ton vehicle. So you are mostly trying to utilize it on the street.
But at the same time you are getting very stiff suspension, potentially uncomfortable seats (again great on the track) and the HP and Torque are very high up there - 7200 RPM. So one needs to rev the heck out of that engine to outrun the X5 V8.
So i'm sticking with X5 and maybe towing Mazda Miata to the track or an M2
X5 50i is fast but the X3M will easily our run it. Remember the 5200lb X5 50i has a bit on the 4600lb X3M plus if the B58 is any indication the S58 will pull very hard. The best stock X5 50i time I've seen so far is 4.33 0-60. A stock X3 M40i can do the same, add in a flash tune and the X3 M40i does sub 4s and sub 12s 1/4miles. I'm certain the X5 50i can do the same but won't handle the corners quite the same
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I'll check it out for sure...I go through cars. If the M seats are more comfy than the current X3 that'll be a bonus and Donnington gray is one of my current favorite colors from BMW. I think I'd rather go the X5M route down the road though.
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X3 is nice, but it’s the attention to the little details and build that make the X5 that much nicer.
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