Forget superminis, an SUV may be the best city car
This is our last long term film with our wonderful X5 40d.
Over the last six months, this thing has traveled all over the country, it's even gone to France To film at Lamond.
It's been a wonderful companion for me and the crew, because after a long day of shooting, all you want to do is get in something big and soft and comfortable, and this is that car.
You just kinda sink into it and you can eat up the miles To be honest, it's absolutely fantastic, I can see why BMW sells so many of them.
Now it's got 313 horse power.
It's got 464 pound foot, naught to 62 takes 5.9 seconds and it will top 140 if you're feeling brave enough.
The engine is powerful, torquey, just what you want.
The gear box, fantastic.
The bracing, this thing weighs over three tons, and you know what, when you need to stop you do feel it's weight, but it just works.
It does it's thing.
It's a wonderful, wonderful bit of kit.
However, over the six months we've had it, I've noticed a few things about it And most of them are pretty good.
I'm not a fan of the brown interior because, well, brown interiors are a bit weird.
It looks like someone's had a bottom explosion, but courses for courses.
But the biggest thing I've noticed is that, actually, SUVs are probably the best city cars in the world.
Now the city car tradition is supposed to be a little thing that's easy to park, and is easy to [UNKNOWN].
And it's got enough space and you can do lots of things with it.
And it's a versatile thing for someone that lives somewhere where maybe parking's at a premium.
And you don't need to go very quickly, and all that stuff, right?
The only problem is, they're tiny.
Next, it's really weird.
I never expected to think like this, but the reason SUVs are the best city cars money can buy is because a big car, while seemingly pointless in the city, is actually a really good deterrent from people hitting you.
And that's my big takeaway I know I don't need this space in town.
I don't need to have this parked on my drive.
Hell, I don't need more than two seats in my current situation.
And a lot of people really don't.
But to have that, but to have that deterrent from being able to see and not wanting to hit you for fear of insurance ruin, of anger Possible knee capping.
That's a good thing.
And I like that.
Now for the whole city thing, this does have a few neat toys.
So there are cameras everywhere.
So you press a button and you get a curb side view of the car, you get reversing cameras and stuff like that.
And you know what?
It's so hand to have that.
Because this thing is too large for town and because it's just so Silly.
The M.W. has thought of absolutely everything.
The only other irksome thing is that someone keeps changing the radio station to Magic Chills rather than my favorite Absolute or Classic.
And that's annoying but other than that you know what the X5 has been a truly outstanding creed car we've been very very lucky.
It's been exemplary, it's been comfortable, it's been utterly, utterly wonderful.
I know I say this with all of our services but I'm really going to miss this one because it's like a big armchair and I like armchairs.
I can sit in them and rest.
The next one though, the next one's a little different.
I think you're all gonna like it.