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Old 10-03-2012, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by grilodan View Post
I'll just point out that, again, some people here confuse Adaptive Drive with the Sport button being lit up. Adaptive Drive is ALWAYS on. When the Sport light is off, that just means it's in Comfort mode, not Sport. If you drive a car with AD, leave the light off, and you compare the quality of that ride with any other X5, you can't tell me with a straight face that the ride is better in the non-AD car. When you do turn Sport on, it's definitely sportier, but never harsh like the Sport or M suspension. The reality is that AD controls vertical motions - that busyness you feel on highways when bumpy" and because it includes Active Roll Stabilization, it just corners flat.

Sales people will tell you "why do you need to take corners flat in your SUV? Are you racing your SUV" and they are idiots for saying that. Adaptive Drive changed my perspective on the X5, I could never buy another BMW without Adaptive Drive again. It's optional all the way up to the 7-series, it's that good, and it's worth every penny. Especially in the X5. Get it.
That is very interesting and thank you for letting me know. I was advised that with AD, when the sport light is off, it will act the same as a NON AD vehicle. I was told this by the dealership.

That being said, I agree the ride on the AD is really good and probably the best of all worlds. The one I test drove had AS as well and so that's what I truly enjoyed about the vehicle/ride. But now that I know it's about a ~$5k option, I feel very content with our new lease that does NOT have AD and AS.

I do think that from now on I will look for a vehicle with AD and AS but still wonder if for around the same $, wouldn't the v8 be a better option? Of course we're now getting into preferences and opinions.


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