Here's my review compared to the 2010:
I don't have a cold start video to post yet and it's warmed up too much for a good one. Glad to hear that you like the "beast"!
Since I had a 2010 48i prior to this, I will provide some comparisons.
- The sound of the exhaust on startup is amazing and much better than the 48i.
- The handling, especially turn in is noticeably quicker and turning is more responsive.
- The sport seats are a significant upgrade over the base seats and really provide a supportive and athletic feeling posture.
- The paddle shifting is cool but have not used it enough. I also noticed that the sport steering wheel is about 10% smaller than the standard wheel and much more hefty and less plastic feeling.
- The speed is unbelievably fast for an SUV. I am sure this will be troublesome as I tend to have a heavy foot. The only saving grace
is that with the 8 speed you have to downshift 3 times at highway speed before you really get into the quick rev range for swift passing. With the 2010 6 speed it was 1-2 down but the lack of power between the two is substantial. Way to go twin turbos. On a side note, I am taking it to my wife's company to see if they have any supercharger systems for it. Based on their other systems I'm guessing I could easily get 30-50% power increases, forget Dinan!
- The 2010 could not stream music from my iPhone. Still have not figured out the Bluetooth streaming but typically have to charge it anyway so I use the center console USB port.
- Love the look of the 20" wheels over the spoke wheels I seem to always have.
- The ride is a bit rougher which is very noticeable when you least expect it. Knew that going in with the change from the 18s.
- Missing the moveable luggage tie down tracks in the back storage compartment. I actually used the vehicle to carry stuff from the hardware store.
- I absolutely hate the smartphone docking thing in the center console. I would love to remove it as I see NO value in it. Is this possible without any wires to disconnect that would affect BMW Apps?
The dislikes are minimal and FAR outweighed by the power and speed of this animal! It is by far the most enjoyable ride I have had in an SUV. I looked at the GL450 before "settling" on virtually the same looking X5 as my 2010. This time around I decided to spice things up from the 2010 and the change is dramatic every time I get in the vehicle.
As for AD, I'm not sad I passed on it this time but have never driven one with AD. From reading all the AD posts, the proof is in the pudding and I've never had a taste.
Rob - thanks for the follow up, man! Keep the posts coming.