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Yes, as Vauxhall found out years ago on their rally cars where the air intake was positioned low.

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Indeed, a ‘hydro locked’ engine and indeed the air intake is set low in the inner wing. Neighbour is massively unimpressed as (... rightly or wrongly) the fact it had 4WD with massive ground clearance led him to believe the thing had some ‘robustness’. I understand he let BMW know what he thought of their product and will be buying a FF Range Rover instead!

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Speaking to BMW their response was ‘well the X5 is not an off road vehicle sir!’.

That is so funny in a schadenfreude way. I'm very sure it is not in the least funny as the owner.

Considering the X5 and similar vehicles are designed and marketed to skirt around road vehicle construction regulations, it ought to be off-road capable.

Stephen

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Kay’s got a Honda CRV  don’t think it is classed as a ,SUV ,as it’s not that big only reason we bought it is it’s higher up to se driving four wheel drive , 50 mpg very comfy and totally reliable , it’s the second we have bought new and have had no problem at all ,

brother bought an evouge  poss couple grand dearer than ours  , it’s been in garage poss six times ,,looks good but pile of crap compared to Honda 

derek 

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One byproduct of the SUV boom is the difficulty I am having choosing a replacement for my Ibiza estate. I need space for pooch and weekly shop but estates seem to be being phased out these days, especially small cheap ones. Thus far it appears to be between a Skoda Rapid spaceback and..........

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How many seats do you need?

Touran?

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Kay’s got a Honda CRV  don’t think it is classed as a ,SUV

The definitions and names are a mess, but I'd call that an SUV for the purposes of this discussion. But it's very car like underneath. And a serious option as a seven seater.

Jonathan

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Look at a Honda CRV not to big ,,nice ride and load space great on fuel 1.6  ltr diesel turbo so good on road tax 

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Ment to 46 

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Sorry Johnathan our Honda is only five seater , unless you want to stuff someone in the boot ,,which sometimes would be great to do ,,but against the law ,,,,,,,,,pity 

Derek