Paddles are the wave of the future. It'll get more and more difficult to find traditional clutch/shifter manual trannies. No need for that in an SUV anyway.
The interior looks nice. I'm waffling back and forth between a newer X5 or a Merc sedan. I like the high vantage point and the space of an SUV, but comfort is becoming more and more desirable as I get older.
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