Originally Posted by curzon
I'm basing my recommendation on your explicit and implied wants. Firstly, you want AWD; secondly you're a 911 driver, so you enjoy a performance ride. Basically Audi revolutionalized the mass production AWD vehicle, and this AWD ride dominated the off-road rally circuit for many years. Audi is the performance AWD. BMW's X-drive is really just for driving in snow. Audi's technology, the Torsen differential, has many years on BMW's.
At the end of the day buy the one you like driving. Whichever one you buy, make sure you get snow tires, too.
I agree with all of the above. Especially the snow tires.
I'm just too in love with the horsepower of the 550iX. The AWD is basically for me to get to and from work when the weather gets really shitty as I have to go in everyday.
I have ordered a 550ix for european delivery.
The timing precludes me from gettting to drive in the Alps on some of the famed mountain passes but I wlll do a second one soon