What could replace my BMW X5 Sport and offer a more comfortable ride?

My wife has developed a nasty neck condition and now feels every road bump. This is compounded by my BMW X5 Sport's 20-inch wheels etc. We regrettably must change vehicle. We love the high vantage of the SUV and the high spec. We were looking forward to retirement in 12 months and enjoying some longer trips - perhaps Europe, and also the likely addition of a medium-sized dog. We would love to retain the height of the X5 but the 'sway' may well compromise us. I currently drive 20,000 miles a year and would prefer reasonable performance. Your suggestions would be much appreciated. Budget is up to £40,000, secondhand is ok.

Asked on 5 March 2011 by JQ, Carnforth

Answered by Honest John
The new F25 X3 is actually much better than the X5. Much more economical, more spacious and comes on standard 17-inch wheels. A long wait, though - readers now report 10 months.
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