Sorry if this is long and painful... I'm a day or two away from picking up a 4.8i for my wife...I think. At the moment we have an 08 Sequoia which is a nice vehicle though quite big. We sold our 06 XC90 V8 because we felt it was getting very tight with the 3 kids. They were all in boosters or car seats and had the associated detritus that goes along with 3 kids under 9. After almost a year with the Sequoia I really miss european driving characteristics of even the Volvo (I drive an E90 M3). And it seems no matter where we park it people bounce off of it. It got hit twice the first weekend we had it at our ski condo. One minor dent which I was able to pop out myself and on big cave in on the rear bumper which I haven't had the time or inclination to fix. It seems the thing is made out of Pepsi cans. My wife is quite careful about how she parks because she knows how neurotic I am about our cars so I can only conclude that the metal is very thin (cheap) and that there is more to come. I guess in a word, it is a great family "appliance". I really only drive it on Fridays after work in the winter when we make the three hour trek to our ski condo - and then Sunday nights for the trek home. Usually the roads are diabolical and the Sequioa is a very good vehicle with Blizzaks all around. But the headlights aren't all that great. I am confident the X5 would be as good or better. I took a 4.8i home for the weekend last weekend and absolutely loved everything about it. My wife on the other hand is convinced it is too small and wants to keep the Toyota. The much larger Toyota can only take an extra bag or two over the Volvo as the cargo area isn't really that big and non-existent with the 3rd row up. But the kids do seem to have quite a bit more room - laterally anyway. When they got in the 4.8i they instantly started bitching about the size though my daughter said she had better leg room (?!). If we put the dog kennel in the back thats about alll that will fit so I was thinking I'd split the cargo area with a pop in divider so we could have him on one side and the cooler and a few bags on the other. The rest of the crap can go in the Skybox Pro up top (we leave our equipment and clothing at the condo). Are there any members out there who put a 5 person family in their X5 for trips? Is it as bad as my kids are trying to make me believe it is? I know its small, even compared to an XC90, but I'm kind of the opinion we take more stuff along because there is more space. I know what I'd rather be driving but its not worth it if the rest of them are going to be crammed in and hating it.