We make trips to see family in Kentucky and Ohio and that is one reason I wanted the sh-awd so I expect to test it in the snow this winter.Congrats!! I, too, was looking at the X5 and the Q7, and I know I made the right choice! He car has been a peach thus far, and the learning curve ain't bad at all; too bad you're not in the Midwest and won't be able to experience the X in the snow, as that's where it really shines and blows away the competition. I think it drives better than X5, larger cargo space, handles better, more reliable and a less expensive. Good Luck!