I have been wondering if an E60 LCI xDrive Manual (my current vehicle) is supposed to handle better in the snow than a 2003 E46 xDrive (My previous vehicle).
Since the last storm (and also last year), yesterday and today I have had to drive through unplowed snow roads, and remembering how was the E46 handling, I don't feel the E60 sticks to the ground as much as the E46.
When I drive the E60, I really feel tense because I feel it like the car is going to swing left or right while going straight. With the E46, I could take corners at much more speed without skidding than with the E60.
I feel the DSC works when cornering (and sure I feel the difference if I completely disable it), however, I remember going through the same streets 1-2 years ago, when I had the E46, and the DSC would really get my rear back in control if I tried to turn into a corner at a decent speed. The testing I have done with the E60 is pretty much that if I try to come close to the speeds I drove with the E46, I am going to end up in the ditch. I know the E60 is a larger/heavier car, and not sure how much does that come into play.
Talking about tires, It is also worth noting that the E46 had the standard Continentals that came with the vehicle. And the E60 has a set of tires
that I bought last year and that only have 15K miles on it. Based on tire rack, they score 8.0 on Light Snow Traction, 6.9 in Deep Snow Traction and 6.7 in Ice Traction. These are not outstanding values, but they are not bad either. I was basically trying to find a good All Season tires where I could enjoy a quiet ride and be able to drive in the snow as well.