My Parents have the Edge Sport, their premium seats are awesome, it is roomy and its "enough". Practicallity usually wins out with me so I'd more than likely lean the same where money is involved. Anytime I'm there they make me drive and it gets us there and back. It just doesn't leave an impression. When I got out of the X6 I was like WOW, smiling like crazy. I love "driving" vs just getting A to B. The hard part when money dictates is to find the best WOW for your buck. I was in the market for an X6 and couldn't decide but ended up buying my Dad's F150 so they could get the Ford Edge, they're getting older and just didn't feel comfortable driving the truck anymore - too big for them to manuver.
Believe me I know the struggle of wanting vs practicality so good luck in your journey. I also just heard BMW have started or is about to launch a new leasing progam on used vehicles coming in off of lease. The market is flooded with vehicles coming in off lease right now. I think this will be a great way for people to get into a luxury performance car for less money and since you're leasing you wont feel locked into a vehicle if it starts giving you fits. Just FYI!