New compact luxury vehicles are being introduced at a rapid pace, with strong sales of models such as the Lexus NX and Lincoln MKC claiming large slices of a pie that was divided almost exclusively by Acura, BMW, Mercedes and Audi. But there is still goodness to be found among the old guard, especially BMW X3.
Introduced in 2003 as one of the first of his career, the BMW X3 has entered its second generation for 2011 and has been updated for 2015 with a style magazine, adding diesel rear-drive models, and some new convenience features. So far, the only model we tested-cooled diesel xDrive28d ahem, but we tested this generation abundance. The turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline model won a comparison test against the Audi Q5 and the Range Rover Evoque, and also spent quality time with the four-cylinder xDrive28i and xDrive35i pre-upgrade.
What has not changed in the update is the driving experience. X3 chassis adapted 3-series’-provides levels of commitment and rare position among its peers. While our preferred option for subsequent bombing of the road is much closer to the ground, the X3 is willing to play along, and is well suited to carry out day to day, too. The steering is precise and linear (if not particularly talkative), and the chassis features a ride-and-handling balance that contrasts with the height and weight of this cross, although the walk can scratch on very firm with the larger wheels and sportier suspension options our review model was missing. The highlight of the function X3, however, is only the cohesive form sitting on operation; hard or accumulated at a slower pace, its main components all work in harmony.
BMW familiar 300-horsepower turbo six N55 is so soft and delicate here as many other applications, offering good power throughout the rev range, and the xDrive35i runs 4200 pounds to 60 miles per hour in a relatively strong 5.3 0.2 seconds -Second improvement in our 2011 version of the test wheel drive is standard with this engine because it is an automatic transmission of eight well-planned and discrete speeds.
However, like several other X3s we tested, the braking distance was disappointing 70 mph, 15 feet or so away better segment. The hardware is solid, and provides consistent brake pedal feel, but the X3 should be better. Factory rubber mounted for all seasons may be the culprit, but in this price range, you should not have to change tires for satisfactory performance stop.
Speaking of price, the X3 is not cheap. While RWD sDrive28i and ring-cylinder turbocharged four around $ 40K, the 35i starts at $ 46,025 and go up from there the US example touched $ 54,325. While the cold weather package $ 950 (rear seats and heated front seats, heated steering wheel, headlamp washers) and the red ink $ 550 seems a reasonable price (screen navigation with head, other functions of BMW connectivity and applications) $ 3150 and $ 2200 Technology premium package (leather, proximity entry and start, adjustable lumbar support, satellite radio) come to be so bitter for us; It is likely to leave at least one of these boxes unchecked. The balance of the price test-can be attributed to the package of $ 950 with driver assistance (rear view camera, parking sensors) and $ 500 and Bluetooth phone connectivity.
It turns out that the old guard can still do good, and if you can not bear the thought of driving a real car station rather than a truck on stilts and can handle the BMW X3 without interior design inspiration is still a good option highly competitive segment. Just look at the options.