BMW X3 Review & Ratings
- 3 April 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The BMW X3 is a compact executive entry-level luxury crossover and production on it began in 2003. This vehicle is heavily based on the BMW 3 Series platform and is now in its second generation. The X3 is marketed strictly as a sports activity vehicle and the first generation of these vehicles was designed by BMW along with Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria. The xActivity concept vehicle was first presented at the Detroit Auto Show in 2003 and its design is heavily influenced by the 3 Series platform, featuring a vestigial frame-structure convertible roof which includes reinforced longitudinal rails which are connected to A-pillars at the rear of the vehicle on either side.
The X3 first made its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show and shares a similar suspension design with the E46 330xi and uses an automatic 4-wheel drive system which was marketed as the xDrive. This system uses an electronically controlled multiple-plate clutch which can be adjusted quite a bit and has a fully variable distribution of torque. This model combines the agility of BMW’s compact models with the handling of the X5 for a very smooth ride.
Those who want a vehicle that is the perfect combination of sportiness and class will find that the BMW X3 is an outstanding choice all around. The-row X3 version offers a high seating position as well as all-wheel-drive traction and lots of equipment. The above-average handling and upscale interior of this vehicle definitely adds a dash of class to it, so don’t be fooled by looking at just the exterior. This vehicle is currently in its second generation and the current model has been improved upon quite a bit. While it is true that there are a lot of competitors out there to go up against this vehicle, it has stacked up very well against them, especially recently.
The current X3 can be purchased in a number of different models, including the sDrive28i, xDrive28i, xDrive 28d, and the xDrive35i. All of the BMW sDrive versions have rear-wheel drive and the xDrive versions have all-wheel drive. The 28i models have a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine which is capable of 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, which is quite an impressive feat. The 35i has a turbocharged 3.0 liter inline-6 which is capable of 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. All of the X3 models have an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Although it is true that the BMW X3 is significantly smaller than the much larger X5, the interior is fairly spacious and taller drivers as well as passengers won’t feel claustrophobic in it at all. There are also some very high-quality materials used for the interior of this vehicle, giving it an extremely classy and sophisticated look which appeals to a number of consumers. Some of the standard features that come with the xDrive28i include eight-way power front seats, a power liftgate, a 12-speaker sound system, and an iDrive electronics interface.
Options for the X3 are mostly grouped into packages which can be purchased. Some of the better options regarding this vehicle include adaptive suspension dampers, performance-based all-wheel-drive, a head-up display, sport front seats, and a significantly larger iDrive display screen. This vehicle has been rated very highly, especially the most recent model, when it comes to its performance and aesthetic appeal. Those who are looking for a vehicle with tons of optional features as well as a sporty yet classic design will find that this is definitely one that should be considered. BMW has earned a reputation for producing innovative yet stylish vehicles over the years and this one is a prime example of that.