Any sane person who buys an SUV (as SAV/crossoverish the X3 is) clearly doesn't expect a vehicle designed for the city. Unlike some other larger-than-life SUVs, the X3 isn't THAT out of place on busy streets. Sure, we could have used a few inches trimmed from the length as well as width, but the truth is the X3 is not bigger than a medium-sized European station wagon. Plus, the front and rear parking sensors are a perfect addition on the options list.
Even though it has a modern common-rail diesel with intelligent sequential turbocharging, the weight of the X3 30sd (1850 kg or 4078 pounds unladen) comes as a big minus to the fuel consumption, which can reach 16-17 liters per 100 kilometers (14-15 mpg) on a daily basis if you do your errands in a city with lots of stop-and-go traffic. The very few moments of light traffic you encounter are more than enough to massage your back with gentle pushes of the accelerator pedal, since the torque of the three-liter engine can move mountains.
The all round visibility should be good for a vehicle that's taller than most... but it isn't, especially to the rear. BMW designers have somehow won over the engineers and the third (fourth, if you count the one from the rear doors) lateral window curves upwards minimizing the view and maximizing your blind spots. Also, the rear window sits pretty high on the hatch. A big thank you thus goes to the parking sensors.
On the whole, the X3 clearly wasn't made for Metropolis, but it won't push you towards suicide if you have to drive it on a regular basis on busy streets. Sure, the fuel consumption is a bit on the high side and the all-round visibility isn't quite what you would expect from an SUV/crossover but, if you look at it from a more positive view, those 286 hp and the 580 Nm (427.8 lb-ft) have to have their thirst quenched somehow (although we would have preferred they drank less).Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
Finally, a German car! Deutsche uber alles! Did I mention I love German engineering, especially anything coming from Bavaria? Everything from Hitler to German beer and sour krauts is A OK on the list consisting of my favorite things in the whole wide world. This BMW X3 is almost perfect for me from a number of reasons.
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