The new bigger dimensions translate well into interior space. The taller X3 offers a lot of headroom, even with the optional panoramic sunroof. Rear passenger room is decent, and we installed the baby seat in the middle and there was plenty of room to maneuver the kid in and out of the X3. Luggage space is also decent and features a neat track tie down system for those who are sports equipment minded. Or baby stroller minded, as I strapped one down just for kicks.
The X3 xDrive35i starts at just over $41k and with pretty much all the available options and packages our tester came to a tad over $53k MSRP. You can get the cheaper xDrive28i version with the normally aspirated 6-cylinder engine starting at under $37k. These prices are within range of other luxury compact SUV entrants such as the Audi Q5 and the Mercedes-Benz GLK, depending on the trim and submodel you choose. For the amount of luxury goodies and technologies that you’re getting with the X3 xDrive35i, these seem to be small prices to pay. But then again, you’re also paying for brand prestige and the BMW badge seems like a good bet.
Perfect Mix of Luxury and Performance
If you are into outdoor activities and are also interested in nights out on the town in luxury and style, there is a growing number of choices out there for you. You can find something more stylish like the Audi Q5, but the BMW X3 is a good balance between prestige, performance, luxury and safety. If you’re also into driving fast, go for the xDrive35i. Just be prepared to tell everyone that it’s the more expensive and faster X3, because most people won’t be able to tell the difference.
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By Holly R.
“The features are really, really nice. The 8-speaker sound system is excellent, and the panoramic moon-roof is to die for. The Xenon headlamps lit up my favorite dark, curvy road so well that I drove with total confidence. “
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