By Danny Chang
- Tight & confident handling
- Decent acceleration
- Refined interior & build quality
- Styling is a step back in time
- 8-speed automatic is too shift-happy
- Lacks personality
The second generation BMW X3 is almost the size of the first generation X5. BMW has added to the overall length, width and height, as well as a tiny bit to the wheelbase. The benefits are rear passenger legroom, headroom for all passengers and cargo room. Despite its bigger size, the second generation X3 still reminds you of the original, smaller X3, at least from the front. From the back, the new X3 resembles the new designs of the X5 and X6.