This is one of the best upscale SUVs, melding SUV utility with luxury car attributes and driving fun. It has precise handling and a composed ride, although the body tends to rock side-to-side on uneven pavement. The 2.0-liter, turbo four-cylinder returned a very good 23 mpg overall and the eight-speed automatic shifts seamlessly. But this engine is a bit short on refinement, with a diesel-like clatter. The six-cylinder in the 35i is silky smooth. The interior is beautifully finished, with firm and supportive front seats. The rear seat is roomy, though the cushion is a bit low. Some controls take time to master, and despite the X3's price, the must-have rear-view camera is optional. A diesel and a rear-drive version are available.