BMW X3 Overview
The X3 is one of the best compact upscale SUVs. Its taut ride is composed, but the body tends to rock side-to-side on uneven pavement. Handling is agile and secure. The 2.0-liter, turbo four-cylinder returned a very good 23 mpg overall and the eight-speed automatic shifts seamlessly. But the X3 falls a bit short on refinement, with a diesel-like sound at times. The cabin is beautifully finished and comfortable, with firm and supportive seats up front. The rear seat is roomy, but the cushion is a bit low. Some controls are overly complicated. Reliability has been average. The freshened 2015 model offers a new 2.0-liter, four-cylinder diesel engine and a rear-wheel-drive turbocharged four-cylinder model.
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