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The 2011 BMW X3

What the critics say about the $36,750 BMW X3

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The all-new X3 is “a superior vehicle” in virtually all ways to the model it has replaced. Whereas BMW’s first-generation compact SUV didn’t seem quite equal to its brand name when it debuted in 2004, this X3 is “swifter, more agile, and significantly more refined.” Its sharpened exterior lines are a welcome change, and the passenger compartment, although somewhat less commodious up front, is “a superb place to while away the miles.”

Car and Driver
On most fronts, the re-engineered X3 is a “bigger-is-better story.” Its longer, wider wheelbase has produced “greater presence on the road” and a rear seat “that’s now tolerable for adults.” When loaded with options, the new X3 is still overpriced, though. We’re also not sure why drivers with dogs or kids don’t opt for BMW’s 3-­series wagon, which offers “better driving dynamics for less money.”

Los Angeles Times
For those who only consider buying utes, the all-wheel-drive X3 is “not necessarily the best all-round” luxury compact available. It could be, on the other hand, “the fastest, sportiest, and most fun to drive.” Pay a premium for the 35i’s turbocharged engine and you can expect instant gratification “anytime you mash the gas pedal.”

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