For two generations of success, a compact crossover from a renowned Bavarian manufacturer has been behind it. BMW X3 made certain adjustments to the distribution of leadership positions in this class. And although the model is young, there can be no childhood diseases, because it is based on the platform of the cars of the Bavarian concern already tested around the world. But is there really no flaws in the compact?
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Design and car interior
The Bavarians took the path of least resistance. The corporation’s assortment includes successful cars that have existed on the market for years, experiencing only slight cosmetic changes. The X3 is a slightly smaller copy of the European leader among SUVs. the BMW X5. The ribs on the side of the car have been changed, the radiator grille looks a bit more modest, not such a predatory bumper. But in general, cars can be confused if viewed from afar. The interior of the BMW X3 is not as pathos and spacious as the older brothers. Everything here is made in the best traditions of the Bavarian sedans. And the driver feels on the road in a large sedan, and not in an SUV. The roof is much lower than it seems visually, so tall drivers can feel some discomfort. However, the car is quite wide, so the linear space in the compact crossover is more than enough.
Technical characteristics of a young Bavarian
To a potential buyer, the Bavarian SUV offers four powertrain options:
- proprietary 6-cylinder 3.5-liter petrol engine xDrive 35i;
- diesel V6 xDrive 30d and xDrive 35d for 3 and 3.5 liters, respectively;
- junior petrol engine xDrive 18i, as well as xDrive 20i 1.8 and 2 liters;
- The xDrive 20d junior diesel engine is the most economical in the line.
Bavarian manufacturer positions its development xDrive as a revolutionary invention. It is already used on all X-Series vehicles, which are the lion’s share of the company’s sales. The manufacturer promises stability on the road, even in those conditions when other cars can not budge. Indeed, at speeds up to 200 km / h, the car shows enviable stability and stability. For younger engines, the manufacturer offers a 6-speed manual gearbox, while more powerful units are equipped with an automatic 8-speed gearbox.
Safety and traffic control
Owners of Bavarian SUVs say that there is no more active traffic control on any other car. Indeed, the list of options that BMW has included in the standard equipment of the X3 car is surprising in its vastness. Dynamic braking control monitors the braking performance of your vehicle every second. Stability control is perfectly combined with the proprietary all-wheel drive system, which provides complete control over the car at any speed.
Car control during the launch of the HDC is also present in the standard equipment of the BMW X3. This system helps to distribute the braking force to the wheels when descending from a mountain or unforeseen circumstances on the road. Among other things, the Bavarians equipped each important unit of the car with special sensors that signal problems or the need to replace consumables. So you don’t have to follow the mileage. the on-board computer will remind you of this.
By the way, the on-board computer system allows you to literally communicate with the car, as with a living creature. The possibilities of communication, though not revolutionary, are organized at the highest level.
Are there any downsides?
Like any thing, there are downsides to the BMW X3. The design of the car caused an unpleasant rut. When leaving the track, which was driven by freight vehicles on the roads, the car body makes incomprehensible movements that force you to grab the steering wheel more tightly. Probably just getting used to it. Is it worth talking about such a minus as cost? In the basic version, a compact crossover costs almost 45 thousand euros. Even by the standards of a self-respecting BMW concern, this is a lot. But X3 will still find its buyer.
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Comments on article 2, leave yours:
- Alexander 05/05/2014 at 18:05
The author of the article is clearly far from BMW technology. There are no 3.5l engines.
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