We are not big fans of the new BMW X3 to be honest. We think it’s too ugly, but still we can’t deny it’s engineering excellence as a fine small SUV.
And that’s what makes it popular. It is also what won it the 2011 2011 Four-Wheel Drive Car of the Year title, awarded to the Bavarian car by readers of the magazine “Off Road”. With this double success, the new BMW X3 is quick in following the traces of its predecessor, which, in 2006 and 2007, was able to secure the readers’ vote of both periodicals twice in succession.
So if you decided you can live with its design, let us talk you through some of the technical features of the BMW X3.
Compared to the predecessor model, with which BMW established the concept of the Sports Activity Vehicle in this segment, it offers a noticeable increase in space, even more efficient engines, optimum motoring comfort and a widened choice of innovative equipment features. Both at the front and at the rear the new BMW X3 convinces through outstanding travel comfort and a high-class ambience. With a 550-litre loading capacity, which can be increased to 1,600 litres, and 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats, the vehicle’s carrying capacities also set new benchmarks for the segment. In the spring of 2011, the engine portfolio for the new BMW X3 will comprise two petrol engines and two diesel engines with a power output ranging from 135 kW/184 bhp to 225 kW/306 bhp. Depending on the engine variant, the new BMW X3 features an eight-speed automatic transmission either as standard or as an option. The still unique, intelligent four-wheel drive system xDrive has been optimised even further. Electronically controlled power distribution ensures not only supreme traction and maximum road stability on slippery surfaces, but also superior dynamics on the road, thus providing that unmistakable driving pleasure that is so typical of BMW.
Another new feature for the 2011 model is the BMW ConnectedDrive system which includes amazing options like in-car Internet access and Head Up Display. They are not cheap though!