Got mine three years ago - Sports pkg, premium pkg, winter pkg. Sapphire black metallic with black interior, 18" all- weather tires (didn't want to have to swap summer tires every winter). Handles like a sports sedan, cargo area more than a wagon, great road visibility, excellent build quality. The sports pkg can be a rough ride, but I like it. Probably not the best family vehicle, because it feels more like a sports car. No mechanical issues, but I notice BMW has a software update regarding its AT problem that some people have experienced - I prefer driving in manual mode, to me it's the best of both worlds. Tons of fun with superb handling!
M Sport steering wheel and suspension, shifter is silky smooth, panoramic sunroof, self-leveling headlights work wonders on back roads at night.
Aux audio access should be at front console, not back behind driver's seat. Sport suspension could be a tad softer.
Now with the odometer rolling past the 50,000 mark, my compliments to the chef. I hate numb steering, overweight and too-big SUV's. This SUV really is a 3-series with a lot of road clearance and a big boost to the rear storage space. It does suffer from a higher center of gravity over the lower riding 3-series but that can be offset with a Sport Pkg option that helps to reduce the suspension give and body roll. Also, the sport seats are the best with what may be the best in the industry. In a nutshell, the X3 is clearly the most fun to drive in this segment. It is almost 1,000lbs less in weight than its X5 brethren and only 4 cu ft less in cargo--the 3.0 is the perfect small SUV.
Gas mileage, 26-28 on the highway thanks to the 6-spd. Sport seats make long distance fun. Handling is remarkable and totally atypical for a SUV. Sport steering wheel is purely M design and a nice touch. Tires went 50K before replacement and never were rotated! 8" ground clearance avoids snow.
Maybe a bit wider in the cabin but with no weight penalty since the motor is perfectly suited for moving this weight. Better wiper blades but that can be said of most vehicles. Lose the silly rocker molding of the sport package and replace with the great rubber nubbed rocker panel option.
It's really a good car and all of a driving experience. I work home-office so do not use the car a lot - only 7,500 miles per year average, however, it is quite enjoyable to drive it every time I go the airport and go to pick up the kids at school.
Power and sound system.
Sometimes an annoying noise coming from the engine comes up.
Fun to drive, great handling (for a SUV) with the 19" and sport package, a little rough riding at times though. Comfortable and decent fuel economy (premium fuel uhh). No issues to date, Nice sound system, nav is just ok, but the bluetooth rocks. An overlooked small SUV that competes very well all around, careful price jumps with options! Good Value if you buy 1 year old.
Sport Package, Sat Radio, Free Revving Fun to Drive.