2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test


2012 BMW X3: 600-Mile Road Trip

April 12, 2012

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Last weekend's snowboarding trip in Mammoth Lakes, CA, gave me my first prolonged seat time in our longterm 2012 BMW X3.

First off, like Ed said, it's got ample power for virtually any circumstance. 

Passing? No problem. The X3's ample power was especially nice on the single-lane portions of Rt. 395, where a line of timidly-driven cars always stacks up behind a semi going 5 under the limit. 

Altitude? Pfft, whatevs. Even at 7000 feet, the thing doesn't even feel the thin air -- it makes its own atmosphere!

About the only time I could 'catch the engine out' was when I'd roll back into the throttle right after some engine braking. There's a tiny pause before it picks back up again. Nothing like the throttle lag in our old (and normally aspirated!) 528i, but since it's my job to notice these things, I do. Anyway, the point is that this turbo engine has really good boost response. I'll bet most drivers wouldn't even realize it was turbocharged... aside from the slab o' torque it delivers.

More from this trip later.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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