Best Approach Lighting in the Business - 2012 BMW X3 Long-Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3: Best Approach Lighting in the Business

December 05, 2012


Even my disheveled garage* looks nice when there's a 2012 BMW X3 parked in it. Although I'm not a fan of the recent direction BMW has taken in styling its vehicles (with an exception for the 6 Series Gran Coupe and an even bigger exception for the short-lived 1 Series M... that car had such a great stance), the designers always figure out a way to make them look great at night.

From the blue glow of the projector-type HID headlights accented by the amber turn signals, to the little LEDs on the underside of each door handle, to the wash of red taillights on the back of the garage door, the X3 after-dark is a distinctive and awesome sight. I was just going out to put my gym bag in it around 11 o'clock last night and just seeing it all lit up put me in a festive mood.

Anyone would feel good walking up to a car that looks like this when you unlock it. It's one of the little things that makes modern BMWs endearing (after inline-6 engines, steering feel and other more substantive stuff). Once you own one, you're going to want another one.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 20,402 miles

*It's disheveled, yes, but there's a method to my disorganization, like the strategically placed box on the lower right that prevents me from crashing into the dryer.

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