2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test


2012 BMW X3: Hillhold Comes in Handy

August 07, 2012

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My recent trip up the Pacific Coast in our long-term 2012 BMW X3 included a dinner stop in San Francisco on the trip north and a Giants game at New Candlestick Pac Bell AT&T Wireless on the way home. Hungry and weary from evening traffic, I foraged for parking "near" our chosen restaurant in Nob Hill. Eventually, I found a spot that would fit the X3 and quickly came to appreciate one of its conveniences: hillhold.

It's a side benefit of having an electronic parking brake. Hit the "Auto H" button and the electronic parking brake automatically comes on when you're stopped while maneuvering into a spot and disengages when you release the brake pedal as you start to reverse again or press the gas pedal to ease forward in D. Yeah, you could certainly get by without it, but I don't park in San Francisco every day, so I didn't mind delegating the task of preventing the X3 from rolling into a Yaris.

From here, we walked a half-mile, probably a little more, to Frascati. It was worth the walk.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 11,771 miles

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Ah, see, this space didn't end up fitting. Guess we'll circle a bit more.

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