2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test


2012 BMW X3: It Fits My Life

August 27, 2012

This was a first for me. I kept a long-term vehicle for an entire week. It's not that I had any grand plans or anything, I just happened to keep signing it out. In the process, I realized it's a perfect match for me.

No, I haven't lost my mind and forsaken ridiculously small sports cars and sportbikes that tempt fate; those will always be part of my DNA. The X3 just happens to fit the rest (majority) of my life. It easily accommodates a pair of golf bags. All of the essentials for a CasaHashi cookout can be transported in one trip. It's upscale enough to get respect from the valets at a nice restaurant and it's a pretty good date car, allowing a yet-to-be-discovered companion to enter/egress with grace and ease.

But the X3 is also pretty entertaining, too. Late one night on a darkened serpentine road, I decided to drive with a little more verve than normal, and this little SUV performed like a champ. I didn't even bother switching into sport mode. The shift paddles gave me the power control I needed and the X3 carved some gorgeous turns.

Throughout the last week, I piled said golf bags, tons of photo equipment and groceries into the X3 without any issues. The kicker was when Riswick and I, after finishing a round of golf, dropped by my parents' house to pick up some precious cargo: my grandfather's first-edition Eames molded plywood lounge chair from 1946. This is going to look great in my pad.

As I tied it down to the sliding anchors, James proclaimed it the six-seat X3 option and promptly gave it a try. What an odd Canuck.

While I may never be an "SUV-guy," this would be a contender for the one I'd buy.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 15,116 miles

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