2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test


2012 BMW X3: Likes and Dislikes

November 30, 2012

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I spent the past week in our 2012 BMW X3 driving it just as it were my personal car. Nothing too crazy. Nothing too sedentary. I just did my thing. Here are some impressions it left...

The Dislikes:

- Throttle response. We've seen this in other recent BMWs. Especially annoying from a stop.
- The shifter is still an awkward design.
- These seats were initially uncomfortable, but grew on me.
- There is limited storage space for smaller items.
- Having to push the start/stop button once to turn off the engine and again for accessories.
- Three of us felt increased sensitivity to motion as back seat passengers. Queasy, but no chunks.

The Likes:

- The engine is great. Plenty of power throughout the tach.
- Enough rear cargo space for most of my needs.
- Legitimate 400-mile fuel range on a single tank.
- Lower latch tethers were easily accessed.
- Seatbelt receivers fit near-flush with the seat, limiting their impact on child seat fitment.
- Optional rear window shades do their job.
- Arched and notched front seat backs offer adult-sized legroom for back seat passengers.
- In general, it made life with a 2-year-old more manageable.

Overall, I give the nod to the likes here. I personally do not need all of the optional equipment we added to build this $53,000 CUV. But there are numerous conveniences that are worth the money. I dig it. It's no wonder this car has so many miles on it already.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 20,048 miles

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