Linear - 2012 BMW X3 Long-Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3: Linear

October 2, 2012

I've been driving a lot of cars with analog throttles lately. Like switching from manual steering to hydraulically assisted power steering to electronic power steering, you notice a difference between analog and electronic throttles. It can take a few miles to adjust, or if you're me driving our X3, you'll never adjust to it at all.

I lost track of the number of times I booted the gas pedal to the floor from the sheer frustration of not getting a response from the motor. I can understand the transmission not wanting to grab a lower gear (or three - this is an eight speed 'box) but when the gas pedal fails to stir the turbo with moderate throttle input, I get a little bent out of shape. I, and no one else, ever had this problem before electronic throttles.

Oh, sure. You could button the thing into Sport +, but should you really have to go there in search of linear throttle response?

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor @ 17,021 miles

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