Low Profile Tires Take Their Toll - 2012 BMW X3 Long-Term Road Test
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2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test

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2012 BMW X3: Low Profile Tires Take Their Toll

May 30, 2012

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I like the way the latest X3 looks. It's sharp without looking like it's trying too hard. I kind of like the Mercedes GLK, too, but I can't help but look at it and think that it really wants to be something else.

It helps that our X3 has a set of seriously low-profile tires. I mean, look at those things, they're rubber bands. The downside to going low-pro is usually the ride quality, yet our X3 still has a decent ride for my tastes. I figured it would loosen up a little as it got older, but it still feels like it's wound pretty tight. Occasionally it's annoying, but most of the time it feels precise, responsive and sedan-like. It might be a little firm for some, but I'm still good with it.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line

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