More Motor Than You'll Ever Need - 2012 BMW X3 Long-Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3: More Motor Than You'll Ever Need

March 21, 2012


By now, you might have read the track test battle between our long-term X3 and the new Range Rover Evoque. It's a pretty stark reminder that no matter how sporty you look, it doesn't matter much unless you have an engine to back it up.

The turbocharged 3.0-liter in our X3 may not look like much, but I'm continually amazed by how much power this straight six doles out. I mean, the X3 isn't just strong off the line and all that, it's downright fast. Whether you're on getting on the highway or making a pass on a two-lane, this X3 moves out. Combined with a suspension that makes it feel like a 3 Series sedan, this X3 starts to make a pretty good case for itself and a better alternative to the traditional sedan.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line

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