2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test


2012 BMW X3: Perfect for Glamping?

October 30, 2012

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This past weekend we took our long-term 2012 BMW X3 to Anza-Borrego Desert in San Diego County for an overnight camping trip. I scored the back of the X3, which has a maximum cargo volume of 63.3 cubic feet, since there wasn't enough room in the two-man tent for two people AND a dog. My dog Mya's snoring usually wakes me up anyway. Here's my review.

Pros: Quiet cabin that kept out the sounds from the nearby bonfire shenanigans, rear-seat shades shielded bed from some of the morning sunlight, pockets on front-seat backs provide perfect spot for storing flashlight and smartphone for easy access, not completely fold flat but not too much of an incline, those with phobias don't feel as vulnerable to wild animals or ax murderers than they would in a tent.

Cons: Those taller than 5'6" will have to sleep at an angle, as it was I had to scooch up a bit putting the top of my head between the front seats so that my feet wouldn't hit the liftgate.

Since I'm not much of a camper, I actually preferred sleeping in the X3 to a tent. Even though the "bed" was still hard despite using a Thermarest and cushion, I was able to sleep straight through most of the night. I would definitely sleep there again.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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