Tuning the Driving Dynamics Control - 2012 BMW X3 Long-Term Road Test
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2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3: Tuning the Driving Dynamics Control

May 22, 2012

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I've been driving our long-term X3 quite a bit and I'm a fan. Sure the new Range Rover Evoque is better looking, but from behind the wheel the X3 kicks sand all over the Rover.

BMW equips every X3 xDrive35i, including ours, with its Driving Dynamics Control system. With a couple of buttons on the crossover's console you can dial in the cars feel more to your liking.

BMW says, "With the push of a button, increase the level of driving pleasure from COMFORT to NORMAL, NORMAL to SPORT and SPORT + in seconds. Almost immediately, the engine responds more spontaneously to the accelerator, releasing a high, revving roar, before quickly changing gear and tightening the steering and chassis.

Current settings are clearly displayed below the speedometer, and in SPORT mode, the drive train and chassis settings can be quickly and individually configured using the iDrive Controller for more dynamic driving on sand, gravel, or deep and packed snow."

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Honestly, I'm not a fan of these systems. Most default to NORMAL with every twist of the key, so you have to reset it every time you get in the car. Plus, I still think all the engineers would be better off focusing on one perfect tune than having to figure out so many variations.

Whatever, they are here to stay.

Recently I reported on the similar system in our Audi A8, and how I like that car set up. In the X3 I like the quicker response of the Sport setting for the drivetrain, but not the BMW's steering. I still prefer the steering in the Normal setting.

Our X3's suspension settings are not adjustable.

Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 8,122 miles


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