Would It Be Any Different With RWD? - 2012 BMW X3 Long-Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3: Would It Be Any Different With RWD?

April 02, 2012


After considerable seat time, I recently proclaimed that the X3 is a legit alternative to the 3 Series sedan. It drives like one, goes like one (ok, almost like one) and it's not bad looking either.

The one major difference between the two is the X3's standard all-wheel drive. BMW has done a remarkable job of maintaining the X3's steering and handling characteristics for a vehicle with power being routed through the front wheels. Granted, it not always that much power, but it's still something to contend with.

Made me wonder how good this vehicle would be with a pure rear-wheel drive setup? It would save a little weight, give it sharper steering and improve the mileage. Then again, without AWD, would anyone buy it? Probably not. And that's just one of the problems with SUVs.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line @ 5,311 miles

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