Uniquely Quick - 2012 BMW X3 Long-Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3 xDrive35i: Uniquely Quick

October 22, 2012

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The BMW X3 is the rare "compact" luxury crossover that offers an engine upgrade. As a result, it boasts acceleration that nothing else in the segment can match. Behold, the stats below.

0-60, no roll out, all all-wheel drive unless otherwise noted

BMW X3 xDrive35i: 5.6 seconds

Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design: 6.2 seconds
Acura RDX: 6.5 seconds
Infiniti EX35 (RWD): 6.7 seconds
Audi Q5 2.0T: 6.8 seconds
Volvo XC60 T6: 7 seconds
Audi Q5 3.2: 7 seconds
Cadillac SRX (FWD): 7.1 seconds
Lexus RX350 (FWD): 7.1 seconds
Mercedes GLK350: 7.3 seconds (2012 engine, 2013 has been upgraded)

As you can see, the Volvo XC60 and Audi Q5 also come with engine upgrades, but they certainly can't match the X3 35i's athleticism.

But how does the xDrive28i stack up? Well, we're actually testing it tomorrow, stay tuned.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 17,659 miles

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