2012 BMW X3: How It Compares
February 09, 2012
I remember our 2005 BMW X3 well. It was in the pre-LTRTB era. On a weekend trip I drove it to Santa Barbara and back to Los Angeles with three passengers. The previous X3 had a very -- and I mean VERY -- stiff suspension. As the driver, I enjoyed the stiff ride but rear passengers felt every bump on the road. This new 2012 X3 is not soft by any means, but noticeably less harsh. I also found it easier to climb in and out and it feels roomier.
A lot of you are asking why we got this vehicle, no one could possibly be interested in the X3. Well, since inception the BMW X3 has sold over 600,000 units worldwide, leading this segment. So somebody cares. I know I do. This is exactly the type of vehicle I would consider purchasing. I would cross-shop it with my new crush, the 2013 Acura RDX and my old flame, the Audi A4 wagon.
I pulled out a few specs for comparison between our two long-termers seven years apart.
2012 BMW X3
2005 BMW X3
|Width||74.1 in.||73.0 in.|
|Height||65.4 in.||66.0 in.|
|Length||183.0 in.||179.7 in.|
|Wheelbase||110.6 in.||110.1 in.|
|Curb weight||4,112 lbs.||4,001 lbs.|
|Front head room||40.7 in.||39.3 in.|
|Front leg room||39.9 in.||40.2 in.|
|Front shoulder room||57.3 in.||55.8 in.|
|Rear head room||39.1 in.||39.4 in.|
|Rear leg room||36.8 in.||35.8 in.|
|Rear shoulder room||56.0 in.||55.4 in.|
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor