2012 BMW X3: The Run Flats are Fine
March 27, 2012
We've never been big fans of run flat tires. They're a nice idea in theory, but in practice they mostly just ride poorly compared to their traditional counterparts.
Our X3 has them so I expected to be annoyed after a few hundred miles behind the wheel. Instead, I barely notice them. They ride firm yet not overly harsh. I haven't even come close to pushing the X3 to its limits yest, so I can't comment on their sheer grip. In a vehicle like this, however, I can't imagine threshold traction is an issue worth worrying about.
On another note, the wheels that came as part of the optional Sport Activity package look great. They're definitely a step up from the odd-looking stockers. Then again, they're not quite as awesome as the M Double Spoke wheels that are available as an accessory package, a $6,300 accessory package. Ouch.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line