2012 BMW X3: Tighten Up
March 28, 2012
Here's a feature I can see getting more use as gas prices climb. You want to sharpen the X3's steering and damper settings without tightening the throttle. Sport up the tall cross-utility-performance thing's ride manners without wasting milliliters of the costly fluid to an eager foot. Easy enough. Tap the Sport button, configure preferences, done. Good like Archie Bell and the Drells.
The chassis adjustment is actually noticeable at speed. Select the box and you can feel the suspension squat a bit and the steering get a little thicker. Kinda cool. Makes a boring freeway commute a little more stimulating (next time, canyon roads). Maybe I can coordinate a semi-controlled test around here: drain one tank in Normal mode, one tank in Sport (and/or another on Sport+) and see what we really lose in MPG.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor