BMW
X3
2013
Go
CarsDirect Staff
December 12, 2012

Expert Rating

4.5 (Excellent)
MPG
20 City / 27 Highway

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2013 BMW X3 OVERVIEW

The X3 is lauded for its excellent handling, combining a nimble feel with stable footing in a variety of road conditions. The xDrive system uses dynamic stability control to monitor slippage and change the amount of power sent to each axle. The 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes are also dynamically controlled.

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Safety features include front and side airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for the entire cabin, hill descent control, and run-flat tires with tire pressure monitoring. There’s no shortage of comfort and convenience features, with 8-way power front seats, leatherette upholstery, climate control, rain-sensing wipers and a power tailgate.

The 12-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo system has an adaptor for iPods and other USB devices. The 3-spoke steering wheel includes audio controls and Bluetooth for hands-free phone use. Other cabin controls are managed with BMW’s iDrive system.

The BMW X3 offers luxury and quality with more cargo space than a sedan and enough power to do light work. It’s better suited to long-distance cruising than serious hauling.

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