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2013 BMW X3

2013 BMW X3 Review

Published March 20, 2013

Ever since its immensely popular X5, BMW has spent a substantial amount of effort in creating a similarly successful crossover. Because of that, they have spread their offering to almost all of their known series, including the now popular X3. Based on the F25 platform the second generation has proven quite interesting so after a couple of years BMW decided to make a little facelift while improving the basic concept and correcting some of the earlier mistakes. Taking into consideration the latest financial crisis and ever stricter vehicle emissions control they have decided to offer a new smaller and more efficient engine.

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The new updated look of BMW X3

BMW has been known for their traditional, and you could almost say, cold and stern design whether we’re talking about the exterior or the interior. The new BMW X3 has a simple and elegantly designed ice cream cone that will help it look modern even after a few decades. The same can be said about the interior. Sharp edges have been replaced with smooth shapes and dark colors with muted and soothing ones. Seats, especially the front ones are spacious and tall people won’t have any problems with feeling comfortably while driving in this compact crossover.  The basic equipment package comes with an HD radio and a 12-speaker stereo that has both Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port. iDrive infotainment system is also included.

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2013 BMW X3 balances practicality and performance

As I have already stated in the prologue, the new 2013 BMW X3 comes with a two offers. Firstly, there is a new and weaker version that is equipped with a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine combined with an eight-speed automatic transmission (X3 xDrive28i) that delivers two hundred and forty horsepower. Second and more powerful xDrive35i has a3.0 liter trubocharged inline six-cylinder engine. It is also probably the fastest, the most powerful and economical offering in its entire class. The automatic transmission has been held in high regard in previous models, so there isn’t anything new regarding that. Handling is tight and precise, but this is still an SUV so you shouldn’t expect something in line with a true sedan or coupe. The brakes are also excellent and have no trouble with stopping this heavy and large vehicle.

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Verdict on the 2013 X3

Having said all that, our recommendation shouldn’t come as a surprise. While the BMW likes to market the whole X-series (including this one) as Sports Activity Vehicle, 2013 X3 is, like most crossovers, more suited for the road than any extreme terrain, but the efficient engine and large space (for passengers and luggage alike) are enough for a recommendation. It’s an ideal vehicle for medium sized families. It isn’t perfect and there are some annoyances like the intuitive iDrive infotainment system and poor rear visibility, but the pros certainly outmatch those cons. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given it good grades overall which indicates that it is a safe and reliable car. The prices are as expected for that kind of car and range from 40,000 to 55,000 dollars.

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