BMW's X3 compact luxury SUV handles like a sports sedan. For 2006, the engine choices were reduced to one: a 3.0-liter engine. Body-color front and rear bumpers along with some minor exterior trim enhancements were added.
A 225-hp, 3.0-liter inline six sends power through a standard six-speed manual transmission or a no-charge optional five-speed automatic. Reviewers prefer the Steptronic automatic with its manual shifting mode for all-around ease of operation. BMW gives a 0-60 time of 7.6 seconds with the manual and 7.9 with the automatic. Consumer Guide managed an average of 17.7 mpg with the Steptronic.
The xDrive all-wheel-drive system with Dynamic Stability Control is standard and receives rave reviews, with testers calling it one of the best all-weather traction systems. xDrive is so flexible that it can deliver 100% of the available torque to one wheel. Not only does it provide traction in adverse weather conditions, but it will also step in when the driver has been "overenthusiastic" in the twisties. Brakes are BMW class: firm, solid, and sure, making for linear, smooth stops. Add to this the optional Servotronic speed-sensitive steering, and you never need to consider a sport sedan for driving enjoyment.
According to reviewers, however, the materials in the well-laid-out interior are not up to BMW's luxury standard. BMW counters by saying the X3 is appropriately equipped for rugged everyday use. The interior is comfortable, roomy, and well designed. Consumer Guide commented that for cargo space the X3 provides "compact station wagon floor space, but SUV height."
Standard safety features abound: xDrive, Dynamic Stability Control, ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution, Brake Assist, and the full lineup of airbags.
The X3 continues to be a BMW top seller for those seeking SUV features with sport-sedan handling.
|Air Conditioning||Air filtration · Automatic climate control front air conditioning|
|Airbags||Dual front airbags · Front and rear head airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags|
|Audio System||Antenna type · Audio security system · CD-controller · Single disc in-Dash CD · MP3 player: CD MP3 Playback · AM/FM radio · Radio Data System · 1 subwoofer|
|Brakes||ABS: 4-wheel · Braking assist · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brakes: ventilated disc|
|Comfort Features||Armrests: rear center · Center console trim: wood · Door trim: wood · Steering wheel trim: leather|
|Convenience Features||Cargo area light · Cargo cover · Center console: front console with storage · Cruise control · Cupholders · Memorized settings: convenience features · Multi-function remote keyless entry, · Power steering · Reading lights · Retained accessory power · Steering wheel: tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: cruise controls, audio · Storage: cargo tie-down anchors and hooks, door pockets, seatback|
|Doors||Liftgate window: fixed · Rear door type: liftgate|
|Driver Seat||Height adjustable · Power adjustments|
|Drivetrain||Center differential · Limited slip differential: center|
|Headrests||Front headrests: adjustable|
|Instrumentation||Clock · Tachometer · Trip computer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert|
|Lights||Daytime running lights · Front fog lights · Headlights: Auto on/off, auto delay off · Taillights: adaptive|
|Mirrors||Exterior mirrors: power|
|Passenger Seat||Height adjustable · Power adjustments|
|Rear Seats||Type: bench|
|Roof||Rear sunroof: power glass · Roof rack · Sunroof: power glass|
|Safety||Child safety locks · Child seat anchors|
|Seatbelts||Rear center seatbelt: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters · Seatbelt pretensioners|
|Seats||Front seat type: bucket · Rear headrests: adjustable · Rear seat folding: split · Upholstery: vinyl|
|Security||Engine immobilizer · Power door locks · Rolling code security|
|Spare Tire||Mount Location: underbody|
|Stability and Traction||Hill Descent Control · Stability control · Traction control|
|Suspension||Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: MacPherson struts · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: multi-link · Stabilizer bar(s): front, rear|
|Telematics||Phone: pre-wired for phone|
|Tires||Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: all season|
|Tires and Rims||17 Inch Wheels|
|Windows||Front wipers: rain sensing · Heated windshield washer jets · Power windows: remote operation · Rear defogger · Rear wiper|