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2012 BMW X3 xDrive28i SUV

2012 BMW X3 Review

(0 Stars)  BMW's junior SUV is now much closer to the X5.

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Overview
The previous X3 suffered from two major flaws: a cut-rate interior and a punishing ride. Both have been addressed with this latest X3. The new, high-quality interior looks and feels much like that in any other BMW. Of course, iDrive -- BMW's multifunction controller -- is present. As for ride quality, it has improved and can be fine-tuned to the driver's preference with the optional Driving Dynamics Control selector and Electronic Damping Control. The Driving Dynamics Control system also varies steering effort, accelerator responsiveness, transmission shift mapping, and stability control programming. We've found that calling up either of the sport modes makes for hyperaggressive throttle response and frenetic shifts from the eight-speed automatic; the normal mode is just fine. There's certainly no need to artificially amp up the energy level of the X3's powertrain. The turbo engine is potent enough to launch the X3 to 60 mph in only 5.5 seconds; even the base 240-hp six can reach 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. Both versions are more economical than the old X3. Strangely, the more powerful, turbocharged model actually gets slightly better EPA highway ratings than the standard X3; both get the same mileage in town. Although you wouldn't choose the 28i to save gasoline, you might do it to save money, as it's some $4000 less expensive than the 35i. Either model can quickly get pricey when loaded with items from BMW's mile-long list of options. In fact, it's not hard to push the X3 into X5 territory.

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2012 xDrive28i SUV Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 3.0L in-line 6 DOHC and variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 19 MPG city, 25 MPG highway, 21 MPG combined and 372 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
17.7gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 240 hp @ 6,600 rpm; 221 ft lb of torque @ 2,750 rpm

'12 BMW xDrive28i SUV Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Hill Decent Control
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Dual Power Seats
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Folding Rear Seat
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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