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2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i SUV

2013 BMW X3 Review

(0 Stars)  BMW’s well-regarded compact SUV is no longer its smallest.

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New For 2013
Originally launched in 2004, the X3 underwent its first major redesign two years ago. The X3 is now larger and looks more like an X5 inside and out. For 2013, the base 28i model traded its normally aspirated 240-hp six for an equally potent, but more economical, 2.0-liter turbo four; the 35i retains its 300-hp turbo six. Both models use an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Overview
If you previously passed on the X3 because of its cut-rate interior or its punishing ride, you should check out the newest version, which has addressed both shortcomings. The new, high-quality interior looks and feels much like that in any other BMW. As for ride quality, it has improved and can be fine-tuned 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 either of the sport modes makes for hyperaggressive throttle response and frenetic shifts from the eight-speed automatic; the normal mode is fine. There’s certainly no need to amp up the energy level of the X3’s powertrain. The six-cylinder turbo engine is potent enough to launch the X3 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds; even the new four-cylinder turbo can reach 60 mph in 6.6 seconds. Both versions are more economical than the old X3. The four-cylinder in the 28i improves fuel economy by 2 mpg in the city and on the highway compared with the previous six-cylinder. It also beats the current 35i by 2 mpg. Either model can quickly get pricey when loaded with items from BMW’s seemingly mile-long list of options. In fact, it’s not hard to push the price of the X3 into X5 territory.

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2013 xDrive35i SUV Overview

  Performance Review  
Turbocharged
Engine: 3.0L in-line 6 DOHC with Double-VANOS variable valve timing
Premium unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 19 MPG city, 26 MPG highway, 21 MPG combined and 372 mi. range
Gasoline direct fuel injection
17.7gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 300 hp @ 5,800 rpm; 300 ft lb of torque @ 1,300 rpm

'13 BMW xDrive35i SUV Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  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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Power Locks
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Power Trunk/Liftgate
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Trip Computer
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
  Interior  
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Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
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Premium Interior Trim
  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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HID Headlights
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Hill Decent Control
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Memory Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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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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Folding Rear Seat
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Memory Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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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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