2007 BMW X3 3.0si – Test drive and new crossover SUV review – 2007 BMW X3 3.0si Crossover Sport Utility Vehicle

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Staring into the eyes of an SUV

it is, staring me in the face. Resplendent in and white, it’s that logo, right there in the of the steering wheel as I sit in the 2007 BMW X3 I’m a bit jaded, but just that propeller logo my heart pumping.

The 2007 BMW X3 carries a base price of ($47,100 as tested), with a 4 mile warranty including maintenance, and an EPA estimate of 18 mpg city/26 mpg I hesitate before turning the key will the X3 live up to my expectations? I the door and step outside for a look before driving.


BMW spiffed up the X3 a little for but it looks the same to me — I when I saw the first X3, a 2004 X3 is almost 15′ long, an inch or two of Toyota RAV4 and CR-V. and a little shorter other luxury SUVs. X3 has a lot of

Those Bangle Bends, BMW Chris Bangle’s signature give a lot of dimension and richness to exterior.

I walk around the X3 to examine the There’s the double-kidney grille. like the rest of the BMW lineup, with another logo. that hood is intricate!

with a dark coat of Blue Metallic paint (a option), the bends and scallops out like sculpture.

I stop to into the X3’s eyes. Halogen headlights are almost and loaded with personality. Why so X3? This is no cute ute.

free of their gaze, I around to the side of the vehicle.

A crease helps to define beltline. My eyes wandered to the big wheels on my test vehicle 18 alloys that came as a of the $2,200 Sport Package, an over the standard 17 hoops.

back, some weirdness big taillights on the corners that match up in size with the lights on the tailgate. It reminds me of the BMW 7-series decklid design of a few ago. It’s a bit of deconstruction, the tailgate was designed independently of the fenders.

This will take getting used to.

I’m to get back inside.


In the Driver’s Seat

X3’s doesn’t suffer from

Photo #169; Jason

A deep breath. I duck into the X3. I close my eyes and into the driver’s seat.

on a second — this a normal seat. Something’s Right — that Package includes sport

Firmer, more supportive and better side bolstering the standard X3 seats, they feature a great adjustment for drivers: adjustable thigh I spend a few minutes toying the seat adjustment, depressing the on the six-speed manual transmission, with the tilt, recline and adjustments and setting the memory I realize that the steering is also highly adjustable. manually adjustable for both and reach.

In combination with the drivers of all sizes will be to find a comfortable driving

I look around the cabin. it all in. BMW can do a great interior — and can also strip so much on their entry-level models they feel cheap. dash doesn’t suffer cheapness — there’s a swash of real wood and a nice variety of materials. The top of the dash is a non-reflective almost plastic that gives a to the touch.

It’s perfect for driving, it would probably be a challenge to clean.

The instrument panel under an igloo-shaped eyebrow, and big, clear white-on-black rotary gauges. The center houses audio and climate A small covered compartment the stack where an optional nav might live in a fully-optioned X3.

I I’m ready to drive.

On the

There’s no M model of the X3 — BMW’s high-performance designation but there are some M logos on my X3. one on the three-spoke multi-function steering and one on the gearshift lever; both of that ubiquitous Sport

I turn the key, and the 3.0 liter six-cylinder engine roars to The stat sheet says the engine will produce 260 hp and 225 of torque. The torque figure low, but peak torque is at just 2700 rpm and X3 weighs in at a 4012 lbs, so we shall

I back out of my driveway, noticing the heavy steering. That steering wheel is incredibly which increases the contact for my palms. I’m getting good road feel at low


Snicking the X3 into first I’m glad that I my driving shoes — I realize, but necessary if I’m to get any kind of feel for the X3. I have big and X3’s footbox is quite

I head north to the Angeles Highway. It’s a beautiful day clear skies, cool and open roads. The X3 handles the nicely. The sport suspension of that Sport Package is firm and communicative, and keeps the SUV through the turns.

X3 is happy at any that I choose, but it gets happier the faster I dare to I have to remind myself I’m on a public road, and down the speed to the legal

Time to head home. firm suspension is less on the freeway — too much feel makes cracks and into sharp jolts in the That’s the price you pay.

Journey’s End

Around back, weirdness — big taillights on the that don’t match up in with the smaller lights on the

Photo #169; Jason

As I park in front of my house, I on my time in the X3. I can definitely feel the of the vehicle — it shares a with the venerable BMW 3-series and they are some very bones. The skin is nice, too X3 looks like a member of the BMW and that’s a good thing. a little torn about the though. At the base price of the level of standard equipment a little skimpy.

Sure, you can add but they get pricey, pushing X3 reasonably expensive to a little There are certainly other to consider in this class.

My favorite is the Infiniti FX35/45. also consider the Acura RDX and the RX 350. Mazda’s CX-7 is a lot of fun to and can be loaded up with enough options to compete in the class.

Lincoln’s MKX is the only real luxury crossover vehicle, and it is luxury than sports in my

I step away from the X3, the gaze of its feral eyes. I you, X3, I try to silently communicate. a sports car trapped in an SUV’s Who should buy you?

X3 silently into the distance, impassive to my entreaty. I guess I have to this one myself.

X3 is for the driver who must have a BMW, but the capacity of an SUV. X3 is for the parent who not surrender to the minivan, who isn’t to drive silently into the and who can’t imagine driving from Japan.

Unfortunately, X3 is not for me. Is it for

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