BMW X3 | Audi Q5 | Land Rover Freelander | Volvo XC60 review

17 Sep 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on BMW X3 | Audi Q5 | Land Rover Freelander | Volvo XC60 review

Stephen Ottley

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Make BMW Family X3 F25 Year 2011 Badge xDrive20d Steptronic Doors 4 5 Transmission Automatic Engine Description In-line Gear Num 8 4 Build Country Origin UNITED STATES Overall Star Rating 3.5 Fuel Description Diesel Drive 4X4 Constant

If you want proof the crisis is over, look no than luxury-car sales in particular, the luxury soft-roader While demand softened in you’ll find double-digit for brands including Porsche, Rover and Mercedes-Benz. The segment as a is up by almost 20 per cent for the year.

A big part of that growth is to small cars – or, accurately, smaller soft-roaders. The of the past decade has spawned luxury compact soft-roaders as look for high-riding, premium-badged without the need for seven or lots of extra space.

BMW defined the genre with its X3, in 2004. It created a segment the big offerings, such as the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz ML and Q7.

Since then, rivals been coming thick and and now include the Land Rover , Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60.

These cars cater to who want the benefits of a soft-roader, as higher ride height, but who a city lifestyle.

That’s these cars are more at in the urban jungle than off the track. They are all still though, which has other – most notably traction in wet weather or when the gets slippery.

Since the arrival of the original X3, the of turbo diesel engines has as buyers realise their benefits and car makers produce more refined oil-burners.

All the big offer a diesel variant and price it as the entry-level model.

BMW has given the X3 a fresh lease of with a new-generation model with its new rivals in mind. So, can the new X3 top spot in this highly market?

We’ve picked the entry-level X3, the which happens to be a turbo and put it up against its direct rivals: Q5 2.0 TDI, the updated Freelander2 SD4 SE and the Drive Car of the Year champ in the Over $40,000” category, the XC60 D5.

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