The 2012 BMW X3 earns a respectable Total Car Score along with rave reviews from the automotive media.
Like most BMW products, the X3 received a thumbs-up from reviewers for its strong six-cylinder engine and athletic handling. Equally notable is its relatively roomy rear seat, something not all compact luxury crossovers can claim.
Several reviewers lamented the X3’s lack of a manual gearbox, which might be less of an issue if it weren’t for the hesitation many noticed in its eight-speed automatic transmission when starting off from a dead stop. Some buyers may also find the comparatively steep price tag to be a bit off-putting.
Launched just last year, this larger second-generation X3 returns virtually unchanged for 2012 with the exception of minor tweaks to the content of option packages.
The 2012 BMW X3 is a compact luxury crossover with seating for five. There are two different models available, including the xDrive28i and the xDrive35i.
The numbers in those model names hint at what’s under each hood, with the 28i getting a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, while the 35i gets a turbocharged version of the same engine that puts out 300 hp and 300 lb-ft. An eight-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift feature and an all-wheel drive system BMW calls “xDrive” round out the drivetrain details.
As far as standard features go, 28i models are reasonably well equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth and a 12-speaker audio system. The 35i adds 18-inch alloy wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof and leather upholstery.
Most options are grouped into packages, like the Technology Package that includes a rearview camera with a top-down viewing mode, a voice-controlled navigation system with real-time traffic info, Bluetooth streaming audio and BMW’s emergency telematics system. A Convenience Package adds adaptive xenon headlights, keyless entry/starting, a power rear liftgate and rear window sunshades, while the Dynamic Handling Package brings an adaptive suspension and variable-ratio steering with three driver-selectable modes.
EPA fuel economy estimates for the 2012 BMW X3 come in at 19 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined for the xDrive28i and a slightly better 19/26/21 for the xDrive35i.
Properly equipped, the 2012 BMW X3 can tow up to 3,000 pounds.
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