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Old 01-16-2011, 06:06 PM
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X3 comes 10th in Auto Bild Snow Test

Uh, yeah, last place. It scored behind cars like the Audi Q5, Mini Countryman, Dacia Duster, and the Kia Sportage.

In the most recent test of various vehicles in the Tirolean Alps, the new X3 xDrive20d was mediocre in deep snow and overall snow capabilities. Auto Bild used a variety of measures such as deep snow, handling, traction, and on-road driving characteristics. There was also a test where the vehicles were given a start and they measured how far the vehicle could drive up a ski slope.

The X3 scored particularly poorly in starting-off and deep snow, and made poor headway on the uphill run. It was equipped with 17" Pirelli Sottozero RFT which is more of a performance snow tire and hindering maximum snow grip. However, the Mini Countryman (4th place) used the same tires and scored substantially better. Drivers criticised the 6MT and remarked that the 1st gear is too long, requiring giving a lot of gas and clutch slippage, pulling only from about 1800rpm.

On the plus side, the DSC and DTC modes are well-sorted out. The DTC mode is the best for performance driving in deep-snow as tested with the best slalom times and 0-50km/h acceleration distance. For most drivers, full DSC on works best and they said it doesn't hinder performance driving much.

That article has a handful of folks in Germany changing their orders from MT to AT for better control and fun in snow driving.

Someone on Motor-Talk was kind enough to scan and upload the article. It's quite big, about 28MB.

Last edited by AzNMpower32; 01-17-2011 at 12:14 PM.
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