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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
The latest X3 brings some added style and some new features to the BMW SUV family. Talk about the new F25 now!

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Old 11-18-2010, 09:32 AM
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Steering feel

Anyone else worried that the steering will be like the steering in the new 5 & 7. I recently test drove the 535xi, 535GT and X5 and was surprised to find that the X5 felt more like a sports sedan. I think that was largely due to steering feel.
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:19 AM
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Anyone else worried that the steering will be like the steering in the new 5 & 7. I recently test drove the 535xi, 535GT and X5 and was surprised to find that the X5 felt more like a sports sedan. I think that was largely due to steering feel.
If you like the traditional BMW steering feel then you should probably avoid any sort of Active Steering option on the X3. From the US configurator it looks like this might be the Variable sport steering in the Active Handling Package, but I'm not certain.

I test drove a 2011 X5 50i and didn't know it had the Active Steering option, and my impression was that the steering was numb and too "Lexus-like" for my tastes. I like the more weighted and planted feel of the normal X5 steering. I also test drove a 535i and felt that the standard steering on that car was overboosted and very un-BMW-like.

This is all a matter of personal preference, but the two co-workers who drove my new X5 yesterday both remarked on how solid and connected the steering feels.
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Old 11-18-2010, 01:00 PM
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If you like the traditional BMW steering feel then you should probably avoid any sort of Active Steering option on the X3. From the US configurator it looks like this might be the Variable sport steering in the Active Handling Package, but I'm not certain.

I test drove a 2011 X5 50i and didn't know it had the Active Steering option, and my impression was that the steering was numb and too "Lexus-like" for my tastes. I like the more weighted and planted feel of the normal X5 steering. I also test drove a 535i and felt that the standard steering on that car was overboosted and very un-BMW-like.

This is all a matter of personal preference, but the two co-workers who drove my new X5 yesterday both remarked on how solid and connected the steering feels.
My concern is the standard steering on the X3 may be similar to the F10 5.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't most of the complaints on the 5er forum about the steering directed towards the standard steering? Have folks complained about the feel with the Intergral Active Steering?

There is a discussion on the German forums about the difference between Active Steering and Variable Sport Steering. I look forward to trying the latter if a dealer will stock them. I'm pleased with the Active Steering on the 3er, but was deeply disappointed with it on the X5. I'm not pleased at all with how the standard X5 drives, but I really want to test drive the 5er soon.
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Old 11-18-2010, 02:24 PM
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I like all this talk. Keep it going.

It doesn't seem like we have any options on the X3 except that "Sport" steering that is added if you add the sport package to the 35i.

I'd like to hear more from those of you who are in the know. I think the steering on the '05 X3 is just fine. I'm interested in hearing what some of you think if you have driven that so I can put your complaints in perspective. lol I don't care whether it beats some other series. I just hope it is not worse than the current version. If it is the same or better (though I know it will be different), that's fine by me.

I wish they would have included a button to turn the Electronic Steering on or off.

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Old 11-20-2010, 02:37 PM
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Buyers opting for Electronic Damping Control also get BMW's new Variable Sports Steering. It features a conical steering gear that makes the steering ratio quicker as the driver turns farther off center. This means that tight turns, like decreasing radius freeway on-ramps, require less steering movement, giving drivers more precise control. We like it, as well as the natural feel of the X3's steering. The steering is also nicely weighted, and the Sport and Sport Plus modes add a little more heft.

Variable Sports Steering should not be confused with BMW's Active Steering, which varies ratio and assist depending on speed. While we like that system as well, some critics have complained that it's hard to tell when the ratio will change, making the steering unpredictable.

So there are 2 completely different steering systems.
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Old 11-22-2010, 07:59 PM
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't most of the complaints on the 5er forum about the steering directed towards the standard steering? Have folks complained about the feel with the Intergral Active Steering?

There is a discussion on the German forums about the difference between Active Steering and Variable Sport Steering. I look forward to trying the latter if a dealer will stock them. I'm pleased with the Active Steering on the 3er, but was deeply disappointed with it on the X5. I'm not pleased at all with how the standard X5 drives, but I really want to test drive the 5er soon.
I test drove the F10 5 series and the X5 recently. I though the X5 had much better steering feel than the F10.
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