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The third generation X3 starts production in August of 2017 and will include the new X3 M40i top of the line performance model.

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Old 07-13-2019, 06:44 AM
Jen4BMW Jen4BMW is offline
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2019 xDrive 30i New Owner Review After 1st 500 miles

I took delivery of a 2019 xDrive 30i a few weeks, my second X3 purchase in 6 years and can share some early observations. In terms of engine, handling and over all drivability I honestly don't think there's a better luxury SUV on the market in the under $60K category. The BMW is brilliantly "sporty" yet comfortable whereas the competitions just mediocre on sportiness. Good job BMW for sticking to your roots! Note, I test drove Volvo, Infinity, Mercedes, Mazda CX5, Outback, Forester, CRV, RAV and Rogue. Evoque was out because they break- a lot. I thought the XC 40 was closest overall but the dealership here in MN was trying to sell them at full MSRP

In terms of X3 ergonomics and seat comfort the X3 has firm seats. I like firm seats but I personally think the X3's seats are a weak spot overall. I think they're a bit too firm, a bit too narrow and I seem to be working harder than usual to get the lumbar adjusted right. Better than the X1 though. I like the over-all interior design and layout. Elegant, simple, classy and modern- works for me. One call-out for people who drive with one elbow on the top of the door like me...the X3 has the best soft touch door IMO. I also think their iDrive system is best in class which makes the day to day experience rewarding. I did like Volvo's big iPad screen but it's slow and cumbersome to use in real world driving. I just wish the X3 came with fun ambient lighting in the convenience package because my kids really dug Volvo's ambient lighting options. I'd say to BMW...if you want millennials your going to have to cough up the cool lighting as standard.

Exterior- For me the X3 looses two points on exterior looks. IMO the front grill size/proportion is "off". Bigger is not better....loving the looks of the new BMW X3 M but I digress. I am also not sold on the look of the fake vent behind the front wheels but it's not terrible. I think there are better looking $50K to $60K SUV's out there...just one woman's viewpoint who likes BMW but calls it as she see's it.

Reliability- mine is going back in to the shop Monday to get a windshield rock chip fixed (bad luck) and to have the pano roof rattle fixed which is by far my one real annoyance so far with this car.

I'll drop another update in another month or so but ask me all the questions you want and I'll give you my honest input.

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Old 07-13-2019, 07:31 AM
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I would mirror the same sentiments with my 300 mile X3. I still havenít rung the engine out and am waiting for the break in period to finish. A few times, though, Iíve had to merge onto a freeway and get some speed and even staying below 4500RPM, it gets up and moves. I wonder how the performance is after 4500. I did have plans to flash tune it but maybe I wonít. I like the seats a lot and I find that to be very subjective. Iím a 6í 225 pound guy. My wife who is 5í finds entry to be difficult.

Where this car puts a smile on my face is how good and flat the suspension and cornering is while being compliant at the same time. Thatís what you were saying in your post. I could only imagine what the adaptive suspension must feel like.
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Old 07-14-2019, 12:28 PM
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2019 xDrive 30i New Owner Review After 1st 500 miles

Anything with a CVT is a no-fly zone for me. Some mfgs. need to up their game in the tech (Iím looking at you Nissan). Volvo with their iPad to control everything wonít cut it either, too much fiddling around to get where you want to go.

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