2012 BMW X3Posted: February 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 New Car Models, BMW | Leave a comment »
The BMW X3 is a small crossover vehicle that offers standard all-wheel-drive along with a good blend of luxury performance. This five-seater combines BMW’s signature driving prowess with the utility of a crossover. The 2012 BMW X3 competes with other luxury crossover like the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, Cadillac SRX, Infiniti EX35 and Volvo XC60.
The 2012 BMW X3 is a luxury SUV available in two trim levels that correspond to the engine: the xDrive28i (starting at $37,100 MSRP) and the xDrive35i (MSRP from $42,700).
Standard features of 2012 BMW X3 xDrive 28i include 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, automatic wipers, automatic headlights, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats, cruise control, Bluetooth, BMW’s iDrive electronics interface and a 12-speaker sound system with a CD player, auxiliary audio jack and a USB/iPod interface. The 2012 X3 35i is similar but has 18-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic sunroof, adaptive xenon headlights and wood interior accents.
Options are largely grouped into packages, but several of the items are available separately. The Sport Activity package includes 18-inch (28i) or 19-inch (35i) wheels, sport front seats, a sport steering wheel and a sport transmission with paddle shifters (35i). The Premium package for the 28i includes auto-dimming mirrors, leather upholstery, additional lighting and more storage features. The Premium package for the 35i adds keyless ignition/entry and rear window sunshades. A rearview camera with top view, front and rear parking sensors and a navigation system are disponibles on the Technology package.
The profile of the 2012 BMW X3 is characterized by flared wheel arches and short front and rear overhangs. Three creases in the car’s side add detail to the silhouette with the X3’s signature upper contour line rising steeply from the front wheel arch area, then tapering toward the rear light clusters. This line is echoed by two subtle lines following the contour line above the wheel arches. When compared to its predecessor (pre-2011), the new 2012 BMW X3 is a half-inch taller, 3.36 inches longer, 1.1 inches wider and features a half-inch more ground clearance.
The interior of the 2012 BMW X3 is welcoming, with tasteful surfaces and a tidy arrangement of components. Dark dashboard moldings contrast with lighter lower sections and carpet colors. High-grade wood trim accents are used sparingly on the center console, door cappings and above the glovebox. The view out the windscreen is commanding. Big mirrors provide a good spread of rearward visibility to deal with the inevitable blind spots that occur in cars with vertical D-pillars. A fourth-generation iDrive Multimedia controller keeps control-button proliferation to a minimum, and the dashboard looks tidy and organized.
In a class that puts sporty performance before practicality, the 2012 BMW X3 offers good cargo and passenger space. With the second row in place, the X3 has 27.6 cubic feet of cargo space. With all seats folded, there is 56.6 cubic feet of space.
The BMW Mobile Office system can provide calendar updates while you’re on the road, making it easy to keep the entire family on schedule.
You can also opt for a backseat iPod holder, which attaches an iPad to the back of the front seats, allowing kids in the back to watch videos or play games.
A 3.0-liter 6-cylinder in-line engine powers both 2012 BMW X3 models. The engine in the xDrive28i makes 240 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, while the turbocharged variant in the xDrive 35i is rated at 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode is standard on both models, as is all-wheel-drive.
EPA fuel economy stand at 19 mpg city/ 25 mpg highway for BMW X3 28i, while the X3 35i actually achieves 19/26 mpg.
The 2012 BMW X3 comes with standard four-wheel anti-lock brakes, hill descent control and brake fade compensation. Passive safety features include front airbags and front side-impact airbags. The X3 also has a crash sensor that disconects the starter, fuel pump and alternator, unlocks the doors and turns on the hazard and interior lighgts in an accident.
The automobile.com website says about 2012 BMW X3:
This “soft-roader” has become the luxury standard when it comes to family wagons. It combines the off-road performance and horsepower of sport utility vehicles with the size and fuel efficiency of station wagons.