2011 BMW X3 Review by Mike Hanley

The BMW X3 may have been a pioneer among compact luxury crossovers, but a number of competitors — including the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class and Volvo XC60 — have entered the fray since its debut as a 2004 model. Now, with the second-generation X3, BMW has new metal to take them on.

The 2011 BMW X3 is still the small luxury crossover of choice for driving enthusiasts, but its substantially more forgiving suspension tuning should make the new version far more appealing.

I tested the base xDrive28i, which starts at $36,750; with options, our test car's sticker price was $43,875. For a side-by-side comparison with the competitors mentioned above, click here.

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Customer Relations
At a glance Contact Customer Relations for information on all aspects of your vehicle. Calling Customer Relations Vehicles not equipped with BMW Assist or TeleService 1. "BMW Assist" ...

Activating/deactivating the functions
Several menu items are preceded by a checkbox. It indicates whether the function is activated or deactivated. Selecting the menu item activates or deactivates the function. The function is acti ...

Checking the engine oil level
Your car is equipped with an electronic engine oil level check. Requirements ▷ The engine must be running and warm after the vehicle has been driven for at least 6.2 miles/10 km. ▷ ...