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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Preparing and loading the ski bag
1. Fold open the center arm rest and the lid on the inside. 2. Open the inside cover and cargo area by pressing the button. 3. Lay out the ski bag. 4. Load the ski bag. If necessary, wrap the ...

Important features in the engine compartment
1 Washer fluid reservoir 2 Vehicle identification number 3 Jump-starting, negative terminal 4 Jump-starting, positive terminal 5 Coolant reservoir 6 Oil filler neck ...

Radio ready state
Activate radio ready state: ▷ When the ignition is switched off: press ON/ OFF button on the radio. ▷ When the engine is running: press START/ STOP button. Some electronic systems/p ...