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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Comfort position
In the comfort position, the roof is not fully open. This reduces wind noise in the passenger compartment. Every time the glass sunroof is opened or closed completely, it stops in the comfort p ...

Storing a channel
1.  "Radio" 2.  "Satellite radio" 3.  Select "All channels" or a desired category. 4.  Select the desired channel. 5.  Press the controller a ...

Vehicle equipment
This Owner's Manual describes all models and all standard, country-specific and optional equipment that is offered in the model series. Therefore, in this Owner's Manual, equipment is also desc ...