The importance of the luxury compact SUV segment in Canada is constantly increasing. More and more families have the income and driveway real estate to park such status symbols, and as a result, smaller crossovers are being bought in larger quantities than ever. A particular staple when it comes to manufacturers in this segment has traditionally been BMW and its X3 model, offering class-leading features and technology.
The X3 plays host to several different engine specs on the Canadian market, with two particular ones being worthy of attention. The first is the 2.0-litre twin-turbocharged inline-four-cylinder, which puts out 248 horsepower. Coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission, it generates a healthy 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The more powerful, on the other hand, is a 3.0-litre twin-turbo inline-six that generates 355 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. The latter is the owner of the 0-100km/h segment record of 4.8 seconds. Just what you’d expect from a BMW.
One of the best things about the BMW X3 is the fact that it comes with several drive modes, depending on the model. It includes comfort, eco pro, sport and sport+ modes, each of which offers a slightly different ride comfort level, engine response, suspension stiffness and more. For example, comfort mode sees the X3’s optional adaptive suspension being quite compliant with a relaxed throttle response. This works well in everyday trips to the grocery store and in traffic. On the other hand, the sport+ mode means the exhaust froths angrily, steering bites hard and suspension stiffness is aggressive. Perhaps the ideal compromise is the sports mode, which offers pinpoint sharp throttle response and precision steering.
The onboard infotainment system is incredible as always. It allows users to interact with it via the traditional large dial on the centre console, by voice or the optional gesture control system. Depending on the trim level, you can also opt for features such as a SIM card-driven in-car WiFi hotspot, as well as a wireless charging port. The all-digital instrument cluster is very easy to read and clear, with the graphic styles changing depending on the selected drive mode. The optional heads-up display is a very convenient and functional feature. Showing countless useful information in a format that’s at eye level and is easy to process quickly, which definitely makes it a recommended addition.
Why is the BMW X3 So Good?
The BMW X3 is one of those cars that make you feel the amount of hard work, design, engineering and thought processes that went into it from the moment you step inside the cabin. This becomes even more apparent when you start the engine and hear it growl for the first time. The absolute best thing about the X3 is the way it delivers the performance so that it’s accessible to everyday drivers. Immensely practical and downplayed when needed, yet superbly fun when in beast mode, the BMW X3 is definitely a force to be reckoned with.