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BMW’s X3 SUV better in 2nd generation

An all-new BMW X3 SUV arrived late last year – arriving in the over $60,000 medium SUV segment, one of the hottest market segments this year. There’s some very good players here – Audi’s Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Land Rover’s Discovery Sport, Volvo’s XC 60 , Porsche’s Macan and Lexus’s NX Year to date the latest BMW X3 has topped the sales here marginally ahead of Mercedes GLC. I’ve just tested the BMW X3 xDrive 30i 2.0-litre turbo 8-speed automatic $75,900 in base form although as tested with option $87,130. Quite frankly it’s probably the nicest BMW I’ve driven for quite some time and one can see why it’s become their most popular model. For a start good looking, accentuated with 20-inch wheels that look superb but which provide a noticeably sharp ride from run-flat tyres– perhaps my only real gripe with an SUV that’s loaded with drive, comfort and convenience features. The European prestige and luxury importers are always fixated on large wheels and low profile tyres – they
suit European roads but on our rough surfaces they don’t provide the ride comfort we sometimes look for. That aside, drive-ability of the BMW X3 30i all-wheel-drive is superb – 350Nm of torque and eight-speed automatic makes it a great driver – but its superbly equipped as well, competent, beautifully detailed and with a lot of value added safety and tech features. To me it stands out in the $60,000 plus medium SUV market. I’m David Berthon

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