First Drive: 2011 BMW X3

2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i

Base price (with destination): $41,925
Price as tested: $52,025

Standard Equipment:
3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine
8-speed automatic transmission
xDrive all-wheel-drive system
Dynamic Stability Control w/Brake Drying, Brake Stand-by, Start-off Assistant, and Brake Fade Compensation
Hill Descent Control
4-wheel disc brakes w/ABS and Dynamic Brake Control
Xenon adaptive headlamps w/LED corona rings
Automatic headlamps
LED adaptive brake lights
Rain-sensing wipers
Audio system w/AM/FM/CD/MP3 and iPod and USB adapters
iDrive system
Nevada leather
18-inch Y-spoke wheels
Performance Control
Dynamic Damper Control
Fineline Siena wood trim

Options on this vehicle:
Convenience Package
- Power tailgate
- Keyless entry and ignition
- Cargo net
- Rear side-window shades
Cold Weather Package
- Heated steering wheel
- 40/20/40 split rear-seat backrest
- Heated front and rear seats
- Headlight washers
Premium Package
- Garage-door opener
- Panoramic moonroof
- Auto-dimming mirrors
- Lumbar support
- Storage package
- Interior light package
Technology Package
- Backup camera with top view
- Park Distance Control
- BMW Assist w/enhanced BT & USB
- Navigation system w/real-time traffic information
Roof rails in aluminum satin
Satellite radio

Key options not on vehicle:
Head-up display
Sport Activity Package
- Sports leather steering wheel with shift paddles
- X-line exterior trim
- Sport seats
- Roof rails in aluminum satin
M Sport Package
- 19-inch wheels
- High-gloss roof rails
- M Sports leather steering wheel with shift paddles
- Performance control
- Sport seats
- Aerodynamic kit
- Anthracite headliner
- Sport automatic transmission
- Shadowline exterior trim

Fuel economy:
19 / 21 / 26 mpg

3.0L I-6 turbo
Horsepower: 300 hp @ 5800 rpm
Torque: 300 lb-ft @ 1300-5000 rpm


8-speed automatic

Curb weight: 4222 lb

Wheels/tires: 18 x 8.0-in wheels, 245/55R18 tires

Competitors: Audi Q5, Cadillac SRX, Mercedes-Benz GLK

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