You know a BMW is getting old when you have to insert a conventional key and turn it to start the engine. This isn't a bad thing, it just shows you how quickly BMW has added new functions to their cars. In addition, the X3's navigation system doesn't have an iDrive controller, there is a water temperature gauge, and the indictor and wiper stalks don't reset to a neutral position after each selection.
As has been the case since it was launched, the X3 is still too expensive, not very big inside, and has a brittle low-speed ride even without the sport suspension option. Additionally, I don't find it very attractive. With Audi's new Q5 and Volvo's XC60 about to be launched, BMW should work double time to launch the new version of their small SUV as soon as possible.
Marc Noordeloos, Road Test Editor