2008 BMW X3 3.0si

The X3 certainly has the reflexes of a BMW, with sharp steering and good body control, and the X3's inline six is still one of the best engines in the world. Unfortunately, the X3 is starting to show its age. Its interior is lacking in some of the refinements found in newer offerings, and the ride is simply too harsh (a complaint we've had since this vehicle was first introduced). BMW has had the luxury of effectively having the small/midsize luxury SUV segment to itself for years, but the Mercedes-Benz GLK, the Audi Q5, and the upcoming Volvo XC60 are going to force BMW to step up its game with the X3, lest it get outshone in the marketplace.

Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor

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