There have been several first time experiences in the last couple months of reviewing vehicles. I was at the Detroit Auto Show and the Toronto Auto Show for the first time. Last fall, was my first Porsche media vehicle. This time, it’s my first BMW media vehicle and the timing couldn’t have been more ideal. Timing is always important. The previous experience sitting behind the wheel of a BMW was last spring when my friend Brenda threw me the keys to her new BMW 128i Cabriolet. Since then, I’ve been hanging out with a lot of new BMW owners.
As I mentioned, the timing on the BMW X3 media schedule was perfect. Perfect in the sense that the X3 was a very capable winter vehicle and given the amount of snow we’ve had this season, the X3 All-Wheel Drive system would make my life a lot easier.
The 2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i is a spacious and elegant compact luxury crossover. It offers a firm ride with its 8-speed automatic turbocharged 2.0L inline 4-cylinderengine and delivers 240 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. It’s also pretty quick off the line with a 0-100km/hr in under 8 seconds.
There’s a lot to be said about BMW’s tag line “The Ultimate Driving Experience” and in the short week that I had the X3, every moment was enjoyable. It also helped that the media vehicle was loaded with premium options such as the panorama sunroof, Bi-Xenon headlights and most importantly, SIRIUS Satellite Radio.
For the few cloudless days throughout the week, the panorama sunroof certainly added to the joy of driving. I always appreciate it when the sun comes out. I don’t think I could own a vehicle if it didn’t have a sunroof. Now that many more vehicles in this compact crossover class are offering panorama sunroofs, this option would be at the top of my list.
The cabin on the X3 is quite exquisite. Sitting in the driver’s seat really adds to the “Ultimate Driving Experience” with soft leather everywhere. Throw in the heated seats, heated steering wheel and my favourite, paddle shifters. The only thing missing is a Starbucks barista in the passenger seat offering up spiced lattes as I drive around running daily errands. It handled the snow and ice quite well, so I can only assume that it will be able to handle the potholes come spring.
Other vehicles in the luxury crossover class include the Audi Q5, Acura RDX, Cadillac SRX, Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque and the Infiniti EX.
The 2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i as tested, was priced at $50,000 which included the Premium Package, Technology Package, BMW Apps Package and SIRIUS as one of the stand alone options. Fuel consumption is listed at 9.5L/100km in the city, 7.0L/100km on the highway and 8.3L/100km combined.
Photos by Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal