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2007 BMW X3 3.0si Review

Sure-Footed Small SUV

A three-quarter front view of a blue 2007 BMW X3 3.0si

In short: A handy and sporty small SUV.

X3 Interior
Under the hood of the X3

BMW X3 Rear

BMW's recently redesigned small SUV has something for everyone. Gearheads will appreciate the amped-up performance, and luxury lovers will appreciate details like sixteen-way comfort seats and chrome exhaust tips.

With the X3's new magnesium alloy straight-six 3.0-liter engine cranking out a hefty 260 horsepower, this small SUV can speed from 0-60 mph in under 7 seconds—an impressive figure for a vehicle tipping the scale at over two tons. However, thanks to the intelligent xDrive all-wheel drive system, this BMW only burns rubber in the figurative sense. While the xDrive sends 60 percent of torque to the rear wheels under normal conditions, it is able to vary its distribution according to where grip is available, resulting in a smooth, sure-footed ride.

As expected, the BMW's high-performance powertrain is complemented by an equally high-class driver's cabin. Both front and rear passengers are given plenty space to stretch out in the X3's comfy seats. In addition, BMW has introduced a slightly softened chassis in the new X3, meaning that babies sleep sound and golf bags stay put in the luxury sport ute's spacious rear storage compartment. However, whether it's the driving range or the mountain range you seek, the BMW X3 is sure to take you there in style and comfort.

A three-quarter rear view of a blue 2007 BMW X3 3.0si

Warranty/Service: four-year/50,000-mile full maintenance program, four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty, twelve-year limited rust perforation, four-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance.

Base Price: $38,000/As Tested: $47,975

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: AWD 4-door SUV

Engine: 3.0L V6
Horsepower: 260 hp
Torque: 225 ft-lbs

Curb weight: 4,012 lbs
Wheelbase: 110.1 in
179.9/73/66 in
Turning circle: N/A

Brakes: 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS

Safety: driver and passenger airbags, head protection system, tire pressure monitor

0-60 mph:
6.9 seconds

EPA City: 19 mpg
EPA Highway: 26 mpg

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(Updated: 06/09/10 NW)

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