"Cnet missed the ball on this one"3.5 starson by dantec
Pros: Handling, Exterior, BMW Engine, xDrive
Cons: Interior materials, pricey
Summary: Cnet really screwed up on this one. They missed what this car is all about: Handling. No SUV, can handle like this car. Hell this car even out-handles most sedans out on the market today ! The tradeoff is that you have to have tightly tuned suspension, which as a result doesn't give you a plushy lexus ride. But this is a BMW after all !
The engine is buttery smooth, and xDrive really is amazing.
What I would like to see BMW do with this car, is upgrade some of the interior materials. Unlike the review, I find the leather just fine, but some of the dash plastics could be nicer. That said the X3's interiors well-built and the fit and finish is as good as any other BMW.
Bottom Line: Delivers a BMW feel + the unlimited possibilities of a SUV. If your a spirited driver and you test drive it, you'll probably be hooked on its amazing handling.