A Buyer's Guide to the 2012 BMW X3

If you like high-end SUVs, the 2012 BMW X3 is definitely worth taking a look at. It’s a great mixture of luxury, utility and convenience.

Key Features

The Servotronic power steering on this SUV is excellent for giving you a true sense of the terrain below. This vehicle’s all-independent suspension will also contribute greatly to your experience. It ensures that your ride always remains comfortable, without stripping you of feedback from the road.

Also, the eight-speed automatic definitely makes this SUV a lot of fun to drive, especially when you explore the manual and sport modes. The 2012 BMW X3 can go from 0 to 60 mph in under seven seconds.

Changes for 2012

Not a lot has changed since 2011. After all, BMW just released its third generation of the X3 last year. The major ones are mainly cosmetic. What We Like

The highway EPA rating of 25 mpg is a welcomed surprise for an SUV of this size and power. We also look very favorably on the xDrive Intelligent AWD. The torque split for the 2012 BMW X3 will depend on road conditions. So no matter what comes your way, this SUV will be ready to respond.

Also, for a compact SUV, BMW made a lot of use of the interior room available. This includes a 60/40-split rear seat and plenty of space upfront as well. A refined matte trim accents the entire interior too.

Speaking of comfort, the automatic climate control is a welcome addition.

What Concerns Us

For a German car, much less a BMW, it would seem like a no-brainer to offer a manual transmission option. There isn’t one. Also, BMW insists on including their iDrive control system, whether you want to use it or not. We also find it odd that they took another shot at reinventing the transmission’s automatic lever.

Available Models

There are two types of the 2012 BMW X3 to choose from: xDrive 28i and xDrive 35i. The former has a six-cylinder engine, while the engine on the latter is supercharged. You’ll also get slightly better fuel economy from the xDrive 35i at about 19/26 mpg. Major Recalls BMW did recall some 2012 BMW X3s because there were issues with power brakes failing.

Common Issues

Some have reported that the base model can feel a bit sluggish when the engine is first called upon, only to then come on with too much power after a second or two.

BMW X5 2012 Interior


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