Originally Posted by plymjack
Mark you cant have it both ways... you said "Looks are deceiving...Latest X3 isn't much smaller these days" and you said "X3 proportions look weird" and then you said "go for a used X5" (which is the same size as a new X3).
If you want a X5 get one but the X3 is not so different in size or shape to be worth worrying about. Purchase and running cost and engine size are much more significant.
Good points. I think what gets me about the current gen X3 is proportion of the front bumper (see attachment). The angle of the lower portion of the bumper angles inward. While the front end of the X1 and X5 mostly goes straight down (more squarish look).