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      11-30-2010, 09:25 AM   #1
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Talking My BMW X3 Test Drive and Presentation

Hey guys,

I've had the chance to attend BMW X3 presentation and get a test-drive a week later here in Riga, Latvia.

The presentation was organized by Wess Select, the better of the two BMW dealers in Latvia, and it was all posh and flashy. The car itself was somehow delivered onto the roof of an art gallery. No wonder we were surprised at first, when we arrived at the presentation — there was no sign of the car around.

After some introduction from key people in Wess Select, we were invited to go upstairs and see the car for the first time in Latvia. Since it was rather cold, Wess Select presented each attendee with personal plaid, which was a nice touch. The preentation itself lasted for about 2 minutes, as they announced it, lit some fireworks and unveiled what was under wraps.



The car on display was BMW X3 2.0d in Alpine White. I got to say it looks stunning in that color and I do prefer it over other ones. We were all allowed to check the car inside-out, it's been a decent optioned one, so there were a lot of gizmos to play with. I decided not to waste time in vain and applied for a test-drive on the following week.









The car I've been given to drive was 35i with nearly all options ticked. I'm really interested in getting myself a 30d, I've been told that production will start in April meaning that first cars will roll out some time around June/July.

Moving on to the car itself. I'm not a professional reporter, never intended to be one. But I've recorded a a short video showcasing the interior and some of my thoughts on this car (in Russian).



Overall I like it more than BMW X5 (E70), since it's more compact and driver oriented. 35i engine was superb, although it lacked some dynamics which my 135i (same engine) has. It somehow behaved more like 4.8i found in the X5 (E70), when you push the throttle there's a slight delay and then you feel all the power that the car has to offer. Could it be due to N55 single turbo or I'm just not used to driving 4x4 SUVs, I don't know for sure.

The 8-speed automatic transmission was smooth and sweet. Gear shifts seemed seamless. I've tried using paddle gear shifts, it's been quite fun, but it's not like an SUV really needs those, especially when you have 8 speeds to click through. They did change the paddles themselves (compared to my 135i), from now on the left one is used only for down-shifting and the right one's for going up. I kind of noticed that my fingers were a bit short to reach for those due to different steering wheel. Sport mode was great as well, it sharpens the steering, suspension and accelerator pedal. Normal mode was softer than I expected from BMW, even though the car had 19" rims. I've tried doing some elements of active driving and since I'm used to my 135i, the car felt too "tall" if you know what I mean, I've never lost confidence in it, but it still felt a bit too big, way smaller than X5 though.

Top view camera was brilliant, I was very impressed by this tech, which I know is not anything of a breakthrough, but I'm still ticking that one in the options list. We did some basic offroading, which was not staged or anything. I imagined myself going to my country house, which I've had troubles reaching in winter with my 135i and I'd say that X3 will do the job just fine. There was never a time when the DSC/DTC would switch on, which I guess is a good sign.

The interior is great, I love the new dash, it's really great. The iDrive got some minor refinement (there was a news about the updates somewhere here on bimmerpost). There was enough space for me as a driver, for the passenger and the rear seats are all good to carry 3 people over there.

Here are some photos of BMW X3 near my 135i, it's been a dirty week here in Riga due to snow and all that, so sorry, no shiny things:







Overall — It's a great car! Oh, and the avg fuel consumption was 10.5l/100km (22.4 mpg). I'm really looking forward to purchasing the BMW X3 30d with M Sport package in Alpine White.

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      11-30-2010, 01:47 PM   #2
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Man that X3 looks huge!

Nice pics.

As long as you like it, but it is tough to move from a 1 Series or 3 Series to an X3.

Who knows? If the wife harasses me enough, I may wind up with one too.

After all, I gotta eat!!
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Thanks for the post and review (a great post)

Liked the video - just had to guess what you were saying!!!!
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      11-30-2010, 08:19 PM   #5
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What's the price -- the new Jeep Grand Cherokee is probably a close competitor.
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      11-30-2010, 09:47 PM   #6
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Lexxeech, you have some of the sweetest vids on YouTube. Thanks man. Great review on the X3!
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Thx for the review. Really enjoyed it
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What an awesome review...and awesome dealer!

Damn...you can't even get a test drive on the street here in Taipei....and there you can really try it out!
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Awesome review. Just ordered mine last week with pretty much all the options. Should be here by jan. Can't wait.
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Thanks for the post, I like the video, am planning to order an x3 30d with an Mpackage in space gray. Now that i saw the video I will most probably opt for the top view and pdc which are unfortunately separate options.
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Wow, this got to front page, I'm shocked, speechless and happy at the same time! Thanks for the kind words guys!

My ideal plan is to get X3 as my second car, alongside 135i so it would be a neat situation to have a sports car and a SUV for winter. I am not ready to give up the pleasure of driving 135i just yet.

denocoop: Wow, awesome!
Yogijet: Thanks!
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Man that X3 looks huge!

Nice pics.

As long as you like it, but it is tough to move from a 1 Series or 3 Series to an X3.

Who knows? If the wife harasses me enough, I may wind up with one too.

After all, I gotta eat!!
The new X3 is near the same size as the last gen X5.

Model bloat ftl. But still, looks like a great car. Also, congrats on front page and nice review. I've been e90post deprived all day since the site is down .
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The new X3 is near the same size as the last gen X5.

Model bloat ftl. But still, looks like a great car. Also, congrats on front page and nice review. I've been e90post deprived all day since the site is down .
LOL me too.

But also the new X3 needs to grow to give more space to the X1. The new X5 had to grow to give room to the X3. And voila, BMW has created another money making niche!
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The new X3 is near the same size as the last gen X5.

Model bloat ftl. But still, looks like a great car. Also, congrats on front page and nice review. I've been e90post deprived all day since the site is down .
Oh Jeez man. I thought I was going to die and was starting to get sick from withdrawal symptoms. So glad the site is back up.
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Very nice review...the N54/N55 is certainly a game changer with V8 power in a more economical package. Great stuff.
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What's the price -- the new Jeep Grand Cherokee is probably a close competitor.
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The Grand Cherokee would be an X5 competitor. The X3 would compete more along the likes of the Liberty.
A fully loaded 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland model in Canada is about 10K less than a fully loaded X3!

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Great review, molodets. Will be placing my order next week hopefully.
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Great review, molodets. Will be placing my order next week hopefully.
Let us know the spec once you have ordered
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Let us know the spec once you have ordered
still trying to decide a bit between 2011 X5 3.5 diesel and new X3 but most likely go with with X3. will let you know the specs if I order.

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