BMW's compact all-wheel-drive X3 SUV seats five and is smaller than BMW's X5. The X3 fits into the growing luxury SUV segment that also includes the Acura RDX, Infiniti EX35 and Land Rover LR2.
New for 2009
There are no significant changes to the X3 for 2009.
The X3's styling is similar to that of the X5, but on a slightly smaller scale. Design cues include a fresh interpretation of the Hofmeister kink — a bend behind the rear side windows that distinguishes BMWs — and a version of the automaker's twin-kidney grille.
- 17-inch wheels
- Roof rails
- Available 18- and 19-inch wheels
- Available adaptive xenon headlights
- Available Aero package with front and rear bumpers and side skirts
- Available running boards
The five-person cabin features familiar analog gauges, and the dashboard has wood trim.
- Simulated leather
- Walnut interior trim
- 60/40-split folding rear seats
- Tilt/telescoping steering wheel
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Panoramic moonroof
- Available navigation system
- Available leather with multiple color options
Under the Hood
BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system is standard and permits fully variable distribution of torque from front to rear. Up to 100 percent of engine torque can go to either axle, as needed.
- 3.0-liter six-cylinder makes 260 horsepower and 225 pounds-feet of torque
- Six-speed manual transmission
- Available six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission
Side curtain airbags, called the Head Protection System, protect occupants in the front and rear. There are also active head restraints that BMW says will move forward in a rear collision to help prevent neck injuries.
- Side-impact airbags
- Rear side-impact airbags available
- Electronic stability system
- Brake fade compensation and start-off assist
- Hill Descent Control
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