It seems like BMW can just print money, and if you put a BMW logo on anything, people would certainly be willing to buy it, especially if it’s a crossover. That’s the benefit of being one of the most highly regarded luxury brands in the world. Because of this, the 2018 BMW X3 is destined to be a hit.
I’m not really one to believe in destiny, however. With some serious dedication and innovation, the X3 could have overcome its destiny to be more than just a hit and instead become the best vehicle in its class, a title that the crossover, unfortunately, can’t claim. The new X3 (especially in base form) manages to be quite average, not standing out in any one regard. Still, the X3 is better than it used to be. The luxury SUV was totally redone for the 2018 model year, gaining a more refined yet rugged style and updates all around.
The hallmark of any BMW is that it should be a driver’s car with great, balanced handling and engaging steering. Luckily, the X3 checks those boxes pretty confidently — the steering has a good weight, and is responsive and precise, while the chassis is clearly well engineered and makes the X3 feel very composed and balanced. The crossover feels happy diving into corners and confident scooting around, just like a BMW should.
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