BMW X3 vs. the Competition
Chicago drivers comparing the BMW X3 vs. the competition, you’re starting in the right place: a BMW frame of mind. Try to find a luxury crossover that can compete with the well-reviewed BMW X3, and we think you’ll have a hard time. To show you what we mean, we’ve brought up some of the X3’s top competitors.
BMW X3 vs. Audi Q5
The Audi Q5 and BMW X3 both seat up to 5 passengers, which puts them on similar footing. The remaining competitors also seat 5 passengers, but like the Q5, they don’t make great use of their space. The BMW X3 sports 28.7 cubic feet of cargo, expandable to 68.7 cubic feet — the Audi has just 26.8 cubic feet, expandable to 60.4 cubic feet. It might seem a small difference, but that’s an extra backpack or bag of groceries on a busy day.
On the tech front, the BMW X3 has an available premium sound system (with hard drive) on the base model and still gives drivers entertainment standards that they expect — the Audi Q5 has cut the CD player from its dash. As if that’s not enough, the BMW also gives drivers voice control over infotainment features, one of the many amenities Audi expects you to upgrade for.
BMW X3 vs. Land Rover Discovery Sport
While BMW crossovers are built for agility, Land Rovers are… not. It might be fine for a vehicle like the Land Rover Discovery Sport to plod along in the wilderness, but when it hits the pavement, it needs to be able to turn and respond quickly.
Features like adaptive cruise control and a HUD should at the least be optional on this tier of SUV, too, yet they’re on the long list of features the Discovery Sport doesn’t offer. The BMW X3 also offers more headroom for front and rear passengers than the Discovery Sport, with more shoulder room up front as well.
Perhaps the final nail in the coffin for the Land Rover is its dismal fuel economy; if you’re shopping for an SUV around Chicago or Winnetka, the Land Rover’s four-wheel drive makes a big impact at the pump.
BMW X3 vs. Lexus NX
You’re not seeing double; we compared the Lexus NX to the BMW X1 as well, as Lexus is a bit short on small crossovers. The restrictive interior space and lackluster infotainment system are big strikes against the Lexus NX, which continues to have just 71.6 cubic feet of passenger volume (the BMW X3 has nearly 70 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the front row; it has 101.4 cubic feet of passenger space).
The eight-speed automatic transmission of the X3 gives it yet another edge over the six-speed transmission of the Lexus, allowing the BMW a more seamless driving experience.
Test Drive the BMW X3
Now that you’ve seen the BMW X3 vs. the competition, explore BMW X3 towing capacity and features. We want you to just see what the BMW X3 has to offer–let’s put this luxury crossover to the test. Contact Perillo BMW today to schedule a test drive of the new BMW X3 and decide for yourself if it has any true competitor.
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