Munich, Germany: A controlled driving session with a company minder in the front passenger seat is not the ideal way of assessing a new car.
Given those restrictions imposed by BMW on this short drive of the new 2011 BMW X3, which goes on sale in January in X3 35i form, the drive was nevertheless sufficient to gather that this new model is clearly better than the outgoing one.
By virtue of introducing the smaller X1, has been able to increase the new X3's dimensions, so it's 3.3 in. longer than before with a wheelbase that has only grown by just over half an inch. There's nearly an inch more legroom in the rear seats, while shoulder room front and rear is 1.6 and 0.8 inches greater, respectively, and luggage capacity has increased to 19.4 cubic feet. (Read More)