Road-test score: 78 (out of possible 100)
Price as tested: $43,120
Not recommended because of worse-than-average predicted reliability
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Highs: Agility, steering, braking, fit and finish, controls.
Lows: Ride, price, premium fuel, touchy throttle.
The X3 offers the versatility of an SUV with the sportiness typical of a BMW. The engine is smooth and powerful, handling is agile, and steering and braking are excellent. Previous X3s had a punishing ride. This one is still choppy, but more tolerable.