BMW X3 redefines comfort and luxury in SUVs

The new BMW X3 Luxury Line is definitely a technologically superior car compared to its predecessor and is a lot savvier than I imagined, says P Tharyan.

The two seats in front can be electrically adjusted with memory function. Like an upmarket five series and seven series sedan, this Sports Activity Vehicle ( another name for an SUV) is luxurious.

The X3 comes with two sets of keys, one a display key, the other a normal one. The Luxury Line comes with the BMW Connected iDrive. Again, the rectangular screen and the large knob on the centre console help you navigate through a lot of functions, whether it is your driver profile settings, vehicle settings, audio selection or your navigation.

Wherever one can type out functions, one can write, too. The writing can be done with your finger, though it may look and feel a bit juvenile, it’s a function no doubt. That’s the iDrive Touch with handwriting recognition.

Then there’s Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth with audio streaming, hands free and USB connectivity.

There is also a rear-view camera, park distance control (front and rear), parking assistant, camera and ultrasound-based parking assistance system, a Harman Kardon Surround Sound system with 600 W, 16 loudspeakers), a DVD drive and integrated 20GB hard drive for maps and audio files, wireless charging, etc. The smartphone holder integrated into the centre console allows inductive wireless charging for mobile phones and the BMW Display key.

Unlike a BMW sedan, this sports activity vehicle is meant for rough roads, so I took it on a path less travelled. I was very impressed by the vehicle’s suspension.

Adaptive suspensions, electronically controlled automatic differential brakes and locks and dynamic traction control all came into play to make my drive through rough land a treat of sorts. The vehicle also has features like Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control.

It is the BMW xDrive, an intelligent all-wheel-drive system, in this all-new BMW X3 which gets to work by distributing the engine’s power between the front and rear axle perfectly to suit driving needs.

 

On smooth tarmac, the X3 is like a well-behaved sedan. The two-litre four-cylinder diesel engine of BMW X3 xDrive 20d produces an output of 190 hp and a maximum torque of 400 Nm at 1,750–2,500 rpm. The eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission performs seamlessly with power delivery, perfectly matched to your driving modes.

The steering wheel paddle shifters allow you to explore speedier drives. The driver can choose between different driving modes like Ecopro, Comfort and Sport to suit different driving conditions. There is also an Adaptive mode which automatically engages the Comfort and Sport mode, as and when the need arises while driving.

The all-new BMW X3 comes with six airbags, dynamic stability control including Cornering Brake Control, electric parking brake with auto hold, side-impact protection, electronic vehicle immobiliser and crash sensor, among others.

The new BMW X3 Luxury Line is definitely a technologically superior car compared to its predecessor and is a lot savvier than I imagined.

Report: Motown India; www.motownindia.Com

Images: Kind courtesy BMW India


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