The BMW X3 gets a much-needed update for the 2011 model year, benefiting from great strides in BMW technology since its launch seven years ago. The car gains some size, although the styling doesn't change much. More importantly, it gets BMW's latest power-train and cabin tech.
Like many of its model siblings, the X3 gets BMW's latest twin scroll turbo direct-injection 3-liter, six-cylinder engine. Using BMW's double-Vanos technology, it achieves excellent power while not being too thirsty.
BMW uses an electric power-steering unit, which helps with power-train efficiency. The steering always feels very engaged, which suggests the car is only appropriate for people who really like to drive.