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2017 BMW X3 still looks lovely after all these years

BMW has a whole new X3 generation teed up for the 2018 model year, but the 2017 X3 still looks fine.

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The 2017 model year X3 is the last of the second generation for BMW's small SUV, being replaced currently by the 2018 model year, the start of the third generation. 

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As a small, premium SUV, the X3 includes seating for five and ample cargo space, while its size makes for great general utility in cities and suburbs.

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This example is an X3 xDrive28i, meaning it comes with all-wheel-drive and a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine. 

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Even at the end of of a seven-year product cycle, the X3 still looks good, with smooth sides and a refined grille.

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Visibility is good all around due to a decently high roofline. 

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The all-wheel-drive system works automatically, shunting torque between the front and rear as needed.

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BMW's kidney grille is a styling cue the company has retained through the decades.

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The turbocharged 2-liter engine, although small, manages an ample 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

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The driver can choose from three modes: Eco Pro, Comfort and Sport. The fact that the mode defaults to Comfort every time you start the car means most X3s will spend their time in this mode.

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The 2017 is a good choice, even while being eclipsed by the incoming 2018 model, because BMW updated all the cabin electronics.

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