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2017 BMW X3 xDrive28i: The Ultimate Driving Machine

2017 BMW X3 xdrive28i Exterior Front WhiteLast week I enjoyed traveling in movie star style in a small but powerful SUV that BMW calls “the Ultimate Driving Machine®.” The X3 xDrive28i test model was adorned in a glistening Mineral Silver Metallic paint coat with Oyster Nevada leather interior. Elegant touches inside the cabin included Burl Walnut Wood trim with pearl gloss chrome accents. The only thing missing was a chauffeur.

While the base price for the vehicle was $41,250, options added by the manufacturer (including the paint job) brought the total price to $54,395. All these extras made me feel even more special!

These added features included a cold weather package with heated steering wheel, front seats, rear seats, and retractable headlight washers ($950), and a lighting package with Xenon headlights ($900).

Additional features included a driving assistance package ($950) with rear view camera and park distance control system. They also added a premium package with keyless entry, panoramic moon-roof, lumbar support and Sirius XM Radio ($3,200); plus a technology package with navigation system, head-up display, BMW Online and apps, advanced RTT, remote services and instrument cluster ($2,750).

The special xLine package included sport leather steering wheel, 19” light alloy wheels, and fineline light high gloss wood ($1,500).

Standard features on my “driving machine” were already impressive.  They started with a 2.0 liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder, 16 valve engine with variable valve control and high-precision direct injection. The 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission featured sport and manual shift modes and adaptive transmission control.  All of which translated to a lot of fun to drive.

The X3 handled beautifully with all wheel driving system, dynamic stability control and brake control, and hill descent control.  Halogen headlights, LED fog lights, privacy glass and power folding, heated side mirrors were all standard.

Even the power tailgate, rain-sensing windshield wipers, dynamic cruise control, and iDrive system with on-board computer, controller and eight programmable memory buttons were all standard features.

The estimated fuel economy was 21 mpg in town and 28 mpg on the highway, for an average of 24 mpg. Owners of the X3 will save a bundle on maintenance with BMW Ultimate Care™ package.  Maintenance for the first three years or 36,000 miles is free.

The BMW warranty is great as well.  You are signed up for 4-year/50,000 miles; 12 year unlimited mileage rust perforation limited warranty; and 4-year unlimited mileage roadside assistance program.


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