- Slightly bigger and wider than the old BMW X3, making it acceptably comfortable.
- Best feature? Great, flat-cornering and sporty handling that’s peerless, like all BMWs.
- Powerful, smooth engine.
- All-wheel drive.
- Feels very solid.
- Nicely appointed interior.
- Driver’s seat is as adjustable as any we’ve ever seen.
- Good looking.
- Comfortable up front.
- Huge double moon roof goes all the way to the back seats.
- Automatic headlights.
- Acceptable amount of cargo room in the back, though not capacious. More space, of course, if you lower the seat.
- Very thick C pillar and a small back light combine to make it difficult to parallel park.
- No rear backup camera in the base model, which is a necessity in this car.
- BMW’s overly complex, distracting iDrive control system. iDrive is better than in past years—which makes it just an annoyance now, but no longer a reason not to buy the car.
- Hard to start off or come to a complete stop, without the vehicle being a bit jerky.
- Remote keyless entry is a bit quirky, and doesn’t always work exactly as you might anticipate. For example, you need to pull the handle twice to unlock it.
- Fairly pricey: Even the base model goes out the door at about $45,000.