Efficiency is the name of the game in almost every area of the automotive market, and even luxury brands are starting to feel the pressure of upcoming government regulations and rising gas prices. The 2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i has been given a brand new drivetrain that attempts to better the performance of the previous model year's larger motor while simultaneously reducing the amount of fuel that it consumes in the process.
A difficult task, to be sure, but one that modern technology is more than capable of handling - right? Not exactly. The BMW X3 xDrive28i compact crossover is a success in many respects, but the decision to have it join the small-displacement turbo revolution appears to have been premature, especially in the face of stiff competition from the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class and the Audi Q5.