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Pros: The agility of the car, powerful with quick steering and responsive handling
Cons: Could use the 500 hp M5 V10!
Advice: Drive one!The engine is very strong and acceleration is exhilarating. The handling is snug and taut, the steering quick and responsive, though not as much so through the 4WD system as the 325i (what else is?). The styling, though quirky and not for everyone, is aggressive, confident, tough, beautifully detailed and handsome. The panorama roof never fails to draw “Ooohs!” The automatic control features, lights, speed sensitive sound volume control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, provides a distraction free driving experience. All controls are wonderful, especially the transmission which has a great passing gear. For me, the car is a perfect balance of size, styling, elegance, prestige, and performance in a rugged AWD package with strong engine, great handling, quick steering, intuitive controls and wonderful features like the panorama roof. It holds the right amount of stuff, 5 people with room for luggage plus the roof rack if needed. Gas mileage has been in the 17-18 mpg range. I like the functional quality of the interior, and already have a slightly plusher 325i for going to the opera with. In the X3, with it's tough vinyl fabric, I get the impression of sporty ruggedness and durability which I think is appropriate for an all-weather 4WD car. After six months and 9000 miles I still love this car, have had no need to visit the dealer and all parts including wear items are free of charge until 2009. The package is exactly what I wanted, not as big & high up as an X5 with the same interior space. You could not ask for more in a single vehicle, and my hats off to BMW.