A Week Driving the 2022 BMW X3 xDrive30i Compact SUV

Of all the different vehicle types on the road today, I most like compact SUVs. The overall size, the interior dimensions, the high seating, and the space for passengers and cargo, all add up to a great form factor for solo drivers, couples, and smaller families. It’s no surprise then that the 2022 BMW X3 was a fun drive experience with a size almost identical to my daughter’s Audi Q3 and so many other compact SUVs (also known as CUVs) available today. It’s a popular market segment and an easy drive, particularly against the comparison of the far larger 2022 Toyota Tundra 4×4 Limited, which I was driving just a few weeks ago!

For many years Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) has advertised its vehicles as “The ultimate driving machines”. The X3? Not so much. You really had to ensure you were in Sport mode to have other than a rather underwhelming and underpowered driving experience. Like most modern automatics, the vehicle has three drive modes, Sport, Comfort, and Eco Pro. After trying them all, it’s only in Sport that the “driving machine” moniker seems to apply. But we’ll get bac to the drive experience.

For now, let’s start with an exterior shot of the Tanzanite Blue II Metallic 2022 BMW X3:

2022 bmw x3 xdrive30i - exterior front

It’s very attractive, and the color looked great in direct sunlight, with a deep, metallic finish. It’s hard to miss that it’s also a pretty typical SUV design with the only true BMW note its trademark front grille. People aren’t buying this vehicle to dream about…

Article continues on PlanetDave.com as “A Delightful Week Driving the 2022 BMW X3 xDrive30i Compact SUV“…

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