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Eric's Autos: 2018 BMW X3

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One other change for 2018 is that all-wheel drive is standard with either engine. The formerly available rear-wheel-drive version (the xDrive35i) has been dropped.

What's Good

It has more headroom than most rivals.

It has more cargo room than most rivals.

It's fun to drive the rear-wheel-drive layout.

What's Not So Good

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The high-mileage diesel engine option has been dropped.

Under the Hood

Both of the X3's engines return: the standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder inline and the optional 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder inline. However, both are stronger than before.

The four-cylinder now has 248 horsepower, versus the 240 it had last year. And the six-cylinder engine in the M40i is uprated to 355 horsepower, versus 300 last year. Both are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system.


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