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2009 BMW X3 vs. Its Competition

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2008 BMW X3-Series AWD 4-door 3.0si Angular Front Exterior View
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While the BMW X3 was the lone luxury compact crossover ute a few years ago, there are now plenty of great alternatives.

The new Volvo XC60 comes with a torquey inline six-cylinder engine, like the BMW, but it has a roomier interior and, some will think, a more fashionable interior.

Volvo also offers more high-tech safety features.

The Land Rover LR2 is related to the XC60 but has more off-road credibility, along with a more cluttered interior design.

Two new entries, the Mercedes-Benz GLK and Audi Q5, look to woo buyers looking for a smaller yet very luxurious SUV.

The GLK has some measure of off-road ability, while the Q5 aims at the crowd planning to stay on-road.

The most refined vehicle in this class, the Acura RDX, is a stiff competitor but suffers a bit from a choppy ride and a slightly off-base, zippy turbocharged engine;’s editors also think that the RDX has the best handling.

2008 BMW X3-Series AWD 4-door 3.0si Angular Front Exterior View2009 BMW X32010 Volvo XC602010 Volvo XC602009 Audi Q52009 Audi Q52008 Acura RDX 4WD 4-door Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Acura RDX2008 Land Rover LR2 AWD 4-door SE Angular Front Exterior View2008 Land Rover LR2
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The 2009 BMW X3 is a more rugged alternative to a sport wagon—but it’s not nearly as much fun to drive.
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The 2010 Volvo XC60 brings unexpected style and a heavy dose of safety technology to families with all-weather needs.
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The 2009 Audi Q5 sports the sleek lines of a sweet German sedan, a date-worthy cabin, and good, hefty, but gimmicky handling.
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The 2008 Acura RDX gets its edge from turbo power and crisp handling, but it can feel a little nervous and cramped.
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The 2008 Land Rover LR2 splices the ruggedly stylish look that draws people to the legendary British brand with honest practicality, without the gas-guzzling and clumsy handling.
MSRP From    
$39,700Browse Used Listings$32,395Browse Used Listings$37,200Browse Used Listings$33,195Browse Used Listings$33,985Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage    
16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Gas I6Gas I6Gas V6Gas I4Inline 6
EPA Class    
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility
Style Name    
AWD 4-Door 30iFWD 4-Door 3.2Lquattro 4-Door 3.2L Prestige4WD 4-DoorAWD 4-Door SE
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll wheel drive4 Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
Passenger Doors    
Body Style    
4 Door5 Door Wagon4dr SUV4 Door4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Manual w/ODAutomatic,AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
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