2008 BMW X3 vs. Its Competition

2008 BMW X3-Series 3.0si
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Even the most refined vehicle in this class, the Acura RDX, suffers a bit from a choppy ride and a slightly off-base, zippy turbocharged engine.

The Land Rover LR2 has a more subdued V-6 engine, more rear-seat room, and more off-road credibility, along with a busy interior.

The Mercedes-Benz GLK and Audi Q5 are unknown quantities, but they're worth a look later this year when they go on sale for the first time.

2008 BMW X3-Series 3.0si2008 BMW X3
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2009 Audi Q52009 Audi Q5
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2008 Acura RDX 4WD 4-door Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Acura RDX
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2008 Land Rover LR2 AWD 4-door SE Angular Front Exterior View2008 Land Rover LR2
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Quick Specs
The 2008 BMW X3 gets much-needed improvements to its ride and its interior, but it's still more rugged--though not as refined--as the Acura RDX.
The 2009 Audi Q5 sports the sleek lines of a sweet German sedan, a date-worthy cabin, and good, hefty, but gimmicky handling.
The 2008 Acura RDX gets its edge from turbo power and crisp handling, but it can feel a little nervous and cramped.
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   
Gas Mileage   
18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Gas I6Gas V6Gas I4Inline 6
EPA Class   
4WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility VehicleSport Utility
Style Name   
AWD 4-Door 3.0siquattro 4-Door 3.2L Premium4WD 4-DoorAWD 4-Door SE
AWDAll wheel drive4 Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door4dr SUV4 Door4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Manual w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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