2010 BMW X3 vs. Its Competition

2010 BMW X3-Series AWD 4-door 30i Side Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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 seeking 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.

Those who place handling and style on equal footing should also check out the Infiniti EX35, which gives up visibility and rear cargo room for sweeter handling and steering.

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; TheCarConnection.com's editors also think that the RDX has the best handling of the car-based luxury crossovers.

However, the highest-rated luxury crossover is the new Cadillac SRX, which mates a responsive drivetrain to an elegant exterior and interior style.

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Quick Specs
The 2010 BMW X3 beats other luxury crossovers in handling and gutsy performance, but it's still less satisfying than BMW's own 3-Series wagon.
The 2010 Acura RDX keeps its energetic personality intact-along with its slightly nervous feel-and gets a more fuel-frugal front-drive edition that's worth considering on price and gas mileage.
The 2010 Audi Q5 tops TheCarConnection.com's ratings, thanks to sleek lines and a weekend-worthy cabin-though the gimmicky handling features would be better left behind.
The boldly styled 2010 Cadillac SRX is richly appointed, with more enthusiast appeal than other crossovers.
The 2010 Land Rover LR2 has the hallmarks of SUV styling, with a much more street-friendly driving feel than other big Rover utes.
The 2010 Volvo XC60 brings unexpected style and a heavy dose of safety technology to families with all-weather needs.
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