2012 BMW X3 vs. Its Competition

2012 BMW X3 AWD 4-door 28i Side Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

BMW's bred one of the most carlike crossovers, and the X3 has good passenger space, too.

All of its competition suffers in one way or the other: the Acura RDX feels tight on room, and its interior doesn't meet most other luxury crossovers head-on.

The Audi Q5's cabin does, but a stiff ride upsets its pleasant demeanor.

The Benz GLK is a great choice for steering and ride, and for acceleration, but its cargo space is smaller than the X3's--and the same is true for the Land Rover LR2.

Of all the luxury crossovers, the Volvo XC60 has one of the best combinations of on-road handling, space, and fit and finish--and it's rated tops for safety, too.

2012 BMW X3 AWD 4-door 28i Side Exterior View2012 BMW X3
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2012 Acura RDX AWD 4-door Tech Pkg Angular Front Exterior View2012 Acura RDX
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2012 Audi Q5 quattro 4-door 2.0T Premium Plus Angular Front Exterior View2012 Audi Q5
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2012 Land Rover LR22012 Land Rover LR2
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2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class RWD 4-door Side Exterior View2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class
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2011 Volvo XC60 FWD 4-door 3.2L Angular Front Exterior View2012 Volvo XC60
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Quick Specs
A great-looking crossover with its most carlike performance yet, the BMW X3 also has more interior room and better materials than before.
The 2012 Acura RDX satisfies those who want more driving excitement, but it might leave luxury- or tech-hungry shoppers wanting.
The 2012 Audi Q5 is one of the
More street-friendly than other Land Rover utes, the 2012 LR2 has some of the SUV hallmarks in a much more city-friendly size.
Rugged looks and lower gas mileage put the 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class in an SUV state of mind, but its ride and handling are more carlike than you'd think.
The 2012 Volvo XC60 is an attractive, well-designed family luxury vehicle, with a class-leading roster of innovative safety and tech features.
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Gas I6Turbocharged Gas I4Turbocharged Gas I4Gas I6Gas V6Gas I6
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AWD 4-Door 28iFWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 2.0T PremiumAWD 4-DoorRWD 4-Door GLK 350AWD 4-Door 3.2L
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll wheel driveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
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Sport Utility Vehicle4 DoorSport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle5 Door Wagon
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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