2005 BMW X3

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2005 BMW X3 Review

Great performance with a less than perfect cabin and high price tag.

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Overview

The 2005 BMW X3 is a compact SUV with plenty of features. This SUV is equipped with either a 2.5- or a three-liter, six-cylinder engine that offers all of the precision and power BMW is famous for in its engines. Coupled with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, these drivetrains are pretty impressive. The cabin is well designed with lots of standard features as well. Alloy and leather accents are used throughout the cabin and seating is roomy and comfortable. Overall, the 2005 X3 is a good choice for anyone looking for good steering, a nice interior, and the rugged nature of a SUV.

The Range

Body Styles: compact SUV
Engines: 2.5-liter six-cylinder, 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: six-speed manual, six-speed automatic
Models: BMW X3 2.5i, BMW X3 3.0i

What's New

There are no significant changes to report for the 2005 BMW X3.

Exterior

The 2005 BMW X3 has plenty of solid good looks to recommend it and is thought to be one of the most sedan-like compact SUVs on the market. Some BMW fans and auto industry leaders feel the X3 isn’t as dynamic as it could be in the looks department. It does have a basic look. However, the X3 features a slightly rounded body with distinctive headlights and grille. The front end of the SUV shows off the sloping hood with modern lines and the BMW logo just above the grille. The automobile company offers this vehicle in several colors including Alpine White, Mystic Blue Metallic, and Highland Green Metallic, to name just a few.

Interior

In the first generation of the X3, in which the 2005 model is included, the quality of the materials inside came into question. Some felt BMW could have used higher quality materials. As it is, the cabin of the X3 still has some important things going for it. For a compact SUV, there is a lot of interior room in the cabin and most people, regardless of height, should fit reasonably well in the X3. The front bucket seats are vinyl in the 2.5i model and are height adjustable for the driver and the passenger. In the back, the split folding seats have a center armrest with storage. Additionally, the X3 is equipped with plenty of power accessories. The door locks, windows, and mirrors can be controlled easily from the cabin. Cup holders are placed in the front and rear of the vehicle for convenience. Passengers will also find storage in the front and rear door pockets. BMW did try to make the X3 feel comfortable and elegant. It features alloy trim on the doors and center console. Leather accents the shift knob as well. The audio system is pretty impressive for this class of vehicle, too. It offers 10 speakers throughout the cabin and two subwoofers. The system is in dash and along with its radio functions is a single CD player.

Performance & Handling

BMW has always been known for producing vehicles that perform well. The 2005 X3 is no exception. This SUV is considered to be one of the most fun vehicles in its class to drive. It has impressive precision steering sure to please any demanding driver. With either the 2.5-liter or three-liter six-cylinder engine, drivers can expect plenty of power. The 2.5i generates 184 hp, while the slightly larger 3.0i is capable of 225 hp. These motors are offered with the standard six-speed manual but can be found with the optional six-speed automatic transmission as well. The biggest complaint about this SUV is the ride can be rather rough.

Safety

The 2005 BMW X3 has plenty to offer in the way of safety features as well. This model is equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes and front and rear ventilated disc brakes. Front and rear head airbags as well as dual front side mounted airbags are standard equipment on the X3. Stability and traction control were added for additional safety. A tire pressure monitoring system is included as well.

EPA Fuel Economy

BMW X3 2.5-liter six-cylinder: 15/22 mpg city/highway
BMW X3 three-liter six-cylinder: 15/23 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Impressive build quality
  • Comfortable interior
  • State of the art engine
  • Precision steering

You Won't Like

  • Lacking in cargo space
  • Some low quality materials in the cabin
  • High cost for a compact SUV
  • Very stiff ride with the Sport package

Sum Up

Great performance with a less than perfect cabin and high price tag.

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