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I am back from a “vacation” of sorts; to be honest, it was less of a vacation and more of a huge amount of work. My advice to those looking to move, is don’t do it! Anyway, on to this week’s vehicle, the redesigned 2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i. BMW’s smallish SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle), the X3 fits right between the larger X5 and the even newer, smaller X1.

My tester is powered by a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine. Good thing I checked the specifications on this one, as I had assumed at first it was a 3.5-litre based on the model designation; for a moment I had forgotten that BMW was up to its odd naming tricks again.

Day by Day Review: 2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i auto articles daily car reviews bmw
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Starting with a base price of $46,900, the X3 xDrive35i offers a balanced level of luxury and style for the category without being overly expensive. Add some options, though, and the price can climb dramatically.

My tester is equipped with the Premium Package, which adds $4,000 and includes the Panorama Sunroof, auto dimming mirrors both exterior and interior, park distance control and an automatic trunk. Also added on is the technology package that includes navigation, teleservices and Bluetooth for an additional $2,200. Add in the Executive package for another $2,300 and you get a very slick rear view camera system, lumbar support, universal remote control, lighting package, SIRIUS satellite radio and a hifi sound system.

My tester rounds out the options list with a few stand alone extras for an as-tested price just over $56,000.

2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $56,700

For more information on BMW and the X3 visit BMW Canada




About James Bergeron

James Bergeron is an Ottawa-based automotive journalist. He is also a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).