There’s heaps about the BMW X3 that’s just right. Not too much, not too little. Finely set between various extremes. Perfect, even, in the sense of the proverbial bowl of porridge Goldilocks shoveled into her face before being munched by a family of murderous grizzlies.
The size, for instance. It’s just right. The X3 is set nicely between big-ute and small-ute. It’s not as empty as an X5 with just one person on board, but it’s bigger and more accommodating than something the size of an X1. It’s comfortably big enough for two adult couples and their things without feeling snug.
Entry and exit are also just right. Door openings are sized adequately, but moreover, getting in and out of the X3 is handled, by most, without a climb up or drop down, and more of a lateral sideways shift of one’s posterior regions into the seat. So, that feels just right, too.
You’ll probably also find the interior to be just right. It’s not glitzy and glamorous and lined with gawdy chrome. It’s not overly high-tech and complicated-looking and full of in-your-face display arrays and interfaces and control clutter. But it’s not boring and simple and sleepy-looking either: it’s a just-right blend of formal luxury and high-tech, working towards an atmosphere conducive to relaxation and socializing on the open road, with all your connected-driving stuff close at hand, but not in your face.
Of course, none of these are traits exclusively offered by the X3. BMW is but one player, and the X3 is but one drop in a sea of premium crossovers competing for the hard-earned bucks of Canadian shoppers. The models that play here are all, in many ways, the same: they’re all all-wheel drive. They all have the latest outward-looking safety and hazard detection systems. They’re all nameless, and identified by a short code of letters and / or numbers.