Originally Posted by Imola.ZHP
The current x3 is within an inch in every dimension of the original x5, yes, and I would gather that its not much smaller than the current x5 (which I am sure grew from the original x5)... But keep in mind that an all new x5 is on the way and it looks even bigger than the current x5. Perhaps its size will make more sense when the new x5 arrives.
I didn't realize they were not selling well, is there a place you can reference this information? I might be intrigued to low-ball a dealer on one... As for the ride, all BMW's ride rough, this is probably because every road in the US is beyond $h***y. As for the interior, I think it looks fantastic, it looks the same as any other BMW right now... This is the first poor review I've read on the x3, can you point me to others? When the SAV was release, it was praised in reviews as being much better than the outgoing SAV...
Have you driven an x1 yet? I felt like it was REALLY cheap inside, but the x3 has a better feel to it than the x1 in my opinion...
I did not say the X3 was not selling well. I said it was a really bad buy at $40k-50k when you can get a better car for $10K less (RAV4/CRV etc). You get better interior plastic materials, better ride quality and way better value for money and resale value in those cars compared to the X3. The X3 is pretty much a cheap excuse of a car with a BMW badge slapped on it. And people buy it because it is a small CUV with a BMW badge on it.
As for appearance... that is subjective but I think the X3 looks terrible in any trim you put on it. You can't hide bad styling and cheap hard interior plastics behind a body kit and big wheels. As Top Gear says the X3 is "About as cool as the Argyle sweater your colour-blind auntie bought you, worn in the height of summer while working in a bakery. In Uganda."
As for poor reviews:
Top Gear Magazine
Car and Driver: