it is a bit strange i do have to say, i think the old X3 was worse but the 1 is ehh different, i think there is a place for it in the hearts of the few that want and love the 1, but you really cant compare the 3 serries to the 1.
I mean the 3 will be arround for as long as BMW will be, the revenue generated by the 3 pays most of BMW's bills for motorsport and everything else so they have to get it right.
i think the 1 is an experiment but hasnt really fit its nitch yet. all i know that in Orange county i maybe see 1 or 2 a month. so that might go along with yahoo's beliefs, because here, you are what you drive.