Road Test

Road Test: 2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i

The 3-litre straight six-cylinder twinturbo petrol engine is one of my favorites in the current BMW engine range. Luckily it is now available for the new X3 also. With BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, direct petrol injection and variable valve control it provides not just a a lot of power but is surprisingly fuel efficient also. The engine generates 306 hp which is available at 5800 rpm. With the help of the turbocharging, the engine provides a lot more torque than what we would get from a naturally aspirated engine. 400 Newton metre of torque is available on a wide engine range between 1200 and 5000 rpm. When you have a lot of torque available, it is possible to drive with surprisingly low revs. The average fuel consumption for xDrive35i in the EU test cycle is 8.8 litres/100 km and CO2 emission level is 204 grams per kilometre. On our test drive this also seemed quite realistic number, although low fuel consumption is probably not the main reason why you choose the xDrive35i. When giving it a bit more throttle, xDrive35i can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds, while the top speed is 245 km/h.

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