2017 BMW X3 xDrive281i is AWESOME!
Let me first say that I've had this car less than 2 weeks, so I can't really speak to reliability & things of that nature. I wasn't ready to buy this car outright, never having had a BMW before, so got into a 3 yr lease. This BMW will definitely not be my last. The technology in this car is amazing. I mean, Jetsons amazing. I got the NAV, Appleplay, heated front seats, moonroof & driver's assistance. The heated front seats are my favorite since I really don't like hot air blowing in my face & these keep you toasty warm with 3 different settings. I can't imagine ever needing the warmest setting! If I had to skip something, I think it would be the NAV, since GoogleMaps on my iPhone can do basically the same thing, but it is nice having the navigation on & the radio or a CD or my iTunes playing at the same time as the navigation is talking me through turns in the background. (Apparently the NAV can give you real time traffic info too, but I haven't turned that feature on yet since I'm in a low traffic area & not in a big rush.) That said, there is a definite learning curve to all this amazing technology if you are a first time BMW owner. I figure I'll get it all figured out in a year or so! There are so many options that can be personalized, apparently even the amount & width of lumbar support in the driver's seat(!) The seats are comfortable as is, so again, I haven't taken the time to figure that one out. I would recommend watching the BMW videos on the various features if you get this car. They'll give you the basics. The owner's manual is pretty much useless. A good flow diagram of the various systems would do wonders, but I haven't been able to turn one up as of yet. The ride is smooth & extremely quiet unless you have the heat fan blasting. This is also my first automatic car, so I'm getting used to that as well. My manual transmission vehicles have all seemed much quicker from a stop, but I was a fairly aggressive manual transmission driver & am not nailing the accelerator pedal in this car by any means. All in all, I can see why one pays a premium for a vehicle like this. It is worth it. I also test drove a Honda all wheel drive Touring CRV (their top of the line) & there is absolutely no comparison.
I would recommend this vehicle to a friend: YES