Car and Driver Comparo: 2013 BMW X3 xDrive28i vs. 2013 Audi Q5 2.0T, 2013 Range Rover Evoque
The thing is, that’s really the only thing that drives us nuts about the X3 with the 2.0T. Like the comparo-winning with which it shares its “TwinPower Turbo” engine, the X3 wins here because of its broad portfolio of talents. It is neither as staid as the Audi nor as juvenile as the Range Rover. Do not take this to mean that the second-generation X3 is a middle-ground Milquetoast. It doesn’t slalom as quickly as the Evoque, but it is ultimately the most rewarding to drive. We witnessed this on our evaluation loop, where the BMW’s suspension, steering, and throttle responded in the most predictable and progressive fashion.The X3 delivers a controlled and comfortable ride that gives it the feel of a well-tuned premium . It feels, in short, like a 328i. It’s just as quiet inside as the Q5, and the noises that do penetrate the cabin are more pleasant, including a nicely judged engine/exhaust trill.The BMW’s engine is the best of the bunch, too. It produces as much horsepower as the Evoque and more (delivered at a lower engine speed) than the others. The X3 is the quickest to 60 mph at 6.2 seconds and is the only one of these three that can break 15.0 seconds through the quarter-mile. This is true even though, at 4194 pounds, it’s a bit heavier than the Audi and the Rover. Over 300 miles, the BMW also managed 23 mpg, 1 mpg better than the Evoque and 1 less than the Audi.