There is no secret that many of us here at BMWBLOG love the new BMW X3. Ever since its introduction, we have been huge advocates of BMW’s midsize premium SAV and we tested all the initial models, the inline-six 28i, as well as the high-end turbocharged 300 horsepower model.
In 2011, BMW announced that will replace the inline-six in the 28i model with the new N20 2.0 liter turbocharged unit that delivers similar power with less fuel consumption. The 2013 xDrive28i returns 28 mpg highway/21 city and an EPA combined rating of 24 mpg compared with 19/26/21 from the xDrive35i.
The revamped xDrive28i went on sale this year and it’s on our test drive list.
As it often happens, the choice between two engines comes at the purchase times, and one question we often hear from our readers is: which one gives me the best value for my money without sacrificing performance? Is the $5,000 more xDrive35i a better buy?
InsideLine takes the two vehicles to a race track and compares them from a handling and performance perspective.
|2012 BMW X3 xDrive 35i||2013 BMW X3 xDrive 28i|
|0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec.):||5.5||6.5|
|1/4-mile (sec @ mph):||14.1 @ 97.0||15.0 @ 90.8|
|Skid Pad Lateral Accel (g):||0.80||0.83|