The folks over at the CarAdvice test drive and compare the BMW X3 xDrive28i and Lexus NX200t Sports Luxury. Both cars have 2.0 liter engines, 8-Speed autos, all-wheel drive, and leatherette as standard.
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 X3 xDrive28i returns 28 mpg highway/21 city and an EPA combined rating of 24 mpg compared with 19/26/21 from the xDrive35i.
BMW’s brilliant 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo gasoline engine produces 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The NX200t makes 235 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. EPA city/highway driving is rated at 21-35/28-31 mpg.
Here is an excerpt from their review:
Lightness aids agility, and while the Lexus is smaller in terms of dimensions – spanning just 4.63 metres long, 1.87m wide and 1.63m tall – its kerb weight is 1860 kilograms. The BMW is bigger in all directions – 4.64m long, 1.88m wide and 1.67m tall – yet it tips the scales at 1740kg.
It’s no surprise, then, that the BMW feels notably more nimble through corners. It changes direction with more ease than the Lexus, and the steering is quicker to respond when turning in to corners. It carves up twists and turns, and there’s plenty of grip at the front end so when you pick a line, you can stick with it through a corner.
Both myself and fellow tester Trent Nikolic found the BMW to feel more like a sports wagon than an SUV in terms of its road manners, and there’s no doubt the 19-inch wheels with 40-profile tyres and the stiffer M Sport suspension fitted as part of the M Sport pack helps in that regard.