If you didn’t already know, we’re big fans of the new BMW X3. Personally, I think the BMW X3 M40i is the most enjoyable current BMW to drive and that includes M cars like the famous M2. Crazy, I know but don’t knock it until you try it. The X3 has some of the best steering we’ve ever felt in a modern BMW and it feels like the good ole days. As absurd as it sounds, it’s true. But we aren’t the only ones that feel that way. Car and Driver recently proclaimed the very same thing and now even the ultra-critical Consumer Reports is singing the praises of the new BMW X3.

The very first paragraph of CR’s review reads as follows: “The new X3 picks up where the outgoing version left off, keeping its title as the best-driving compact SUV. But the redesigned model ratchets up the comfort and luxury factors thanks to a more pampering cabin and reduced noise.” And that’s the main attractive of the X3, it’s blend of superb driving dynamics and surprising luxury. It’s the best combination of performance and comfort we’ve seen in an SUV in a very long time. That also goes for both model variants, the X3 xDrive30i and the M40i. Both of which are the best combination of traits in their respective segments.

Both powertrains are also excellent. The BMW X3 xDrive30i gets a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 248 hp. It’s smooth, punchy and efficient. It’s also more than enough motor for the majority of customers. “The BMW’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers ample power that’s polished and nearly immediate when you hit the accelerator. Yet at 24 mpg overall, the X3 is among the most economical compact luxury SUVs.” said CR.

If you want performance, though, step up to the X3 M40i, which boasts a 3.0 liter turbocharged I6 engine that makes 355 hp and is genuinely fast. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive. We obviously prefer the M40i variant but any BMW X3 is great. We’re huge fans of how well-rounded it is while also delivering some of that old-school BMW feel we’ve been missing for so long. But don’t just take our word for it, others are saying it, too.

[Source: Consumer Reports]