The driving dynamics of the BMW X3.

As a Sports Activity Vehicle, the BMW X3 is a master of flexibility. The basic chassis proves to be agile in the city and on tight bends, comfortable and safe on the most challenging road surfaces, yet directionally stable and reliable even at high speeds. BMW xDrive, the intelligent four-wheel drive, ensures the best possible traction in all weather conditions. Adding options such as Dynamic Damper Control allows you to further adapt the chassis of the BMW X3 to your preferences.

Dynamic Damper Control.

The Dynamic Damper Control makes it possible to adjust the damper characteristics to suit any given driving situation, improving comfort and driving dynamics. In addition to the standard Comfort setting, which minimises bumps and other unpleasant vehicle movements, there are two other programs available: the Sport and Sport+ modes. In these modes, the dampers are automatically tightened to allow for a sportier driving style.

BMW xDrive.

The intelligent BMW xDrive four-wheel drive system adapts perfectly to even the most challenging road surface conditions, ensuring outstanding traction at all times. With xDrive and Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), the vehicle remains directionally stable and on track. Split second response times allow xDrive to distribute drive power flexibly between the two axles for optimum grip. In this way, xDrive combines the advantages of four-wheel drive – traction, directional stability and safety – with classic BMW agility.
  • xDrive Status provides the driver with a clear picture even in challenging situations. When traversing rough terrain, the driver has access to information relevant to off-road driving, both on the instrument panel and in the central Control Display. In addition to an easily readable compass for orientation (only in conjunction with Navigation System), the longitude and transverse slope of the vehicle is shown, along with the current steering lock angle. These are not only shown numerically, but also with a graphic 3D display of the car itself.

BMW Performance Control.

BMW Performance Control distributes engine and braking control to the individual wheels when turning. Because the outer wheels have to move a longer distance than the inner wheels when turning, the BMW Performance Control intervenes through engine output and controlled braking. The outer wheels get more power while the inner wheels get less, maximising traction on each of the wheels. This means that the vehicle practically turns itself, increasing driving safety and comfort.

Variable Sport Steering.

Variable Sport Steering with Servotronic enables a direct and agile driving style with less physical effort when steering. It reacts to the angle of the steering wheel independently from the current speed with various steering ratios. This reduces the steering movement required when steering at particularly large angles. This significantly increases agility and improves handling in sharp turns, along narrow roads or when making sudden swerves. It also increases comfort when parking, turning and manoeuvring. For small steering angles, the system provides excellent directional stability and a very high degree of steering precision.

Drive Performance Control.

Drive Performance Control lets the driver choose between the Comfort mode, for standard engine and transmission settings, the ECO PRO mode, geared towards efficiency, and the Sport mode, which enables even more dynamic driving. The fuel-efficient ECO PRO mode intelligently adjusts the characteristics of the accelerator pedal and transmission, as well as the heating/air conditioning settings.
The ECO PRO mode reduces fuel consumption by up to 20 percent. The Route-Ahead Assist and ECO PRO Route (only available with Professional Navigation System) further help to conserve fuel. The Route-Ahead Assist uses the navigation system to assess local road conditions and give tips in advance. If there is a speed limit change around the next curve, the system advises the driver to slow down before turning.
ECO PRO Route also helps to ensure efficient use of fuel. It suggests an efficiency-optimised route that takes into account the volume of traffic, individual driving style and local conditions.