The 2018 BMW X3 M40i Has The Soul of a Sports Car, and is More Like BMW Used To Be. Review and Drive

The 2018 BMW X3 M40i Has The Soul of a Sports Car, and is More Like BMW Used To Be. Review and Drive

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good morning this is bill from auto house of naples on another muggy and miserable florida thursday they're just not getting any better and they're not going to get any better for a while uh horrible humidity insects mist in the air just dreadful dreadful stuff that's going to stick with us for a while a little bit of good news i haven't seen any birds this morning i haven't even heard one they're probably sick to death of it all and they've flown off to better places with less humidity and
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more cheerful surroundings who knows either way happy to not have any coming at me and today i've got this bmw um all right so this is a 2018 bmw x3 m40i that's a little bit of a mouthful and i have to say that bmw nomenclature and the nomenclature of the german cars in general is just getting kind of ridiculous i mean if you're going to have this many numbers and letters in succession you might as well go back to names and have this called like the
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elegante or the sport of taurus or something that you know it can give you the badges you need in the back i mean having six or seven letters in a numeric alphanumeric designation just seems like a bit much but that's what they do anyway this is the third generation x3 this one did come out in 2018 so this one's pretty fresh the bmw very moderate and conservative with their x3 updating frankly when i look at it it doesn't look a whole lot different from the
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prior two generation the grills are a little bigger and there's some other stuff but uh you know the update has been very conservative for them it's the g1 chassis number uh followed the f something and uh is part of that whole cars bmw design platform uh that i think the five and the seven share the same uh basic uh subframe you know all this aluminum bonded stuff you know all very nice and a very dynamic platform that gives bmw a lot of
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different options in terms of engines and setups it works pretty well for them uh this one what can i say about it i mean you know again i'm not big into modern cars i'm not big into suvs and i'm not big into bmw so it's got three strikes going against it right from the beginning uh but i have to say that this vehicle won me over a little bit uh driving it around it felt you know it felt like old bmw to me and i don't mean like an old tired sad bmw like you see running
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around the streets of miami god you see some boxes there but uh what i mean is what you know when you got in a bmw of 40 30 20 years ago you'd sit in the driver's seat everything was angled towards the driver everything felt nice it fit like a glove it just had this feeling of being a driver's machine you felt a true connection with the vehicle that you were driving at a certain point bmw seemed to drift away from that you became more detached you became more
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outside the car experience and this thing i have to say in driving it for a couple of days has uh more reminisce towards the towards the bmw's of old it has a fantastic engine it's a b-58 engine it also comes in the new toyota supra by the way which seems a bit strange to me you think toyota could have developed their own damn engine uh it's a closed deck engine with a twin twin scroll and we'll get into it in a minute anyway the styling is quite nice uh this one being an m performance model
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it's got all kinds of darth vader helmet stuff with flares and scoops and uh different little bits and pieces that make it look angry and aggressive and cruel frankly uh you know i feel like this car would have been a prison guard of some type that just brutalized the inmates but uh or maybe the prison guards kid but anyway it looks nice and uh all very proper with the m package uh you also get these nice big alloys m sport alloys you've got some kind of blue calipers in the background
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i think they're like 13.7 inch desks here maybe bigger but man they do stop the car very nice and the m sport stuff does add quite a bit of performance to the package as well as price of course but uh you know very very sinister looking thing with the shadowline trim and you got these black twice pipes at the back there's your m badge with all the x3 m40i stuff you got a tiny little wiper in the back you got a rear uh spoiler mounted at the top of the uh
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lift gate and you know it's a good looking piece but we'll just get into it there's our bavarian flag on the bmw logo you know basically you're either a mercedes guy or a bmw guy which holds true in a lot of k you know you're saab or volvo you're a forder chevy uh your citruan or pujo you know you just have these things going that make a difference you pick one or the other and you go with it uh democrat or republican and we'll get into that uh here you can see it's got the all-weather mats back here plenty of
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room you know it is an suv of sorts so i think it better have some room you'll be able to fit all kinds of toddlers back here and you've got your infant retainment net although it's going to be a pretty small infant uh you may have to use these little bungee tie downs to strap them down but they're useful you push a little button slide them around and you can tie your cargo down underneath this this is a pretty convenient place to put stuff i've got donuts for the guys i've got my coronavirus whiskey
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and of course my bag of crap and this would be a fantastic place to put all variety of weapons you know your colt pythons your h k uh you know little mini submachine guns all kinds of stuff is gonna fit in there just fine uh even got room for some num chucks or a you know kind of a short samurai sword or something so if you need to become a you know force of nature you can have everything you need to do that right under this little panel here also not a bad place to hide crap from the state troopers
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it does have manual releases for the rear seats here so if you pull these uh those rear seats will pop forward uh it also does of course have a cargo cover so you know if you're afraid the kids are going to be yelling and screaming bouncing up and down you pull that thing out and it'll put a lid on them all very nice stuff and of course all luxury cars now have to run the trunk or the deck lid for you which this one does here's something a little bit weird that bmw started doing
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uh instead of having a safety latch under the hood uh you have to pull the interior release and beeps at you twice and that releases the safety latch i mean if you're not familiar with that good luck opening the hood on one of these but anyway there it is the the b58 the twin scroll uh turbocharger what that does essentially is instead of just taking uh exhaust from all of the different cylinders at once it tunes them so it injects the turbo
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in random sequence that makes it more instantly boostable and more efficient so it's a great turbo nicely takes the place of a dual turbo system uh you know it's very advanced again the closed deck which means that the pistons aren't just stand alone they're very uh well protected and secured up at the top near the head which means you can heavily boost these engines if you want to it's expensive that's the only drawback and does make an engine that lasts a long time and is
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very stable it also has bmw's double vanos double top secret probation which is essentially just a modern version of the vvt technology that adjusts the valves to be at peak efficiency whether it item or redline so you know typical bmw stuff but i have to say that even with all the technology uh they have made this a terrific engine and when it's in sport mode it just farts and pops and bounces around this was also in the m240i which is a
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great car for car guys you know that's as close as you're gonna get to a modern e30 m3 uh pretty neat piece and of course the supra so uh you know i have to say that in this class of micro suv it's not even micro it's kind of a mid small suv i mean you've got the x1 the x3 the x5 the x7 so i guess this is towards the center whatever doesn't matter but it's it's a terrific engine maybe the best engine in class it turns in certainly the fastest time
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in its class with the exception of the mccann gts which beats it by a tenth of a second uh otherwise this thing is quicker than the audi uh or the mercedes amg that it competes with uh significantly despite maybe having a little less power uh bmw just does it that well so kudos to the guys on that one uh it's connected to what people love this eight-speed zf automatic that again you know you can treat like a dct downshift pop and this that the other maybe it has a dct for all i know dual clutch uh either way it's a great
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little transmission uh despite my opinion that it has too many forward gears i'd rather have like a power glide give me a two speed automatic and i'm happier i don't need eight friggin speeds anyway it's all very nice and proper under there i have to say i used to complain about our detailer i see we have some leaves under the hood of this one uh i you know maybe he wanted you know what he was bad but maybe not as bad so anyway we'll see
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yeah that didn't work i don't really understand that i think the hood should close a little bit better in this thing you shouldn't have to give it too much thought but you know that's the problem with the really light hood it's probably aluminum with double big latches and there we go anyway all right back seats all very nice leather lovely like the blue piping the blue stitching on it uh you know i looked it up in the way it has some sort of italian name the leather who gives a crap kavacha or something it's nice leather
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and i like the way they've stitched it together you got these little headrests you've got a center console you can pop out that gives you a couple of cup holders but absolutely zero gun storage so uh forget about being a head of a crime syndicate and riding in the back of this thing unless you want to tuck your weapon into these nets here you're kind of out of muck it's just not elegant i mean you could do it you could stick all kinds of guns and nets and pockets and things here but yeah you know it just doesn't look very elegant to do so so probably gonna have to keep with the
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asses or the big audis or something but anyway everything very lovely and proper in the back seat uh the mirrors fold in when you lock it this has comfort access so i can lock it by kind of pinching the door handle there you see the mirrors fold in it'll open up if i just put my hand on it and give it a tug front seats these are the sport seats which i don't even think are standard in this m performance model i think you got to opt for them but could be wrong either way very supportive very nice very
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uh you know sports car ish without being too uh hard on the spine they're they're just lovely lovely seats there's like two or three different finishes you can have for the trim this one has some sort of illuminae crosshatch look and stuff you can see the little mood lighting that goes around it uh you know again all very lovely nice fit and finish you know the x3 essentially an entry level suv of sorts although this one's in the mid to high 60 grand range i don't know how entry level that is anymore
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but uh either way they've really upped the luxury and the feel of the fit and finish in these things there you see a nice big m40i uh badge as you get in to remind you that you spend extra money and have a bigger payment than you might have before also a pano roof in this thing so uh has a big shade cover you can pull closed and then you can open that thing if you need it and that will certainly let in the sun as you're driving around it's welcoming me i'm driver one bmw
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driver one i imagine that's customizable so i could say my name i won't get into oh god i gotta be careful what i say all right so foot on the brake i'm gonna tap this guy it's gonna fire it on life with a little growl it really gives you a nice little growl of this car beeps at you because i don't have my seatbelt on they give you this i feel like bmw could have made these keys smaller and i give that criticism to just about every company now the keys are enormous you slide this plastic looking thing
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forward it's got a little slot there where you can stick it and then close it again all very nice stuff let me see belt on and then we'll go through some of this technology crap again this is usually the kind of stuff that i don't like in cars all the uh heavy duty you know snowflake tech crap but i have to admit i've kind of enjoyed it in this car uh here you see a customizable uh digital smash analog instrument cluster a little bit busy but i think again the
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youngsters are going to like it you've got automatic headlights over there fog lights parking lights you've got a heads up display there you can see that gives you different bits of information it's customizable you've got this 12.3 inch screen that goes through all the different bmw apps when we get on here media radio i think we can go right back into my apple carplay which is nice you can so there's all my crap what do we got tom white's great guy
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independently creepy sometimes you know well whatever and if you like tom waits you like tom wade so it gives you apple carplay bmw has come down very strongly on the side of apple uh they don't offer an android car play in this thing which is kind of fascinating so uh you know i've there's something about phones brings out the worst in people and frankly i blame android people more you know i've had an iphone for years because frankly it doesn't matter it's what the the phone company basically gave me
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and somebody who has some modern new android phone will come up to me or google phone say oh that that apple phone's a piece of you know you need to get this super galaxy 512 40e and uh you know nobody who cares it's just this talking machine that sits in your pocket and you use it to call people up unless they're snowflakes then you have to text them but uh you know i can't imagine why people uh get so angry and into the phone thing but anyway apple seems to have come down on the side of or sorry bmw's come down
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on the side of apple uh but this is uh you know using this idrive thing that's been updated since the days that confused old people it's become a lot easier and you can get into your different stuff so you've got your media satellite radios music uh you know all that kind of crap that nobody cares about uh connect a drive that apparently will give you the weather let's see if we get the news what's going on with the news today apparently it's a bad idea to store fertilizer in beirut that's some of the
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news that i've heard about category top news trump is bad hookers for jesus i love it i love it you know if trump is going to fund anything i think it should be hookers for jesus absolutely uh beirut reels biden says trump's china deal biden you know who that how even knows anyone never mind joe bide you've got to be kidding me what the did they dig that guy out of uh but anyway there's all our news
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and what have you weather makes more sense to me uh it's gonna come up and say hot uh when you see 89 rubbish that's like 99 this is 101. uh the humidity just amplifies all of that crap anyway back to card playing let's just go on there's your navigation you know how that works here's your uh communication this is your you know whatever there's my iphone you get into my vehicle uh you can change your i drive settings your driver pro this is
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probably where we can name it so uh if i wanted to be dekatron that's how i could name it i'm sure and uh whatever technology and action driving information whatever all right let's go over to notifications this is where you would get in all your tick tocks and instagrams and let's see we got bmw assist personalized menu i found this earlier i'd like to find it again if i can navigate connect to drive let's see if it's your news yeah wiki local yelp flickr park now
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bmw info tick tock instagram all the crap snowflakes need to keep themselves happy all very fancy stuff you also get a pretty snazzy camera so let's see that here so there we go we've got a top view we've got a a back view you can spin your thing around here to get different uh look at this i'm looking at myself if i could actually see myself in the thing i'd give myself the finger you can spin around the camera and see i mean i don't know who would have time for this i mean it's a safety device
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and i'm gonna use it in such a way that makes me crash i promise i mean i could just play with that for a while and it's absolutely meaningless to me i'm sure some people like it if i press this thing with the green around it i could get into the configuring with the intelligent safety so let's see what i can all on i'm just going to do online what does that do configure individual it gives you a pedestrian warning remember that was that look at that kid coming out with the soccer ball you're going to mow him down moan somebody said in the comment section how many animals have you run
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over killed today i mean look i'm not a big fan of wildlife okay obviously i love dogs i have two of them but i'm not going around killing animals for god's sake i may mean wounding fine maybe but i'm not going to kill the damn things anyway what else do we got here that was the safety stuff you know your blind spots your main assists all that crap you've got direct access buttons which kind of make it easier you've also got a great little voice command here which works well i have to say so let's see i press
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it navigation navigation look at that all right don't press it again here let's see what else we get heads up display head up display look at that continue using manual control i will continue using that thank you a very intelligent voice activated system somehow cloud cloud-based and apparently you can speak to it in english so let's try this one hold on please shout at the devil by motley crew
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let's rock out what music would you like to hear oh yeah great okay very helpful there um you know bmw i bet i can do that with um i bet i can do that with carplay hang on i have alexa in my uh uh oh where the hell am i going here i have a max in my pickup truck which works for what do you and me we're doing with alice cooper there we go nice little goof song uh but anyway there it is so you got all this stuff which it's gonna take you time to learn and play with but it is great fun
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in its own stupid way even if it distracts you to the point of crashing into somebody uh you've got a nice little rear view mirror i've noticed lately that car companies are sort of spacing it out so we've gone back to the 50s where there's no frames around the mirror you got all this piano black trim here's your piano roof that you can open all very nice stuff close that again very quickly when we get the air going uh you got your front and rear seats you got a big m power logo in front of the thing where you get your cup holders and all that
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uh and i'm not a giant fan of this shifter bmw loves their hyper electronic starship enterprise looking shifters you have to pinch the side to move it reverse being forward seems a little bit strange uh drive being backward man that's fine you go over to the left you start to get into manual or sport mode uh i press this we're in what sport plus you got the car running at you look at the way i'll go back to eco pro but here's how it changes the instrument cluster so i go into sport
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which also by the way changes the uh tone of the exhaust note and sort of starts that popping and farting when you're downshifting so i love leaving it in sport that's probably what i would do you see auto h that means auto hold that's that button there that's illuminated that means i can take my foot off the brake and it's still going to hold us here turn off the parking brake or now that's just part of it so anyway all very nifty stuff uh you've got your camera button here you've got your hill descent this is all-wheel drive you
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could turn off your traction control this will do a launch control if you want you can race the mustang gt next to you zero to 16 like four six or four eight or something very quick car uh and of course a little spot here to put some you could put a pretty good size gun in there so i guess this is good for the daughter of the uh crime syndicate guy she can keep her weapon handy all right so we're in uh and drive let's go for a spin i like the sort of
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and um alice down uh i like that sort of wonky looking hood with all the swoops and flares and you know it kind of makes you um i don't know feel like you're in something sporty uh now here's the part that i get into that i don't really like or at least i historically don't like uh this car has done what bmw it just feels like anathema to me the steering is electric and sort of steer by wire it actually has park assist by the way so if you're parallel parking you do a couple little routines and the thing
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will turn the wheel for you and park for you and of course to have that kind of technology it means that you know the days of when your steering directly move the front wheel without any assist from anything are over i mean this thing is all just simulated i feel the steering wheel tightened up in my which is weird um you know it's it's just so well here we go okay so that makes me giggle and that's
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pretty good uh you know that is the saving grace of this car for me is it's fast as i mean uh you get all this great sound out of that 355 horse engine uh the exhaust is just popping and see if i slow down if it pops on me yeah you hear downshift and gurgling and bourbon uh all very cool stuff uh the heads-up display displaying you know very fast increments towards 60 and quarter mile
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you know okay thank you bmw you've taken a pedestrian little suv and you've given it a drivetrain that makes me giggle and uh that's good and i think these oh god these aren't the kids who have that giant mini pig now they're not i we're all friendly and happy here yeah love children so happy populating the world with your little spawn anyway um so there it is i mean it's it's sort of a non-descriptive suv that i'm not inclined to like but they put a
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drivetrain in it that makes me gig i'm like a schoolgirl it's fantastic and i have thoroughly enjoyed uh you know driving it around for that reason uh the downshifting i always leave it in sport mode i'll say that for sure let's make sure we're in it again i turn trash control off but there's no point i gotta go where there's some kind of curves i'm sure it handles very well and all that stuff but all right hammer
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awesome i mean it just gives you the boost and the torque straight off the bed flies down the road the steering yeah you know i can tell it's artificial they've done a nice job of mimicking whatever you might want but in sport mode it's heavy uh it reduces the steering unlocked and locked by like 25 so you know you get greater input from smaller moves but you know you can just tell it's artificial you really can there's just never going to be a
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substitute for having true connected steering i'm sure brakes are by wire and everything else is just by wire don't care how good they get at it you know you're gonna need picasso to make it feel like uh you know the old days in a an old spitfire or something where you're directly connected to the wheels it breaks but it's good enough and i'm sure it's exactly what most of the market for this car wants anyway i mean they didn't get raised on very analog cars you know the the more digital the better for
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for most of the purple here snowflake types and and maybe some of the middle-aged guys too uh you enter your blind spots your lane assists and yeah whatever all that crap that people like and uh all in all it's a have to say it's a pretty good driving experience much better than i thought when i first laid eyes on it so uh there it is 2018 bmw m40i uh this one again facilitated by otta house in naples it's an autohouse in naples car it's for sale on the lot
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if you go to autohousenaples.com we should have it listed by later today you know beautiful piece one owner low miles no stories uh sapphire black brilliant black whatever they call it lots of option packages on it and uh it's uh you know if you want one of these things that's the one you want so thank you very much for having a look we appreciate it we'll see you with the next one take care all right we're going to try this active parking assist thing we've got this old toyota fj and peter's insane hagman
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tracked vehicle so to do this we're in drive i'm going to press this p button which i think is going to give us active parking assist and we're going to look for it oh please stop the vehicle all right to park activate turn signal please erect uh what do we want perpendicular paramount we're gonna go with paramount all right i remain personally responsible i guess so okay i'm good hold down the parking
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button hands off the steering wheel all right so i'm gonna keep that pressed i've got my foot off the brake i'm not touching the wheel and it's really creeping me the hell out by turning itself but the world's loudest and it's close wow god there's a ballsy parking feature so there it is now it's turning it again knight rider style and there it is so if i'm a crap paramount parker uh this bmw is gonna park itself for me love it
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all right there it is thanks again we'll see you at the next one take care

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