Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2011 BMW X3 VS 2011 Ford Edge Near Phoenix, AZ

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2011 BMW X3

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2011 Ford Edge

Safety Comparison

The X3 has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Edge doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

To provide maximum traction and stability on all roads, All Wheel Drive is standard on the X3. But it costs extra on the Edge.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the X3’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Edge doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The BMW X3 has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Edge doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The X3 offers an optional Top View to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Edge only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Compared to metal, the X3’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Ford Edge has a metal gas tank.

Both the X3 and the Edge have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The X3 comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Edge’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

The X3’s corrosion warranty is 7 years longer than the Edge’s (12 vs. 5 years).

BMW pays for scheduled maintenance on the X3 for 4 years and 50,000 miles. BMW will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Edge.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the X3 has a standard 210 amp alternator. The Edge’s 150 amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The X3 xDrive35i’s standard 3.0 turbo 6 cyl. produces 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (300 vs. 280) than the Edge Sport’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the X3 xDrive35i is faster than the Edge Sport 3.7 V6:



Zero to 60 MPH

5.3 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

13.8 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

99.2 MPH

88.9 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the X3’s engines produce their peak torque at lower RPM’s than the Edge:


X3 xDrive28i 3.0 DOHC 6 cyl.

2750 RPM

X3 xDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

1200 RPM

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

4000 RPM

Edge Sport 3.7 DOHC V6

4000 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

Regenerative brakes improve the X3’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Edge doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the X3’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Edge:

X3 xDrive28i

X3 xDrive35i


Edge AWD

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

13 inches

11.65 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.9 inches

13 inches

11.9 inches

11.9 inches

The X3 stops much shorter than the Edge:



60 to 0 MPH

112 feet

149 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the X3 has larger tires than the Edge (245/55R17 vs. 235/65R17).

The X3 xDrive28i’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Edge’s standard 65 series tires.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires available on the X3 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Edge doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The X3 offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Edge’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The X3’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (49.9% to 50.1%) than the Edge’s (60% to 40%). This gives the X3 more stable handling and braking.

The X3 xDrive35i handles at .87 G’s, while the Edge SEL AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The X3 xDrive35i executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the Edge SEL (26.5 seconds @ .69 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the X3’s turning circle is tighter than the Edge’s (38.4 feet vs. 38.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the X3 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Edge (8.5 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the X3 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the X3. The Edge doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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