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BMW_StreetRacer
07-15-2003, 09:33 PM
Hi,

I currently have a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder SE.

Do anybody know whether the X3's cargo capacity would be bigger than my Nissan ? ... If so, I might consider one instead of going to some giant SUV such as the Navigator or Yukon XL Denali.

Thanks !

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BMW_StreetRacer
2003 BMW 330Xi
2001 Nissan Pathfinder SE
1998 Volvo S70 GLE

58673877
07-15-2003, 10:33 PM
Ahem...you seem to be a little confused...

The Pathfinder falls under the same category as the BMW X5. And using logic, the X3 is obviously smaller than the X5 in every way. Thus, if you can't fit the equal amount of cargo in an X5, the X3 surely won't be able to help you out more!
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Celtlaw
07-15-2003, 11:53 PM
Using the dimensions in the German language brochure and converting the liters to cu ft., the dimensions are: 17 cu ft with rear seats up and 55 cu ft with the rear seats down.

Trex
07-16-2003, 09:54 AM
I agree with your logic. Keep in mind that the X5 is not space efficient, in other words - it's big on the outside but not correspondingly big on the inside. It has been said that certain dimensions on the X3 might exceed those on the X5. I think that the X3 will be more space efficient (in proportion to its outside dimensions) than the X5 and some measurements for the X3 might, in fact, be better than the X5. Two observations: the next generation X5 ('06 model coming out in '05?) should have better space efficiency. Also, I am not familiar with the interior space and dimensions of the Pathfinder. It might well be that it has more space than an X5 and it might have more space than the X3 (we all have to wait to go to the dealer and get our tape measures out). I assume that the Japanese are good at making their SUV interiors space efficient. Another point about interior space and it has to do with actual dimensions and how you load things up and what kind of things you plan on schlepping around. Before I had an X5, I had an ML 320. The X5 was taller in the back, but not as wide. We actually preferred the back loading space of the ML because you didn't have the interior sides bulging in. When it came to loading up suit cases and gear (like caravaning down to HC'98 in Spartenburg), wider is better - if you start to jam things in up high you lose rearward vision. Another killer for the interior of the X5 was the rear roof pillar that angles forward. That look is great from the outside and it is what distinguishes the X5 design/style from the "Milk Wagon" up-right look of the ML design. But that Bread Truck Look ML is more efficient because of its more upright construction. The X3 will mimick the rear pillar kink of the X5 and it will be less efficient because of it.

JPW
07-16-2003, 12:41 PM
When I converted the dimensions from Metric to English, the X3 was about 1" less in all dimensions, so I think that the cargo will really be the same as the X5. However, when the measure the cargo capacity, I believe that they don't measure anything above the window line. A safety rating tool which few follow.

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58673877
07-16-2003, 12:55 PM
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