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      03-06-2019, 03:39 PM   #23
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Drives: Mineral Gray 2019 330i xDrive
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Originally Posted by MechX3M40i View Post
Still puzzled about this car... It's in the X family so we expect it to be a crossover or SAV (BMW made up terminology) as intended by BMW. However, its sales (together with that of X1) was lumped into overall sedan sales and not in the same category as X3 / X5 and other SAVs. :
Vehicle categories are determined by the EPA and NHTSA, not the manufacturers. The line between passenger cars and light trucks has been blurred recently by crossovers, and the GLA, Q3, XC40, etc. are all categorized as passenger cars. If you're interested you can read about it here:

The category doesn't really matter to consumers, who would have no idea what "class" the government puts them in.