The BMW X3 is a compact luxury crossover SUV that is aimed at those who desire convenience, style, and luxury in a smaller car. BMW first launched the X3 to customers in the model year of 2004. Since then, the car has gone through three different generations of production. The current third generation started in the year 2011 model year.
As one would expect from the case of a BMW X3, the X3 provides a comfortable and athletic driving experience that is sure to satisfy both the driver as well as the passengers. The turbocharged four-cylinder engine is quite smooth, to the point that if the driver did not know better, they would believe he was driving a vehicle that had an engine with six cylinders. Inline six-cylinder engine is even more smooth and has plenty of power. In all it is the BMW X3 is one of the most attractive small crossover SUVs available on the market currently.
What’s New in 2018?
In 2018, for 2018, the BMW X3 is all-new. In its debut year in the third generation BMW X3, the X3 can be purchased in the form of the 252 horsepower four-cylinder turbo 30i or M40i equipped with a healthy 3-55 horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder. Both models can only be purchased with xDrive. There are many changes that go beyond the power plant and body design. The interior redesign includes lots of brand new tech including IDrive 6.0 and the nifty Gesture control that lets hand movements to control things like phone calls or the music selection.
Trims and Pricing
BMW has two trim levels for the X3: xDrive28i and xDrive35i. The standard features included in the xDrive28i are an electric liftgate cruise control, auto wipers, foglights and foglights, as well as 18-inch wheels and a rear privacy glass. automatic headlights, two-zone automated climate controls, power-adjustable front seats that have memory settings for the driver leatherette leather upholstery 60/40 split rear seats that fold with telescoping and tilt steering wheel Bluetooth as well as iDrive’s electronics interface, and an audio system with 12 speakers, a CD player, USB/iPod interface, the auxiliary audio input along with HD radio.
The xDrive35i’s standard features include all the features of the xDrive28i, plus adaptive and auto-leveling bi-xenon lights wood trim, and a an expansive sunroof.
The Premium package includes auto dimming mirrors, keys for opening and ignition leather upholstery, manual rear sunshades with tie-down points, as well as cargo nets. Its Cold Weather package come with heated steering wheel along with heated front seats. 40/20/40 split rear seats that fold. It also comes with heated rear seats. Cold Weather II package also features heated rear seats as well as washers for headlights. A Technology package provides navigation, including real-time traffic information as well as rear and top view cameras, rear and front parking sensors, and an BMW Assist communications center. The Premium Sound package includes satellite radio as well as an audio system that surrounds that includes 16 speakers. A Driver Assistance package includes an alert system for lane departures that automatically raises the beams, as well as head-up displays.
In the xDrive28i version, there is a Convenience Package that comes with manual rear sunshades as well as keyless entry ignition , as well as adaptive bi-xenon headlights.
An Sport Activity package includes an oversized steering wheel for sport with sport seats, steering wheel shifter, 18-inch tires, and specific outside trims. The Dynamic Handling package includes an all-wheel drive system with a rear bias as well as an improved speed-adjustable power steering. Additionally, an M Sport package adds features of the two prior packages and includes an adjustable damper for suspension, M Division sports steering wheels, M Division 19″ wheels as well as unique exterior trim parts.
An X3 includes an initial invoice of $35,000. For an xDrive28i, it’s $38,000, and an MSRP of around $41,000. The xDrive35i trim will add about $5,000 to the price of the car. The Certified Dealer will give you , as a member, an upfront cost with built-in savings, and all without the typical car buying difficulties.
Engine and Performance
The BMW X3 xDrive28i comes with turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces up to 220 horsepower and 260 pounds of torque. The eight-speed automatic is the only option for a transmission. All-wheel drive and an engine stop/start system that is automatic are also standard equipment. The EPA estimates fuel efficiency at 21 mpg within the city while 28 mpg is on the highway, and 24 mpg when combined driving.
For the X3 model, the xDrive35i is equipped with turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine that generates 300 horsepower, and 300 pounds-feet of torque. The same transmission and driveline is offered for the xDrive35i, just like the xDrive28i. The estimates for fuel economy are an impressive 19 mpg in cities, 26 mpg on highway driving, and 21 mpg combined driving.
Like other modern BMWs The interior features an elegant, yet simple style with minimal controls. Instead, the majority of electronic gadgets will be operated by the iDrive system which requires the driver to master the specific controls and use the system. The benefit of this approach is that motorists do not need to struggle through a variety of buttons while driving, which can cut down significantly on distracted driving.
Customers can pick among a variety of upholstery colors and trim styles for the interior that include various types of wood. All materials used in the interior are top-quality and the cabin is remarkably quiet in the city or on the road. The fit and finish is in line with BMW’s famed status.
Although the X3 is classified as a small crossover but the interior measurements are similar to a mid-sized crossover. The front seat passengers have a good amount of space and comfortable seats. The rear seats can accommodate even the largest adults, thanks to the biggest rear seating area of the class of the X3. The seats in the rear are extremely comfortable, rather than being completely flat, as is typical in smaller crossovers. The cargo capacity is also impressive in the range of 63.3 cubic feet when the back seat folded down.