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BMW X3 2018 4-door SUV Trim Shown: 2018 xDrive30i 4-door SUV AWD Automatic
Underneath evolutionary styling, the redesigned, third generation X3 brings more upscale cabin amenities, powertrain updates, and a new performance model. The outgoing X3 has been among CR's highly rated models in this category of modestly sized luxury SUVs. Most X3s will have the 248-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four. The M40i gets a 355-hp, turbocharged six-cylinder and is fitted with bigger brakes and a stiffer suspension, to match the extra power. As before, an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard across the range. Options like a 10.5-inch touch screen and available gesture controls add features to the infotainment system previously seen on top models. Forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking are available as part of the optional Driving Assistance Package.
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BMW X3 2017 4-door SUV Trim Shown: 2017 xDrive28i 4-door SUV AWD Automatic
This is one of the best upscale SUVs, melding utility with luxury-car attributes and driving fun. It has precise handling and a composed ride, although the body tends to rock side to side on uneven pavement. The 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder returned a very good 23 mpg overall, and the eight-speed automatic shifts seamlessly. But this engine is a bit short on refinement, with a diesel-like clatter. The six-cylinder in the 35i is silky smooth. The interior is beautifully finished, with firm and supportive front seats, and though the rear seat is roomy, cargo capacity is modest. Once mastered, the iDrive control system proves logical. Despite the X3's price, the must-have rearview camera is optional. A redesign arrives in November.
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2011 Redesign Year
BMW X3 2016 Trim Shown: 2016 Base
The second generation X3 impressed us with its sporty handling, composed ride, seamless eight-speed automatic, and nicely finished interior. Supportive seats, easy access, tasteful but understated interior ambiance and a manageable size make it a very compelling compact luxury SUV. The iDrive control system takes some getting used to, but proves logical over time. The electronic gear selector is also a bit unintuitive at first. Two versions are available, a 28i and a 35i. Most are going to be the 28i. The 2011 and 2012 28i models had a normally aspirated 3.0-liter six cylinder. Starting in 2013, the engine was replaced by a 2.0-liter four, making the same 240 hp and getting only slightly better fuel economy (23 mpg vs. 22). The 2013 model year also brought standard 18-inch wheels and a powered lift gate. Make sure you get an X3 with the optional and essential rear view camera and avoid the optional 19-inch wheels.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2016 $37,675 - $37,675 $34,440 - $34,440
2015 $28,775 - $37,825 $25,750 - $34,550
2014 $26,450 - $32,775 $23,500 - $29,650
2013 $23,725 - $27,325 $20,750 - $24,250
2012 $19,025 - $22,175 $16,100 - $19,150
2011 $16,050 - $19,300 $13,100 - $16,250
2004 Redesign Year
BMW X3 2010
The first generation X3 was narrow, stiff riding and the interior wasn't up to BMW's usual fit and finish standards. The very hard and choppy ride takes a toll on one's bladder and vertebrae. Handling is agile and very secure. Through 2006, a pair of six-cylinder engines was available. These were a somewhat underpowered 184-hp, 2.5-liter and a more powerful 225-hp, 3.0-liter. The five-speed automatic was a fairly smooth. All-wheel drive was standard. The 2007 models brought a revised suspension that improved the ride only marginally, as well as a six-speed automatic, and a 3.0-liter six-cylinder with more horsepower. Fuel economy, at 19 mpg isn't all that great.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2010 $13,275 - $13,275 $10,440 - $10,440
2009 $11,625 - $11,625 $8,850 - $8,850
2008 $9,550 - $9,550 $6,860 - $6,860
2007 $8,275 - $8,275 $5,620 - $5,620
2006 $7,200 - $7,200 $4,620 - $4,620
2005 $6,075 - $6,350 $3,560 - $3,810
2004 $5,550 - $5,875 $3,060 - $3,360