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BMW's third-generation X3 has upscale cabin amenities, technology, and safety features. Most X3s are the 30i version, which is powered by a 248-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine.
It delivers quick acceleration and returned 24 mpg overall in our tests. The uplevel M40i gets a 382-hp turbo six-cylinder. The eight-speed automatic transmission is smooth and responsive. The X3 is super-quiet inside, with impeccable fit and finish. Handling is quite responsive, and the ride is firm yet absorbent. Controls and infotainment tasks take some getting used to but prove to be logical once mastered. The X3 has standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Blind spot and lane departure warnings are optional.
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2018-2019
2018 Redesign Year
BMW's redesigned, third-generation X3 adds upscale cabin amenities, technology, and safety features. Most X3s are the 30i version, which uses a 248-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine.
It delivers quick acceleration and returned 24 mpg overall in our tests. The uplevel M40i gets a 355-hp, turbo six-cylinder. As before, its smooth eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. The new X3 is super quiet inside, with impeccable fit and finish. Handling is quite responsive, and the ride is firm yet absorbent. The latest generation of the iDrive infotainment system has been simplified. Blind-spot and lane-departure warnings, as well as low speed automatic emergency braking, are common options. A rear-wheel drive sDrive30i is added for the 2019 model year.
$32,375 - $45,725
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$31,550 - $41,325
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2011-2017
2011 Redesign Year
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.
$22,025 - $26,925
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$18,800 - $22,875
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$15,325 - $18,200
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$12,475 - $14,725
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$10,225 - $12,650
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$9,225 - $10,850
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$8,525 - $9,600
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2004-2010
2004 Redesign Year
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.
$6,900
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$6,075
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$5,325
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$4,975
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$4,600
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$4,225 - $4,300
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$4,050 - $4,100
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