The X3 offers the versatility you need from SUVs with the sportiness typical of a BMW. The engine is smooth and powerful. Handling is agile. Steering and braking are excellent. While previous versions of the X3 had a punishing ride, this one is better, though still choppy.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Very Sporty transmission response"

GILBERT F., NC (2008 BMW X3)

"It's a great car. Perfect for dealing with traffic and in downtown Chicago"

STEVE B., IL (2008 BMW X3)

"It has great pickup and handles curves very well!"

Anonymous, MD (2008 BMW X3)

"I have driven over 3 million kilometres , and this is by far the most enjoyable and best handling vehicle I have driven ."

J E., BC (2008 BMW X3)

"Outstanding handling, especially in difficult conditions (e.g. winter)"

MAREK D., ON (2008 BMW X3)

"Gobs of power and handles nearly as well as a 3 series sedan."

BRUCE B., CA (2008 BMW X3)

"i drive a manual transmission and love my X3 - very fun, responsive - good in all weather particularly snow"

Anonymous, UT (2008 BMW X3)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Great seats and visibility"

ALEX J., IL (2008 BMW X3)

"Interior noise is terrible...squeaks, rattles."

Anonymous, LA (2008 BMW X3)

"While this model has a well-known rough ride on bumpy streets, the front sports seats provide excellent leg support."

JEROME E., MA (2008 BMW X3)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Very nice design in and out - great ergonomics! Interior dash and steering controls are not intuitive and seem randomly placed. Snappy ride, that handles well! Fun to drive when not in the shop being repaired! On the negative... seems always to be in the shop for service!!!"

TROY P., MN (2008 BMW X3)

"The X3 has the complete package of styling, handling, acceleration and mpg. It is comfortable and handles as if it was on tracks. Cargo space is is great for it's size and when fully loaded it does not effect the mpg or the handling."

BILL F., CO (2008 BMW X3)

"It was European pickup. I special ordered the car with everything I wanted, no extra bells & whistles & saved $8-10,000 dollars. It's very dependable, has great pickup. I can fit 15 bags of mulch in the back!"

Anonymous, MD (2008 BMW X3)

"CR moved my X3 to worst of the worst reliability so I am expecting trouble"

Anonymous, IN (2008 BMW X3)
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Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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