2011 BMW X3 Owner Satisfaction - Consumer Reports
The BMW X3 originated the compact luxury SUV segment and is one of the few that actually feels sporty. Handling is agile, making the X3 enjoyable to drive. Helped by a new eight-speed automatic transmission, the powertrain is eager and willing. Fuel economy is also respectable, given the X3's size and power.
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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

"My vehicle rides extremely rough when it's down to 1/4th tank of gas."

Honor P., IL (2011 BMW X3)

"acceleration, handling, and breaks are perfect, however the suspension is too stiff."

Peter V., CA (2011 BMW X3)

"Acceleration and handling are quick and precise."

Wayne W., DE (2011 BMW X3)

"Acceleration is brisk and passing is safe and quick. Handling on snow and ice is very good. Overall handling on winding roads is excellent for an SAV (SAV in BMW speak)."

John M., WI (2011 BMW X3)

"Fast and responsive road handling."

Brian P., TX (2011 BMW X3)

"Ample acceleration at anytime. Handling was much improved by replacing stock run-flat tires with Yokohama non run-flat tires."

David W., CA (2011 BMW X3)

"Handling is great, there are times when it seems to hesitate particularly when accelerating from a stoplight. Above 40 MPH, acceleration is great."

Anonymous, IL (2011 BMW X3)

"Pleasure to drive in all condition"

Michel C., QC (2011 BMW X3)

"Very nimble in emergency situations like people pulling out in front of us."

Anonymous, NC (2011 BMW X3)

"I bought this car new in 2011 and from day one from a standing start it “bucks‿ like the clutch slips but it’s an automatic transmission. Otherwisw it has great acceleration and good handling for a suv."

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW X3)

"The multiknob dial works very well."

Oliver S., NH (2011 BMW X3)

"The X3 is a dream to drive. Tight input response, and the feel of the road at your fingertips. The driving experience makes you enjoy driving. Road noise is NOT apparent."

Fred K., OR (2011 BMW X3)

"Very quick acceleration. Live in an area of heavy cross traffic and helps to get up to speed with traffic."

Ray A., MI (2011 BMW X3)

"Multiple transmission issues. Inital acceleration, from a stop, has a delayed response and a "jerkiness" once accelaration engages. One of the worst turning radiuses for any car of this caliber."

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW X3)

"The engine is nice and smooth with the auto transmission. The ride can get a little stiff but never gets uncomfortable. the v6 is fairly quick and smooth never any hesitation"

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW X3)

"Car-like ride and handling; Very strong, responsive power; fairly nimble"

Andy G., LA (2011 BMW X3)

"Car performs when I want/need it to preform. It's maneuverability, handling, and acceleration are all top notch."

Richrd P., MA (2011 BMW X3)

"The 8 speed gearing is smooth and adapts to your driving style and the suspension is unmatched which allows for great cross country riding and spirited cornering in the back country. The all wheel drive gives me comfort during the winter months."

Fred K., OR (2011 BMW X3)

"Great handling. Acceleration with manual shift is terrific"

Anonymous, MA (2011 BMW X3)

"handling and acceleration and styling"

Anonymous, MT (2011 BMW X3)

"excellent acceleration, handling, braking"

ART L., NY (2011 BMW X3)

"I am a retired Police Officer and have never driven a car, PD cruisers included, that have as much acceleration and solid feel....even at high speed California driving."

BELLE N., CA (2011 BMW X3)

"Handles very well for an SUV. Performance is good."

LYNDON M., TN (2011 BMW X3)

"Great driving experience. Firm and stable comfort."

TRACEY H., ON (2011 BMW X3)

"Excellent handling"

Anonymous, FL (2011 BMW X3)

"The amenities that come with the X3 make this a very nice SUV. It stays in line with the driving experience that BMW is noted for. It has a great transmission and the Idrive is very good."

FRED K., OR (2011 BMW X3)

"The acceleration is good, handling is very good, not what would be expected for an SUV."

Anonymous, CT (2011 BMW X3)

"The car is fun to drive. It performs well on the interstate or curvy roads. The turbo was well worth the money"

Anonymous, TN (2011 BMW X3)

"At stop signs at warm up the car learchs at the stop. Shifting is a bit hap hazard at times. The transmission seems to not where where it is. Going uphill it is too high a gear on occasion."

JACK S., NC (2011 BMW X3)

"it hesitates when you step on the gas from stop making it a jerky acceleration."

Anonymous, ON (2011 BMW X3)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Seats in the BMW are not nearly as comfortable as those in my Cadillac CTS! The car is noisy and rides like a STAGE COACH! Not pleased, but it is used mainly for short trips around town and adjoining towns.I suspect BMW has improved these complaints, since CR gave it very high marks for 2018!"

Peter H., ME (2011 BMW X3)

"Everything is good except of heating system that makes the windshield and front windows foggy."

Peter V., CA (2011 BMW X3)

"Seats are comfortable on Long rides. I've been adjusting but still have not gotten comfortable."

Wayne W., DE (2011 BMW X3)

"Very comfortable--fun to drive but noisy at times."

Michael L., NC (2011 BMW X3)

"Stock run-flat tires are noisy and do not handle very well. Replaced with Yokohama non run-flat tires. Much nicer ride and much quieter."

David W., CA (2011 BMW X3)

"Fun to drive, good on the snow"

Michel C., QC (2011 BMW X3)

"The ride in this car is VERY comfortable; seats are good, noise is low, and the ride is smooth."

Peter N., NC (2011 BMW X3)

"Lovely supportive seats. Would like less road noise"

Anonymous, WA (2011 BMW X3)

"Its a great touring vehicle cross country but it has the BMW suspension that makes it ride and corner with ease. The ride is unmatched."

Fred K., OR (2011 BMW X3)

"Easy car to drive. Handles well and oh so comfortable. Longer trips are easy with this one."

Anonymous, VA (2011 BMW X3)

"Seats are TOO firm, it is noisy for a high priced vehicle, ride is VERY stiff and noisy on rough roads."

Anonymous, ME (2011 BMW X3)

"The seats are very comfortable and supportive on long drives"

Anonymous, CT (2011 BMW X3)

"Seating alinement not greatest for me or wife"

Anonymous, MD (2011 BMW X3)


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

What Owners Say

"This car was purchased with a few extra packages that were worth getting above the base model (especially the "premium" package with additional lights and power memory leather seats with adjustable lumbar support,) and for all that, we feel we got an excellent well made car that doesn't feel luxurious, but rather, practical, safe, comfortable, and performance-capable, at a fair price. So far it has needed no major repairs."

Diana B., NC (2011 BMW X3)

"Somewhat overpriced given the number of transmission and repair costs"

Anonymous, CA (2011 BMW X3)

"My wife ordered this car exactly the way she wanted it and it has lived up to her expectations"

MARTINE W., OR (2011 BMW X3)

"My X3 was cheaper in price than a Honda, Toyota or Nissan. AND came with 50k miles of free maintenance. I also got to pick up the car at the BMW Performance Center where they pay for your dinner, hotel stay and Center where you are given a car the same as yours and are paired with a race car driver who spends the whole morning and afternoon, explaining how the car works,handles and performs. You take this vehicle through a series of courses and are taught how to handle the car. There is a 2 w"



How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"It's a bit plain inside for the price point."

ROBERT C., ON (2011 BMW X3)

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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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