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

"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 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

"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)

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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