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

"Have had other BMWs was not sure an SUV would meet my standards, it did"

HOSIA T., CA (2012 BMW X3)

"Exceptional winter driving conditions handling."

DEBORAH R., AK (2012 BMW X3)

"Very quick for an SUV. Drives like a car but has space like an SUV. Corners well and instills confidence."

Anonymous, TX (2012 BMW X3)

"As an SUV I didn't expect handling or performance to rival my 1997 540i 6spd. But the turbo V6 can be tame around town but ferocious when I want the power. Corning is also quite good."

WILLIAM B., CO (2012 BMW X3)

"Excellent driving experience and handles like a sports car. It accelerates faster than many sports cars without any turbo lag"

Anonymous, CA (2012 BMW X3)

"Has just enough "sports car performance" when you engage the Sport Mode to be fun, without being crazy expensive or otherwise uncomfortable as sports cars can be."

MARK S., CO (2012 BMW X3)

"Great SUV"

STEVEN M., NJ (2012 BMW X3)

"Handles like a sports car."

Anonymous, FL (2012 BMW X3)

"The car wanders all over the road, hard to keep straight without being in sport mode. Had alignment gone completely through with no effect. Very tiring to drive for long distances."

BARNES M., AZ (2012 BMW X3)

"I have owned several "high performance" cars over the years...the 3.5 turbo in my X3 is the most satisfying combination of power anf flexibility I have owned...amazing!"

Anonymous, SC (2012 BMW X3)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"replaced run flats with traditional tires and the car is so much quieter and better riding. More responsive too."

ERIC S., KY (2012 BMW X3)


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

What Owners Say

"The resale and or trade in value is disappointing. Possibly this has to do with the high cost of maintenance at BMW dealers. Replacement parts and labor charges are very high in my area of the country."

WALTER P., MI (2012 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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