Want a small upscale SUV that does it all? The BMW X3 emphasizes driving fun and melds luxury car attributes with the traditional utility of an SUV. Athletic handling and eager power make the X3 enjoyable to drive. Cabin finish is impeccable and passengers benefit from supportive seats and a hushed interior. All of these attributes help the X3 rank among the top-rated vehicles in the compact luxury SUV class.
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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

"Great agility. Handles better than many cars. Much better than my second choice, the Acura RDX."

Anonymous, WI (2013 BMW X3)

"Surprised at how responsive the 4 cylinder engine is. Handles more like a sports car than an SUV."

Anonymous, ON (2013 BMW X3)

"300 hp and 300 hundred ft/pd of torque from 1300 rpm to 5000 rpm.. Accelerates effortlessly . Handles in sporting sort of way. Highly comfortable, and made in the USA."

ROGER B., QC (2013 BMW X3)

"Styling handling"

JOHN P., IN (2013 BMW X3)

"When accelerating from a stop, there is a noticeable lag, presumably from turbo."

BRIAN B., WA (2013 BMW X3)

"Accelerates and handles like a sports car."

Anonymous, TX (2013 BMW X3)

"love the size and the handling."

JAMES S., TX (2013 BMW X3)

"Definite turbo lag"

ANDREW C., CO (2013 BMW X3)

"Outstanding performance and great mileage!"

GEORGE L., VA (2013 BMW X3)

"This is absolutely the smoothest running drive train with plenty of power that I have ever experienced. It is worth putting up with the quirks you get with a BMW."

LOUIS D., OH (2013 BMW X3)

"My vehicle has larger engine which gives very good acceleration when needed for moving into traffic on a freeway. I generally use it in the middle range of 3 possible ranges (economy versus power) and find that the combination of power and handling is very good. It has a leather covered steering well which grips well."

HYMAN B., ON (2013 BMW X3)

"I'm amazed at the swift acceleration and the precise handling. This car handles like a sports car."

ALBERT N., SC (2013 BMW X3)

"Handles very much like my BMW 3Series sedan."

GARY C., NC (2013 BMW X3)

"The driving experience (accellerating uphill without a hitch, like a sportcar instead of a big SUV) is what sold me on the car. The handling is superb, and this is afterall an SUV!"

Anonymous, CA (2013 BMW X3)

"Great handling and acceleration. Drives like a sports car."

BRUCE M., OH (2013 BMW X3)

"I got the 4 cyl model and the acceleration from stop isn't very good. I can floor the gas pedal and it sits there for a second before moving. Once it's moving, the acceleration is fine. Trying to accelerate onto a highway, for example, can be frustrating. When I get my next car, I'll be sure to buy a more powerful engine for better acceleration."

Anonymous, NY (2013 BMW X3)

"Just as. good as the 5x but. lighter better town car 5x better road car"

JIM J., AZ (2013 BMW X3)

"Use to drive for long range tours....handling easy"

J W., NC (2013 BMW X3)

"Despite the X3 having a 2 liter 4 cylinder engine, acceleration and handling are outstanding. Using the "sport" mode enhances performance even more. My 70/30 highway/local driving delivers consistent 25 mpg. We recently took an extended pure highway trip and averaged over 30 miles per gallon- that was based on true consumption, not the onboard computer."

SEYMOUR M., PA (2013 BMW X3)

"4 cylinder engine performance exceeded my expectations."

GEORGE G., CT (2013 BMW X3)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"At the time this vehicle was much quieter than comparable SUV's, and had better handling and agility."

Anonymous, TX (2013 BMW X3)

"The engine on this car is very noisy. The good news, that inside you can not hear it but outside it sounds like it is knocking all the time."

Anonymous, OH (2013 BMW X3)

"The seats could be a little but cushier. Cabin noise is a bit high for a luxury vehicle. Ride is pretty smooth but could be better."

Anonymous, FL (2013 BMW X3)

"The issue with the BMW is not the manufacture's issue. I had an X5 and downsized to the X3, I prefer the roomier cab with larger seats, that's why I would not purchase this exact vehicle again. I will trade this one in for a new X5 within two years."

Anonymous, WA (2013 BMW X3)

"The driver seat in particular is very comfortable. It has multiple ways to adjust the back and seat. My car has a leather interior, which is plush and comfortable. The interior noise level is low while driving in the ride is firm yet comfortable."

HYMAN B., ON (2013 BMW X3)

"The cooling and heating is not as good as my old 2006 Toyota RAV4"

ROBERT Y., CA (2013 BMW X3)


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

What Owners Say

"not worth what I paid"

FRANK M., FL (2013 BMW X3)

"Bought a Certified Pre Owned vehicle. I don't believe it is worth the extra money."

MICHAEL H., NJ (2013 BMW X3)

"I have been shocked that a car of this expense would have the oil pump malfunction at 59000 miles and get absolutely no support, help or even real connection from BMWUSA. the engine had to be totally replaced, and if we hadn't bought and extended warranty through our insurance company it would have cost $17000!"

BRUCE B., CA (2013 BMW X3)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Had limited styling options in this model year, but the best handling of its class"

EDMOND G., MA (2013 BMW X3)

"Love the looks, color, styling, performance handling, gas mileage and technology."

DARYL I., NC (2013 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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