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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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Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and ESC standard. Front side and head protection air bags standard; rear side available.
Road Test

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.

Part of what makes the X3 experience feel premium is a comfortable, steady ride and a quiet cabin. The standard run-flat tires tend to be a bit stiff however, this is especially noticeable in bumpy, urban environments. Although the controls can take a steep learning curve to master, they eventually prove logical with the ability to perform many functions through either the center controller or steering-wheel mounted buttons. Versions with the cold-weather package come with handy heated front and rear seats as well as a heated steering wheel. The large oversized sunroof brightens up the cabin.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (240 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (300 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2014 BMW X3 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Radiator had a leak and needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, AZ (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“The front passenger door seal does not seal. Wind rushes thru the seal causing major discomfort for the passenger especially at highway speeds during the winter. The noise from the air leak is also bad. The dealer Brian Jessel had new seals put in but it did nothing to cure the problem. All together the BMW spent about 3 weeks in the shop. We were given a BMW courtesy car during the repairs. For all the time our car spent in the shop..there was no difference. We were told there was nothing else”

Mike M., BC (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“There is a "bird tweet" sound every time I get on a rough road or turn corners. The dealership cannot find it”

Don W., TX (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“rattle in the sun roof when open and going over bump in road”

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“rattle in dash board fixed by dealer when taken in for routine service”

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Rear liftgate squeaking on rough roads. Dealer has attempted to correct it three times. OK after third try (so far)”

Anonymous, PA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Crackling noise from panoramic moonroof, especially in cold weather”

Anonymous, TX (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“rattling from the moon roof. took to the dealor to get fixed and said it was the design. they replaced the seals but continues to rattle, constantly”

Kimberly M., AZ (2014 BMW X3 Unsure 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Squeaky problems with sunroof since beginning. Noise in tire area, needed to replace a ball bearing”

Anonymous, PA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Interior/cabin rattle”

Anonymous, WA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“lots of them, several trips to the dealer with no improvement very bothersome”

Myron G., MA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wind noise

“There is an annoying, high-pitched sound that isn't always there but very prevalent. We believe this to be wind/air but can't pinpoint where it is emanating from. Dealership can't pinpoint either. It is distracting to the point of getting rid of t”

Anonymous, NH (2014 BMW X3 Unsure Unsure)

“The car sounds like it's in a wind tunnel. The radio must be turned very high to even hear it”

Anonymous, NC (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

“stress cracks”

Anonymous, NJ (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seat controls

“Failure required parts from Germany taking 2 weeks. Wrong parts received several times. Took nearly 3 months to resolve”

Anonymous, KY (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Passenger side seat heater wouldn't heat”

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Seat controls - movement

“The driver seat came loose from the bolts holding it down. Had it fixed. Driver seat is again came loose from the bolts holding it down. Had it fixed again. Seat is AGAIN starting to show signs of loosening”

Edward H., MI (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Sunroof

“The sunroof rattles and squeaks horribly. More so in the winter months. It seems to be of very poor quality”

Edward H., MI (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Sunroof creaks and squeaks like an old red wagon. Very annoying”

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“When I purchased the car (used) the sunroof rattled when going over bumps large and small. The dealer repaired it under warranty and it has been fine ever since”

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Locks and latches

“Back latched to tailgate does not work”

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“The rear hatch cylinder went out and the entire door sprung to the right. Had to force open. Could not close without the hatch hitting the side of the vehicle”

Anonymous, TX (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“Button is pushed, tailgate almost closes, but doesn't latch”

Barry O., TX (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Backup or other camera/sensors

“The camera suddenly started showing everything up-side-down and backwards”

Anonymous, WA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Intermitant electrical connection to hatch takes out camera and rear wiper”

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

“On two occasions, I had to take my vehicle in to have software updated because the screen would go blank”

Anonymous, WI (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“System had to be replaced”

SUSn D., MA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“User Unfriendly Cannot find my house lack many common features found on a Garmin”

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“This is the worse GPS I've ever used. It rarely gets you to the destination. Using BMW's on-line seek does a much better job of getting the GPS to take you to the destination”

Anonymous, KY (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“There are issues from time to time with lost pairing or inability to pair”

Anonymous, WI (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Pairing two iPhones - sometimes one gets ;dropped; and it is cumbersome to re-add the iPhone”

David D., CA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Bluetooth Doesn't always connect with my phone. Problem was fixed IT at local dealership”

Thomas S., KY (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Bushings

“Defective bushing .. replaced front strut first thinking it was strut but ended up being bushing”

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Springs or torsion bars

“Car was pulling to the right. There was a service bulletin on it. Was repaired under warranty, and it took one week”

Carolyn C., MI (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Alignment

“Steering feels loose and wanders when going straight”

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

“Vibration at 69mph that could not easily be replicated or diagnosed”

Kevin C., NY (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“A/C went out”

Anonymous, GA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seat controls

“Passenger seat stopped heating. Computer module had to be replaced”

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Evaporator

“a known problem from what the service manager told me...Smells like sour milk when you first turn on AC/climate system”

James L., OH (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Water or snow behind gas pedal affected destabilization system, tire pressure monitor and reduced motor to a slow crawl”

Anonymous, QC (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Accessory belts or pulleys

“Belt tensioner made a loud noise and was replaced”

Barry O., TX (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Fuel leaks

“Twice we had cracked fuel injector problems in the engine compartment”

Robert W., VA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“The alarm sounded while at work and the dealership advised that the battery was drained”

Anonymous, MI (2014 BMW X3 Unsure 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Keyless entry

“Problem with remote Smart access. Battery kept dying and keyfob had to be replaced. Took 3 visits”

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Heated or cooled seats

“Rear heated seats stopped working. Repaired under warranty”

Anonymous, AB (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Muffler

“Within 500 miles the new muffler had to be replaced due to severe rattling”

Anonymous, WA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Pipes

“exhaust pipe tips extend past bumper. My wife and one other have BURNED bare legs against tips while unloading groceries. It could easily severely burn a child. We brought to BMWs attention and they said they would do nothing to correct issue”

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Other/unsure

“The screen does not update properly. Sometimes the screen does not show the info it is supposed to”

Michael R., VA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i Unsure)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Rotors

“had to replace the brakes and rotors at 45,000km Dealer had the nerve to say it's normal”

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Parking brake

“the parking brake needed to get a new sensor and be reporgrammed”

Anonymous, OH (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“trim around glove box has come off”

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Loose exterior trim or moldings

“turn signal indicator came loose”

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

“Recall, replacement”

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

“The NOX sensor before the SCR catalytic converter had a permanent malfunction and was replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

“electronic module failure,created driving problems,had to be re placed Feb 2015.Loud knocking noise prevented car from shifting into drive mode ,would shift into Park repeadedly ,had to shut off engine and restart in April 2015.BMW kept the car for”

John S., NJ (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

“Rear wheel differential gear was broken on the road and car eventually stopped without moving. The car had to be towed to dealer to replace the gear”

Che-Ming C., CA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Spark plugs or wires failure

“Spark plugs needed to be replaced after less than 1 year”

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i Unsure)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Coolers and lines

“the coolant line "fell out"...sounds like it hit the axle. the transmission warning light said stop the car a and pretty much stopped the car. fixed. warranty. works ok. but creepy”

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

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