2014 BMW X3 Owner Satisfaction - Consumer Reports
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

"Secure driving experience"

Anonymous, IN (2014 BMW X3)

"Handles well, but lacks in torque and acceleration."

Bob W., CA (2014 BMW X3)

"Handles great. Acceleration much better than I thought, plenty of power. Would like a better exhaust note."

Anonymous, NJ (2014 BMW X3)

"Three modes of driving Sport , Comfort and ECO. Can really feel the difference in driving and handling. In Sport and Comfort the acceleration is quick and smooth, handling is a little stiffer in Sport. In ECO the acceleration is slower to save on fuel."

Petrocy A., FL (2014 BMW X3)

"the car is a joy to drive--both handling and acceleration"

Gregory P., CO (2014 BMW X3)

"Terrific handling and drive."

Glen P., GA (2014 BMW X3)

"Styling acceleration handling"

Anonymous, PA (2014 BMW X3)

"For a SAV it handles smoother and better than most sedans I have driven."

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW X3)

"This is the Motor Sport model with a large turbo-charged V6. It is extremely fast. It handles very well particularly in curves. Also great in the snow."

Michael A., VA (2014 BMW X3)

"Transmission is very smooth. Handling is crisp and well controlled"

Anonymous, VA (2014 BMW X3)

"Great handling and response"

Anonymous, RI (2014 BMW X3)

"As a daily driver for around town and commuting, has plenty of power/torque, takes corners like a go-cart, is very well behaved under all daily driving conditions."

Anonymous, NL (2014 BMW X3)

"very fun to drive!"

Anonymous, PA (2014 BMW X3)

"Very good acceleration in Comfort Mode and crazy acceleration in Sport Mode. The vehicle feels planted and is excellent in winter conditions. It feels solid and the steering feel is quite good."

Anonymous, ON (2014 BMW X3)

"EXCELLENT ACCELERATION- VERY USEFUL WHEN MERGING IN HIGH TRAFFIC AREAS"

Anonymous, IL (2014 BMW X3)

"Fast and fun to drive. Responsive and comfortable"

Pamela B., HI (2014 BMW X3)

"Six cylinder is superior in both acceleration, handling and gas mileage."

Anonymous, TX (2014 BMW X3)

"6 cylinder engine has very good acceleration. Easy/quick and thus saferto pass on 2 lane highways."

Steve C., WA (2014 BMW X3)

"the 6 cylinder turbo charged engine is fantastic. Also, the vehicle is quite agile."

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW X3)

"Extraordinary control and confidence in handling."

Wallace T., MI (2014 BMW X3)

"Overall the acceleration and handling are the main reasons to own a BMW and braking They keep you safe"

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW X3)

"It's quick and comfortable with good handling response for its size."

James B., NY (2014 BMW X3)

"Extremely quick and great handling very responsive and feels very safe"

A F., PA (2014 BMW X3)

"great engine (6) and transmission"

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW X3)

"This SUV is capable of going from zero to 60 in about 5 seconds. The ability to accelerate quickly and rapidly has enabled us to avoid potential accidents numerous times in our tourist-driven town of Myrtle Beach, SC. Tourists that are lost will make sudden lane changes without warning, for example, and the X3 enables us to maneuver rapidly to get away from them or to speed up as well."

Richard L., SC (2014 BMW X3)

"Handling is outstanding for a SUV. Cost of repairs is too high."

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW X3)

"Great acceleration and sure handling"

Robert P., NY (2014 BMW X3)

"Performance"

Anonymous, CA (2014 BMW X3)

"Excellent handling on all road conditions. Amazing what a 4 cycinder engine can do when engineered by BMW!"

Lisa M., CA (2014 BMW X3)

"Love the handling and acceleration. Gas mileage was an unexpected plus."

Anonymous, VA (2014 BMW X3)

"BMW is a major leader in vehicle style. They were the first to build a SUV, and all the car companies copied them. I love driving the X3, but don't like running up the mileage."

Gene R., TN (2014 BMW X3)

"The car handles very well and the acceleration is more than adequate. It is fun to drive"

Anonymous, CT (2014 BMW X3)

"Acceleration and handling are typical of BMWs - very good for this type of vehicle."

Anonymous, OH (2014 BMW X3)

"Great acceleration with 3.0L turbo. Excellent handling."

Jim B., FL (2014 BMW X3)

"Good acceleration but drives like a truck. Turning radius very high makes handling difficult."

Howard E., SC (2014 BMW X3)

"The ride is rough."

Edward G., VA (2014 BMW X3)

"We do not speed, but even when driving at highway speeds, one can still accelerate to pass or avoid a troubling situation. Love driving this car."

Brian W., MD (2014 BMW X3)

"plenty of power(4cyl). Handles great for SUV."

Anonymous, AZ (2014 BMW X3)

"Able to merge onto freeways with minimal difficulty. Hold the road firmly. Dislike run flat tires."

Anonymous, AZ (2014 BMW X3)

"Great pickup for situations dependable pickup is required. Handles very well for relaxed driving."

William G., PA (2014 BMW X3)

"Precise handling, good mileage, and the eco-drive system. I am a more confident and safer driver"

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW X3)

"The acceleration and handling are excellent. The ride is very smooth and quiet."

Anonymous, MI (2014 BMW X3)

"Straight line acceleration is exceptional for a midsize all wheel drive SUV, even with the smaller 2.8l engine. Smoking people at stoplights is a treat. :-) Handles fine on curves, but I think my Honda HR-V might be more fun on twisty roads... this isn't a BMW sedan after all, it's an SUV."

Anonymous, NL (2014 BMW X3)

"Very impressive acceleration and handling"

Anonymous, TX (2014 BMW X3)

"My BMW X3 is the best handling car I have ever owned. It accelerates quickly and smoothly, and cornering and turning are effortless."

Anonymous, GA (2014 BMW X3)

"Acceleration, and smoothness of ride are the main factors for giving this vehicle a high rating."

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW X3)

"This is a really fun car to drive. It feels more like a sedan than an SUV"

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW X3)

"It drives very sporty and is easy to handle in small spaces."

Lorna K., AZ (2014 BMW X3)

"An SUV that thinks it is a sports car. Great reaction to pedal and steering wheel."

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW X3)

"Excellent"

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW X3)

"All I have to say is it loves To be driven, the faster the better. The 2.0 liter makes plenty of power, does not feel like a 4 cyclinder engine, has almost no turbo lag."

Ronnie L., FL (2014 BMW X3)

"Corners well, great acceleration, good braking"

Anonymous, VT (2014 BMW X3)

"This is a well-engineered, very fast, very responsive SUV. It is well made and a pleasure to drive."

MICHAEL A., VA (2014 BMW X3)

"Nothing handles and performs like a BMW"

ERNIE P., OK (2014 BMW X3)

"I've owned 3 BMW's and each has been really FUN to drive!"

Anonymous, NH (2014 BMW X3)

"Good handling - very easy to drive. I wish the turbo 4 had a little more power - I had a 6 cylinder BMW 3 series and think the acceleration was slightly better."

FUJIMOTO R., HI (2014 BMW X3)

"For a sport utility the BMW X3 handles and performs more like a sport sedan. Great engineering."

SCOTT W., CA (2014 BMW X3)

"Handles well. Just did a 5,000 mile trip with great comfort and mpg was at or above 30 mpg."

THOM W., OH (2014 BMW X3)

"What a surprise! I had no idea that a SUV, albeit small, could accelerate and handle like this turbo engine and the suspension package provided."

FAY S., AZ (2014 BMW X3)

"Gas mileage is fair. Run flat tires wore out after only 13000 miles."

BARRY S., NJ (2014 BMW X3)

"Acceleration is slow on pickup till turb comes on."

GERALD F., PA (2014 BMW X3)

"Acceleration is impressive with the 35 model and bigger engine , very fun to drive"

KERRIGAN S., NJ (2014 BMW X3)

"The X3 as an SUV handles like a sports car. It provides safe driving and overcomes conditions that would affect the handling of other vehicles. It instills confidence as you drive it."

Anonymous, PA (2014 BMW X3)

"It seems everyone in my family gets a headache in this vehicle unless I drive very very slow. I am sure it is the handling as we all prefer 14yr old toyota highlander for this."

Anonymous, NC (2014 BMW X3)

"great handling/steering feel."

Anonymous, BC (2014 BMW X3)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Road noise is higher than I expected from BMW"

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW X3)

"M Sport seats are firm but comfortable. Great seating options"

Bob W., CA (2014 BMW X3)

"Very comfortable and smooth."

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW X3)

"Fun to drive. Great cornering and speed."

Pamela B., HI (2014 BMW X3)

"Get rid of the Run Flat Tires!!!!!!!!! Introduce "white noise" to suv's"

Anonymous, OH (2014 BMW X3)

"Fit and finish of this vehicle is a lot better than any new car I have seen. My son resently purchased a new Ford Escape Platinum, granted MSRP difference between the two vehicles was about $15000. Could hold a candle to quality of my 4 year old BMW X3."

Ronnie L., FL (2014 BMW X3)

"Great lower lumbar support"

Anonymous, AZ (2014 BMW X3)

"Ride quality is a disappointment in that it is too harsh for comfort on long trips. Noise level is relatively high for a luxury vehicle."

Anonymous, OH (2014 BMW X3)

"Good assured driving comfort for around town."

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW X3)

"Very comfortable seats, very adjustable, very quiet on the highway, easy to travel long distances comfortably."

Steve C., WA (2014 BMW X3)

"Firm, contoured, easily adjusted"

Don B., NC (2014 BMW X3)

"All seats are comfortable and fronts are fully adjustable via multiple switches (with memory). Ride is quite good, but the run flat tires (with very rigid sidewalls) don't do much to absorb impacts. There is a bit of wind noise evident at highway speeds; not dramatic, but noticeable at times. Otherwise, the cabin is very quiet."

Anonymous, NL (2014 BMW X3)

"Seats are stiff but supporting, something to get used to in BMW. Ride is excellent for size car. Larger wheels helps. Well insulated from road noise."

Mark B., NC (2014 BMW X3)

"This car has the most comfortable seats of any car, luxury or otherwise."

Anonymous, FL (2014 BMW X3)

"Sport seat adjustable to hold you in place for hard cornering and very comfortable on long trips"

Anonymous, TX (2014 BMW X3)

"As we get older, getting in and out of the vehicle becomes problematic. The ease of entering and exiting this vehicle is outstanding. Once in the ride is luxurious. One feels very safe in this car."

Brian W., MD (2014 BMW X3)

"They are like sitting on a concrete bench, much too hard."

F M., GA (2014 BMW X3)

"Excellent seat, smooth ride. Car makes an odd diesel like rattle while engine is idle."

Lisa M., CA (2014 BMW X3)

"The ride and comfort on long trips was a key selling point for this vehicle."

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW X3)

"Ride is hard, Wife calls car rough rider. To much road noise, feel every little bump. No rattles just thumps sound in car for every little bump."

Eugene B., FL (2014 BMW X3)

"The seats are very uncomfortable in both the front and back."

Anonymous, MD (2014 BMW X3)

"Run flat tires make the ride harsher than necessary over bumps"

Anonymous, NY (2014 BMW X3)

"Precise handling/steering and very comfortable/supportive seats."

Anonymous, BC (2014 BMW X3)

"Noise level inside the car is high just after one year. They said it has to do with belts and not much can be done."

Anonymous, NC (2014 BMW X3)

"Excellent"

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW X3)

"Not very comfortable"

David S., CO (2014 BMW X3)

"a/c is slow to cool adequately"

Anonymous, WI (2014 BMW X3)

"Both front seats are adjustable and very comfortable, especially for long drives"

PAUL C., WA (2014 BMW X3)

"This vehicle was chosen for seat comfort and ease of getting into and out of car because my physical disability was best accommodated by the X3's configuration."

FAY S., AZ (2014 BMW X3)

"Sport seats have great adjustbility"

RALPH C., OH (2014 BMW X3)

"More road noise than expected. Ride can be rough at times."

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW X3)

"Great for long trips, seats are superb, suspension is firm but compliant, excellent ride."

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW X3)

"The front seats are very comfortable and have a perfect pitch. No neck fatigue which happens on longer driving of the 328"

EUGENE C., PA (2014 BMW X3)

"Quiet, stable ride, effective climate control, well adjustable seats. Tires (run flat) provides harsher ride than on regular tires."

FUJIMOTO R., HI (2014 BMW X3)

"Great seating position/height and stable, sure footed ride."

Anonymous, BC (2014 BMW X3)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"It's just too expensive. BMW gouges you on options and maintenance."

Anonymous, MA (2014 BMW X3)

"Great price and service at the time"

Anonymous, RI (2014 BMW X3)

"Luxury cars are expensive, for sure, and BMW's are no exception. Nevertheless, this is the 4th one we've owned and we are convinced that this brand is one of the very best, if not the best, automakers available. For driving, safety, acceleration, handling in adverse weather conditions, etc., I haven't experienced a better brand."

Richard L., SC (2014 BMW X3)

"The x3 is a true driving machine just like the BMW advertisement. The vehicle has a lot of pep and is built solid. Reminds me of my Mercedes 1990 300E, performance, handling, and very solid."

Anonymous, NJ (2014 BMW X3)

"When I look at other competition, I am getting high end options, Even a Minivan, better mileage for this price. BMW basically saying I have a brand name and cheating us with no value in the car."

Anonymous, NC (2014 BMW X3)

"Purchased a service loaner with under 9,000 miles. Best way to get an almost new car!"

Mark B., NC (2014 BMW X3)

"BMW has a very comprehensive warranty that only excludes tires over a 4 year period."

Anonymous, PA (2014 BMW X3)

"Overpriced in comparison to other choices in this class. Ride comfort and performance is not any superior to some other compact SUV costing 5-10000 dollars less. Run flat tires and no spare are a major factor in not selecting this car again."

Anonymous, NJ (2014 BMW X3)

"Driving experience is good. Nav is just okay"

Anonymous, IL (2014 BMW X3)

"BMW seems to have "cut corners" on some components. Specifically, the original tires were worn out by 22,00 miles. In addition, minor usability features like in-door pockets are now hard plastic instead of a mesh netting like my 2006 X3 had. Finally, minor reliability issues have come up with a rear lift gate not working intermittently and an electronic key that sometimes wont open locked doors or start the vehicle. I took the vehicle to a dealer to look at these problems and got a "no trou"

Anonymous, OH (2014 BMW X3)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"The X3 is extremely attractive. The sculptured body gives the impression that the X3 is moving when it is standing still."

MIKE H., AZ (2014 BMW X3)

"Nice efficient styling should age well"

Anonymous, OR (2014 BMW X3)

"Timeless design"

JEAN J., LA (2014 BMW X3)

"Clean lines, practical, nice styling overall."

Anonymous, ON (2014 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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