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

“Compared with previous cars, including an X3 predecessor, handling is both more precise but with less road feel. Less 'driving machine' but also less tiring on long trips. Feels more 'fly by wire' than previous cars. I miss the option to choose a manual transmission, which I drove for 40 years.”

Anonymous, NJ (2015 BMW X3)

“Acceleration is unexpectedly far superior to expectations for a 4-cylinder engine. Feel of the road (feeling control, smooth ride, sway) when not traveling on a perfectly-graded road is inferior,”

Anonymous, VA (2015 BMW X3)

“Acceleration is good; handling is so inferior to older (mechanical) models of same vehicle.”

Anonymous, NJ (2015 BMW X3)

“I find that unlike cars I have had in the past this car handles very well on curves on highways. I never have to put on brakes like I used to do when going around curves”

Anonymous, ME (2015 BMW X3)

“Difficult to believe this a 4-Cylinder engine. Not neck-snapping acceleration, but much more than adequate. Handling of the vehicle is on par with a sedan or coupe rather than an SUV, yet ride is not harsh. Has the familiar BMW firmness.”

MIKE M., FL (2015 BMW X3)

“Seems that all BMW's have a great driving experience especially when going over 40 MPH.”

HOWARD R., CA (2015 BMW X3)

“Consistently great performance, accurate handling, and very good mileage (26 mpg average.) It feels like a sports sedan.”

MARC G., MA (2015 BMW X3)

“Acceleration and handling are excellent for SUV. Braking is so-so - previous 2011 X5 was much better for brakes.”

Anonymous, AB (2015 BMW X3)

“It performs well, handling is excellent and acceleration is very good for the size of the engine.”

LUSTER G., CO (2015 BMW X3)

“For a small engine, great pickup. 3 series are very agile.”

Anonymous, IL (2015 BMW X3)

“Softer ride and looser handling than with previous BMW”

ROBERT B., NB (2015 BMW X3)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

“12 way adjustable seats with inflatable side bolsters are very comfortable”

Anonymous, NJ (2015 BMW X3)

“This is a dark blue exterior color. The A/C is not as powerful as most vehicles that I've had in the past. Takes longer to cool the vehicle than it should. Once it IS cooled down, it maintains the desired temp just fine.”

ROBERT C., PA (2015 BMW X3)

“The air vents are noisy.”

Anonymous, UT (2015 BMW X3)

“Seats could be more comfortable and plush.”

S K., VA (2015 BMW X3)

“Its a soccer-mom car but it drives like a sedan - very comfortable -”

RON C., AZ (2015 BMW X3)

“I had a Honda CR-V for 11 years. It was a reliable vehicle but very noisy on the highway. My BMW is amazingly quiet . . . and I have the diesel engine. I'm very impressed with the ride I get now.”

DAVID M., WY (2015 BMW X3)


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

What Owners Say

“Like most BMWs, the options really drive up the price and this would make me hesitant to recommend the car to some friends.”

Anonymous, NJ (2015 BMW X3)

“Options are expensive. Could not get side warning without an expensive option package.”

Anonymous, VA (2015 BMW X3)

“The car had a major instrument problem after only 20 months. The "cluster" had to be replaced. Fortunately it was on warranty but that is disappointing for bot even 2 years use. This is a $3000 part.”

Anonymous, MB (2015 BMW X3)

“Some of the "advanced" safety features (Dynamic Cruise, side cams, blind spot detection, active anti collision) are quite effective but very expensive options. Other mfrs offer these and more at much lower price points. Such "active" safety features are literally life-saving; IMO no car should be sold without them. They should either be standard or offered at price levels that allow more rather than less to have them. In that vein, the now common "lane departure warning" system is both annoyin”

PAUL C., MA (2015 BMW X3)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

“I think it is a very nice looking vehicle especially compared to others in its class”

LUSTER G., CO (2015 BMW X3)

“Nice BMW look. Great color - exterior and interior.”

Anonymous, IL (2015 BMW X3)

“I like everything but the color. BMW colors are boring in this style of car. Orange or bright blue would be lovely.”

LOFTUS B., CT (2015 BMW X3)

“Beautiful design and trim inside and out.”

Anonymous, MB (2015 BMW X3)

“Rides very well but I would get an upgraded model next time for creature comforts plus blind spot add-on.”

Anonymous, VA (2015 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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