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BMW X3 2018 4-door SUV
BMW's redesigned, third-generation X3 adds upscale cabin amenities, technology, and safety features. The previous X3 was already among CR's highest-rated models in its category of modestly sized, luxury SUVs. Most X3s are the 30i version, which uses a 248-hp, 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine. It offers quick acceleration and returned 24 mpg overall in our tests. The uplevel M40i gets a 355-hp, turbo six-cylinder. As before, its smooth eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive are standard. The new X3 is super quiet inside, with impeccable fit and finish. Handling is quite responsive, and the ride is firm yet absorbent. The latest generation of the iDrive infotainment system has been simplified. Blind-spot and lane-departure warnings, as well as low speed automatic emergency braking, are common options.

Road Test

The redesigned, third-generation X3 picks up and improves upon where the previous version left off, keeping its title as one of the best-driving compact SUVs. The X3 proves itself to be impressively talented, thanks to its desirable blend of driving...

Highs

  • Taut, agile handling makes it fun to drive
  • Quiet cabin

Lows

  • No standard AEB for this price
  • Some controls require a learning curve

Best Version to Get

Make sure to get an X3 with, at a minimum, the Driving Assistance package. This gets you low-speed AEB, blind-spot warning, and forward-collision warning. The more-expensive Driving Assistance Plus package adds full-speed AEB, active lane-keeping assistance, and adaptive cruise control. As...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD
Warranty
  • Basic: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 4 year/50,000 miles
  • Rust through: 12 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 4 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 8-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (248 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (355 hp)

Ratings

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Performance
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