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 enjoyment, comfort, luxury, utility, and high-tech features.
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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

"Exilerating performance, very good handling"

Clyde E., NC (2018 BMW X3)

"this car is amazingly quick. flooring the accelerator is like going to light speed in the millennium falcon"

Michael G., WA (2018 BMW X3)

"Amazing!"

Stephen M., ME (2018 BMW X3)

"comfortable ride"

Ralph W., FL (2018 BMW X3)

"it drives and handles as well as the previous BMWs we have owned"

Stephen H., TN (2018 BMW X3)

"This is the best car I have owned. I have had a lot of cars and consider myself knowledgeable about cars."

Anonymous, CA (2018 BMW X3)

"The X-3 is a beautiful driving machine. It is responsive and very controlable. You feel very safe driving this SAV."

Anonymous, VA (2018 BMW X3)

"I took the Performance Center Delivery. I'm impressed with the handling, especially dynamic stability control and braking."

Robert B., OH (2018 BMW X3)

"Good handling and acceleration. responsive."

Anonymous, WA (2018 BMW X3)

"The 'M40' package gives one the infamous 3.0L Twin-Turbo engine that accelerates like a rocket ship - off the line & passing. The handling is impressive - feels like the vehicle is on rails."

Frank M., FL (2018 BMW X3)

"amazing acceleration and handling"

Anonymous, PA (2018 BMW X3)

"It's the best car I've ever driven or owned...by far."

Anonymous, OR (2018 BMW X3)

"Unbelievable the performance this vehicle has for a four cylinder. It is fun to drive."

Jerry K., CO (2018 BMW X3)

"Superb handling and acceleration AND it sounds wonderful, too!"

Nick W., NY (2018 BMW X3)

"Very fast for a suv"

Anonymous, NC (2018 BMW X3)

"there's a reason why they call it the Ultimate Driving Machine"

Anonymous, NY (2018 BMW X3)

"The horsepower is great and readily available when needed. Gear shifting paddles on the steering wheel allow even more ability to accelerate and de-accelerate and the shifter allows ready access to a "Sports" mode as well."

Anonymous, NC (2018 BMW X3)

"Just a nice driving vehicle with all the creature and safety features"

P B., AB (2018 BMW X3)

"Quick, precise handling in Sport Mode, and the Twin Turbo straight six is a jewel with lots of low-end torque and beautiful sound delivered with incredible smoothness. Although I can't believe I'm saying this about and SUV, the M40i is truly fun to drive."

Jerry W., TX (2018 BMW X3)

"Competent, very sporty, strong acceleration. Fantastic handling."

Olivia M., NY (2018 BMW X3)

"Driving Machine!! Luxury of an SUV and drive like a sports car."

Anonymous, NY (2018 BMW X3)

"I'm not crazy about the engine switching on and off when stopped, but I get why it is set up that way. However, this car really shines when you have to accelerate into moving traffic or keep up with moving traffic on the freeway. The car doesn't break a sweat, even at 80mph. I generally hate driving but I LOVE driving this car."

Anonymous, PA (2018 BMW X3)

"Most powerful fun car to drive I have ever owned."

Anonymous, CA (2018 BMW X3)

"its quick for a four cylinder"

Anonymous, VA (2018 BMW X3)

"A whole new experience!! It’s ridiculously fun to drive. Have to keep reminding myself it’s a SUV."

Anonymous, NV (2018 BMW X3)

"very comfortable to drive, lots of acceleration for an SUV"

Edward P., WI (2018 BMW X3)

"Outstanding response and handling for it’s class with dynamic suspension that rivals a sport sedan."

David A., CT (2018 BMW X3)

"Outstanding handling at all times. Acceleration is adequate in ECO_PRO mode but great in COMFORT and SPORT modes"

Anonymous, CA (2018 BMW X3)

"The X3 M40i is bordering on extreme performance for a SUV type vehicle. It is fast, exhaust note is awesome and it handles and brakes well."

Patrick S., WI (2018 BMW X3)

"Quick acceleration and breaking while maintaining goof fuel economy. Handling is steady and reasonably quiet."

John M., MO (2018 BMW X3)

"Acceleration and handling are very good for an SUV. Of course it is inferior to our 2014 corvette, but this vehicle carries far more and is more versatile."

Roy W., MD (2018 BMW X3)

"One of the best cars I have driven. Terrific, smooth, responsive handling."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 BMW X3)

"Accellaration and safre handling."

Roger B., QC (2018 BMW X3)

"Love the acceleration with the M40i engine, among the fastest SUIVs we've test driven. Also the styling and size (roominess) of the car is just right for me."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 BMW X3)

"Impressively smooth and powerful acceleration and shifting. Drives well and handles well for a tall, heavy vehicle."

Kurt B., CA (2018 BMW X3)

"Love the handling. Turbo 6 is VERY fast."

Bruce T., GA (2018 BMW X3)

"The exhaust is louder than we’d like, but the acceleration and handling are excellent."

John M., NM (2018 BMW X3)

"Great acceleration handles like a sports car"

Anonymous, GA (2018 BMW X3)

"Acceleration is good and handling is great for a vehicle of this size and weight given the engine size. fuel economy is excellent."

Anonymous, SK (2018 BMW X3)

"Extremely fast acceleration and confidence-enhancing handling."

Anonymous, PA (2018 BMW X3)

"Acceleration is fantastic and it is very easy to go over the spped limit - but the system reminds me of that with a bing and flash on the HUD."

Devavrat P., NC (2018 BMW X3)

"Cornering; quietness; smoothness"

Anonymous, BC (2018 BMW X3)

"I think the auto stop really well designed, you are hardly aware that is turning off and on at stops."

Grover M., IN (2018 BMW X3)

"Very smooth driving, responsive, braking is quite good."

Anonymous, NY (2018 BMW X3)

"For an suv, it is very nimble. Good acceleration and cornering."

Joseph T., KS (2018 BMW X3)

"Because shifting is seamless the vehicle accelerates very quickly, handling in sport mode is as good or better than most sedans."

Marc L., CA (2018 BMW X3)

"Handles very well, good acceleration"

Anonymous, BC (2018 BMW X3)

"Handles extremely well and acceleration is well matched with the transmission."

Anonymous, UT (2018 BMW X3)

"plenty of power to pass at highway speeds, handles very well"

Anonymous, SK (2018 BMW X3)

"smooth in comfort mode. when put into sports plus car becomes angry and fun to drive!"

Anonymous, AZ (2018 BMW X3)

"Incredible acceleration and extremely confident handling in sport mode, but quiet and well mannered in comfort mode."

Howard H., NY (2018 BMW X3)

"Excellent drive and handling. Back to the old style BMW feel that I love so much. I sometimes forget I am driving a crossover because it drives better than most sedans."

Kyle S., TX (2018 BMW X3)

"Excellent performance for an SUV, especially when cornering or accelerating/braking."

Anonymous, MI (2018 BMW X3)

"This car is a blast to drive. It's like driving a little sports sedan with plenty of room for us."

James S., TN (2018 BMW X3)

"This a great driving car in the city and on the highway. Great acceleration and handling. Highway mpg is over 30."

Anonymous, TX (2018 BMW X3)

"This SUV accelerates and handles like a sports car"

Emi B., AZ (2018 BMW X3)

"Accelerates well in Comfort and Sport modes. Sport is notably powerful. Handling is fine, though steering takes come concentration because there may be a tendency to wander."

Anonymous, RI (2018 BMW X3)

"up high great view...bells and whistles side detection when changing lanes surround view when parking and reverse seat comfort quietness"

Mary Sue A., CA (2018 BMW X3)

"Excellent acceleration and handling"

Larry B., TX (2018 BMW X3)

"ability to change driving modes from gas saving to sport"

K K., SC (2018 BMW X3)

"Absolutely exhilarating! Corners are super easy -- I want to get this thing out on the track. It satisfies the sports car enthusiast in me while giving me the practicality I need."

Michael S., MO (2018 BMW X3)

"This SAV handles more like the 3 and 4 series that I have owned."

Mark G., MI (2018 BMW X3)

"Drives like a dream, very light on its feet, and feels nimble!"

Dean, WA (2018 BMW X3)

"Very peppy!"

Anonymous, MN (2018 BMW X3)

"I've owned or leased 6 BMWs. This one is the fastest and quickest I've driven. Fun, fun, fun. One caveat, I'm too old to drive this vehicle to it's full potential, but I'm enjoying it anyway!"

Mark M., CA (2018 BMW X3)

"Very smooth and responsive"

Anonymous, WA (2018 BMW X3)

"Adaptability to conditions from expressways to mountain roads"

Jeffrey S., NY (2018 BMW X3)

"This vehicle is very enjoyable to drive. Its performance characteristics can be varied between Eco Pro. Comfort, Adaptive , Sport and Sport Plus modes. Acceleration and handling is impressive for a SAV."

Tom L., MI (2018 BMW X3)

"Acceleration and handling on my 2018 X3 M40i is as good as my previous 2012 BMW 335i. And, the X3 sounds much better !"

William K., VA (2018 BMW X3)

"Great acceleration and sporty handling make this 2018 X3 a stand out SUV. Brakes are though very sensitive in sport mode."

Tim S., MI (2018 BMW X3)

"I have the adjustable shocks that gives me 4 levels of handling. It handles so well in Sport that I almost never go to Sport Plus. The vehicle has more sporting capability than I am willing to use on the public highway."

Anonymous, MA (2018 BMW X3)

"Power is boundless. X drive is fantastic - you can actually accelerate around corners instead of slowing."

Anonymous, BC (2018 BMW X3)

"Love the performance. For a 4 cylinder vehicle, it's got very good acceleration. Handling has 3 modes, sport, comfort and economy. Suspension and handling, transmission are adjusted by the modes. Sport mode has stiffer suspension, higher rpms before shifting, more exact steering. However, even in sport mode, this does not handle like a low slung sport model. Higher center of gravity tends, tends to feel unstable at cornering at speed. Has very good pickup on the highway, even at higher speeds. Feels very solid on highway driving at higher speeds (75-85 MPH)."

Anonymous, RI (2018 BMW X3)

"The M40i is an SUV that is an animal--The acceleration is very quick and aggressive and the handling is like a race car--every turn of the wheel is quick and smooth! This is an SUV for people who love sport car feel with room for people and other items like bags or groceries or Golf Clubs!"

Dennis F., NC (2018 BMW X3)

"Quick acceleration. Corners well"

David P., IN (2018 BMW X3)

"This is a quick car. Surprising acceleration for a 4 cylinder car. Handling is very good. Responsive and quick. The OEM tires could be better in grip."

Anonymous, OH (2018 BMW X3)

"This thing is fast! Handling is good for a SAV (SUV)."

Anonymous, FL (2018 BMW X3)

"I've owned a Mazda, Acura, several Honda's, Mercedes, Subaru, Toyota; but nothing compares to the way this car handles! It is soo much fun to drive!"

Anonymous, WA (2018 BMW X3)

"For a 4,000 lb vehicle, I find that this SUV will push you into the back of your seat, is amazing. I find the gas mileage excellent given the level of performance I have experience. It handles well, going around tight corners easily."

Anonymous, FL (2018 BMW X3)

"OUTSTANDING"

Henry D., PA (2018 BMW X3)

"It’s a dream to drive"

Elliot A., MO (2018 BMW X3)

"Engine performance"

Anonymous, FL (2018 BMW X3)

"The X3 has many driving options , sports mode, comfort and eco as well as manual shifting (launch mode), I am not an aggressive driver so haven't used much beyond custom or normal driving mode. Almost all local traffic so far. So far very impressed with acceleration and ride. Feels safe. Consumer Reports rated it tops for its class so that was one of the reasons I selected the X3 vs Audi Q5 and Porsche Macan. Also trunk storage space vs comparable SUV;'s was a major factor. I can put my golf clubs in crossways!"

Dale H., VA (2018 BMW X3)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Good support , quiet, handles well"

Anonymous, WA (2018 BMW X3)

"Quiet, handles bumps, pot holes much better than other SUV's I've driven."

Anonymous, FL (2018 BMW X3)

"Very quiet interior with non-stressful seat configurations. Can drive a long way before needing to pull over."

Frank M., FL (2018 BMW X3)

"The length of the seat cushion is long enough for thigh support on long drives. This was a problem we observed in other compact SUV's which made them unacceptable to us."

Anonymous, MN (2018 BMW X3)

"supportive seats, handles very well"

Anonymous, SK (2018 BMW X3)

"Seats are very comfortable once you figure out all of the adjustments. The car is very quiet and great for listening to the radio or music."

Anonymous, ME (2018 BMW X3)

"Amazing!"

Stephen M., ME (2018 BMW X3)

"Exceptionally quiet, very comfortable seats and excellent ride. There is zero road noise on a decent road. The seats are adjustable enough to fit my husband at 5’8‿ and myself at 5’1‿."

Karen P., OK (2018 BMW X3)

"excellent seats with lumbar support. can be in the car for hours. as comfortable as I expect a BMW to be"

Stephen H., TN (2018 BMW X3)

"Long trips are comfortable"

Anonymous, ME (2018 BMW X3)

"Seats are very supportive/comfortable with many available adjustments. Ride is firm but not jarring and surprisingly quiet. Heat and ventilation are also a plus."

Anonymous, NV (2018 BMW X3)

"Extremely quiet"

Anonymous, NC (2018 BMW X3)

"comfortable seats (heated), very little road noise"

Ralph W., FL (2018 BMW X3)

"Most comfortable and quite car I have ever owned."

Anonymous, CA (2018 BMW X3)

"The seats are very supportive and comfortable--The interior is very quiet--The ride is quick, aggressive, responsive, and smooth."

Dennis F., NC (2018 BMW X3)

"Seats very comfortable. Quiet smooth ride"

David P., IN (2018 BMW X3)

"Our new X3 M40i is taught, but smooth in comfort mode - makes a great daily driver with terrific seats, plenty of room and convenient cargo compartment. In Sport Mode, it feels like a true sports sedan with the kind sharp, crisp handling and invigorating acceleration I don't associate with an SUV."

Jerry W., TX (2018 BMW X3)

"Its 10 times quieter than the 2011 x3 after 7 hrs of driving I had no fatigue at all"

Anonymous, GA (2018 BMW X3)

"Very quiet and comfortable."

Anonymous, CO (2018 BMW X3)

"Very comfortable seats with multiple controls to customize your personal comfort. The front seats also have a seat extension to further support your upper legs. BMW also appears to use premium leather."

Anonymous, NC (2018 BMW X3)

"many adjustments for a comfortable seats"

Glenn C., MA (2018 BMW X3)

"The seats are comfortable, it is quiet inside, the ride and handling are excellent. This vehicle just eats up the highway miles."

Anonymous, SK (2018 BMW X3)

"None of the creature comforts was an option when I bought the car, I.e. cooled seats and advanced seat controls."

Anonymous, CA (2018 BMW X3)

"The seats are more comfortable than my 328. You can adjust the seats to almost any configuration"

Joseph T., KS (2018 BMW X3)

"Interior looks nice, but quality seems less than other models. There are a number of creaky parts."

Anonymous, NY (2018 BMW X3)

"This vehicle is easy to get in and out of. The seats are comfortable. The car is quiet inside. It is so capable that it is relaxing to drive, even for long distances and in the left lane of the interstates."

Anonymous, MA (2018 BMW X3)

"Seats and ride are excellent; Stock audio system is horrible"

Anonymous, CA (2018 BMW X3)

"After 9 Bmws these seats are incredible, so comfortable you could take a nap while driving! The new X3 is quieter than our 2012 X5 we just sold also."

Dean, WA (2018 BMW X3)

"The front seats are very comfortable. The ride is quiet and serene. Feels like a sport sedan than an SUV"

Anonymous, CA (2018 BMW X3)

"very quiet for an SUV. little road noise and seats are very comfortable."

Dawn L., CA (2018 BMW X3)

"Extremely comfortable and engine is very quiet. With adjustable ride modes handling is excellent. Transmission is the best I have ever experienced"

Marc L., CA (2018 BMW X3)

"Quiet ride, seats comfortable, smooth ride!"

Anonymous, WA (2018 BMW X3)

"Seats are very supportive and there is minimal wind noise"

Devavrat P., NC (2018 BMW X3)

"I had to get sports seat because of the other options I wanted to get. The sports seat are not very comfortable. I would have gotten regular seats if I was able to"

Anonymous, AZ (2018 BMW X3)

"Very quiet; comfortable ride, especially around corners or when accelerating; seats have a lot of adjustment to ensure comfort."

Anonymous, MI (2018 BMW X3)

"Very quiet and smooth ride."

Larry B., TX (2018 BMW X3)

"Very quiet on bad roads. DOesn't interfere with passenger conversation or car audio"

Anonymous, WA (2018 BMW X3)

"Excellent seats, smooth ride, and quiet"

Anonymous, BC (2018 BMW X3)

"I was hesitant to buy our first SUV but this car has grown on me. Ride s good, view forward is great as our the cameras that show the areas around the car when backing."

Ron O., CA (2018 BMW X3)

"The seats are the most comfortable I've ever experienced. The noise is muted and the ride is super smooth yet still enjoyable."

Michael S., MO (2018 BMW X3)

"Sport seats more comfortable than in previous X3 I owned. Quiet interior and good ride."

Anonymous, OH (2018 BMW X3)

"when the climate control fan is on high the fan noise is loud"

Anonymous, NY (2018 BMW X3)

"It’s very quiet"

Elliot A., MO (2018 BMW X3)

"Rattle iin the sunroof excellent seats good ride fun to drive"

Anonymous, MI (2018 BMW X3)

"seats are ventilate and very comfortable, both driver and passenger seats. Other cars we've owned have had inferior passenger seats (reduced number of adjustments between the driver's seat and passenger seat and sometimes a lousy passenger seating position). As far as noise etc., NVH in this car is the lowest of any vehicle we've owned. Our 2014 corvette had extremely comfortable seats (driver and passenger), rode as well with the magnetic ride selection in "touring", but was somewhat noisier."

Roy W., MD (2018 BMW X3)

"Quiet ride. Seats are comfortable and very adjustable - especially sport seat extension."

Anonymous, NY (2018 BMW X3)

"Many adjustments"

William K., NM (2018 BMW X3)

"The ride is excellent"

Lance B., MI (2018 BMW X3)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"Negotiated price was quite good relative to all the features you get. Also, very good trade-in value (higher than what Car Max offered)"

Anonymous, NJ (2018 BMW X3)

"I purchased the X3M40, which is my 10th BMW. I have had a 2002, 530, 325, 328, 525ix, 135, 435ix, and 2 x1s. The level of performance, comfort, and durability has been extraordinary throughout each model. This model stands out in each of these areas, plus it seems to be the most reasonably priced, and most luxurious model that I have owned."

Mark G., MI (2018 BMW X3)

"the changes they made for 2018 greatly increased the performance, PG and comfort levels"

Anonymous, MD (2018 BMW X3)

"Lots of clever standard features"

Anonymous, IL (2018 BMW X3)

"The X3 offered much of the luxury equipment found on larger more expensive SUV. the size in combination with the level of luxury makes the X3 a great value."

Anonymous, MN (2018 BMW X3)

"I bought just about every option available - save the big-engine version. Although the control systems available are complex, learning how to use them was easy because BMW provides multi-session training on all the controls at your request. All of the system perform well - from auto-parking to a specialized view for lining up the car as you enter a car-wash. I realize that many of the features I chose to add to the base car are "no-cost" options in non-luxury SUVs, but I'm satisfied with the balance between cost and utility in this car., because the added features are well-engineered. My "regret" is that the available trunk space, when traveling with four-people, is far more limited than an equivalent sedan."

Anonymous, NJ (2018 BMW X3)

"I used the Costco buying service. Pricing was disclose and I received the Costco printing plus an additional $2,000 incentive discount. The purchasing was easy and transparent. I feel I received a good deal for this vehicle."

Anonymous, CA (2018 BMW X3)

"Vehicle drives very nice, has plenty of power, and decent handling. I would just like to see more focus on good interior quality and lowering inside noise."

Anonymous, NY (2018 BMW X3)

"All around great mid size suv."

Anonymous, NY (2018 BMW X3)

"VERY SATISFIED , BY FAR BEST CAR i HAVE EVER HAD"

Henry D., PA (2018 BMW X3)

"0-60 in 4.5, great handling (albeit with a firm ride), room for 5 and luggage, what;s not to like. Its an SUV and sports car all in one. 55k out the door with all of the goodies except the safety (BLIS, LKAS, ACC, etc.)"

Robert H., CA (2018 BMW X3)

"Value is by far the best relative to peer set made by Volvo, Audi, Lexus, and Mercedes. Leasing deals are much more negotiable and the car is at the top of its class. I feel like I got the best car in the peer set AND I did so with the lowest monthly payments."

Anonymous, NY (2018 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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