The X3 is lauded for its excellent handling, combining a nimble feel with stable footing in a variety of road conditions. The xDrive system uses dynamic stability control to monitor slippage and change the amount of power sent to each axle. The 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes are also dynamically controlled.
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Safety features include front and side airbags for the front seats and side curtain airbags for the entire cabin, hill descent control, and run-flat tires with tire pressure monitoring. There’s no shortage of comfort and convenience features, with 8-way power front seats, leatherette upholstery, climate control, rain-sensing wipers and a power tailgate.
The 12-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo system has an adaptor for iPods and other USB devices. The 3-spoke steering wheel includes audio controls and Bluetooth for hands-free phone use. Other cabin controls are managed with BMW’s iDrive system.
The BMW X3 offers luxury and quality with more cargo space than a sedan and enough power to do light work. It’s better suited to long-distance cruising than serious hauling.
The 28i comes equipped with a 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine, boosted by BMW’s TwinPower turbocharger to generate 240-hp. It gets 21 mpg in city driving and 28 mpg on the highway. Other than the 28i badging, there’s little to distinguish it from the 35i on the exterior. The interior sports matte silver trim.
The twin turbo, 3.0-liter, 6-cylinder engine in the 35i gives it 300-hp.The added power reduces mileage to 19 mpg (city) and 26 mpg (highway). This version of the X3 gains style points by adding adaptive headlights, wood trim in the interior, and a moonroof with automatic slide and lift controls.
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|Build & Price|
2014 BMW X3$41,000 | 9,735 mi
2014 BMW X3$42,675 | 5,564 mi
2014 BMW X3$43,625 | 7,076 mi
2014 BMW X3$50,975 | 13,255 mi
2013 BMW X3$27,885 | 37,883 mi
2013 BMW X3$34,931 | 27,908 mi
2013 BMW X3$37,990 | 16,923 mi
2013 BMW X3$40,988 | 8,127 mi
2013 BMW X3$40,990 | 14,569 mi
2013 BMW X3$41,993 | 8,273 mi
2012 BMW X3$29,777 | 49,513 mi
2011 BMW X3$28,000 | 36,307 mi
2011 BMW X3$30,500 | 27,404 mi
2011 BMW X3$30,988 | 36,010 mi
2011 BMW X3$34,900 | 28,115 mi
2011 BMW X3$35,993 | 46,290 mi
2011 BMW X3$36,990 | 43,175 mi
2010 BMW X3$27,990 | 42,015 mi
2008 BMW X3$16,996 | 83,977 mi
2008 BMW X3$23,995 | 62,086 mi
2007 BMW X3$15,777 | 83,462 mi
2007 BMW X3$16,999 | 106,479 mi
2006 BMW X3$11,820 | 92,551 mi
2006 BMW X3$12,995 | 96,568 mi
2006 BMW X3$13,978 | 73,879 mi
2005 BMW X3$10,295 | 131,937 mi
2005 BMW X3$12,995 | 76,228 mi
2004 BMW X3$13,000 | 53,470 mi
The GLK 350 boasts a 3.5-liter, 6-cylinder engine, and is very similar to the X3 in terms of luxury. The biggest difference may be aesthetics.
Though it's more powerful, the EX37 is not as refined, but it does offer a rear wheel drive option.
Audi's Quattro AWD system makes this as surefooted as they come, but the Q5 lacks power compared to the X3.
The Evoque has that distinctive Range Rover look, but suffers from limited cabin and cargo space.