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2016 BMW X3

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2016 sDrive28i 4dr 4x2 Sports Activity Vehicle
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Price:   -  From $38,950
2016 xDrive28i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle Price:   -  From $40,950
2016 xDrive28d 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle Price:   -  From $42,450
2016 xDrive35i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle Price:   -  From $46,800

Overview

The BMW of compact crossovers, the X3 brings athletic road manners to a class that's focused mainly on efficiency and utility. The X3 does pretty well in those departments, too, making it a compelling lifestyle vehicle for couples and small families.

What's New For 2016

Six-cylinder models get a premium Harman Kardon sound system as standard equipment.

BMW X3

Choosing Your BMW X3

BMW X3

The X3 starts out with a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder good for 240 horsepower. The engine can be paired with rear-wheel drive or BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system, which comes standard with the optional diesel and six-cylinder engines.

The diesel version of the 2-liter puts out 180 horsepower and achieves 30 mpg in combined driving. The range-topping choice, a 3-liter six-cylinder turbo, delivers 300 horsepower for class-leading performance. All engines are joined by an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The X3 can accommodate up to 63 cubic-feet of cargo, about what you would expect in a crossover of this size.

Like most BMWs, the standard equipment on any X3 won't impress many luxury buyers. Its four trim levels correspond mainly to engine and drive type:

  • sDrive28i: Equipped with the 2-liter turbo and rear-wheel drive, plus a power tailgate, power seats in premium vinyl, Bluetooth phone and audio, BMW's iDrive electronics interface, a 12-speaker sound system with HD radio, and wood interior trim.
  • xDrive28i: Adds all-wheel drive with hill descent control.
  • xDrive28d: Same as above, but with the diesel engine.
  • xDrive35i:Carries the six-cylinder engine, plus adaptive xenon headlamps, LED running lights, a panoramic sunroof and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system.

Any X3 can be outfitted with one of two trim lines:

  • The xLine features aluminum exterior trim and lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels.
  • The M Sport line comes with sport seats, 19-inch double-spoke wheels, and specific interior and exterior trim.
BMW X3

Most other options are grouped into packages. The popular Premium Package includes leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof (standard on the xDrive35i), keyless ignition, a hands-free tailgate and satellite radio. The Cold Weather package gets you heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel and retractable headlamp washers.

The Technology package includes a head-up display, integrated smartphone apps and a navigation system (also available separately). For enhanced stability when hitting the curves, the Dynamic Handling adds adaptive suspension dampers and a revised power steering system.

The Driver Assistance Package equips the X3 with a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors, while Driver Assistance Plus tacks on a surround-view camera system, active collision mitigation, blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning. Adaptive cruise control can be added to the package at additional cost. Rounding out your choices are upgraded exterior lighting for each model and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system.

CarsDirect Tip

With the available trim lines and rich option packages, it's remarkably easy to add $10,000 or more to the X3's price. We recommend starting with the Premium package and prioritizing additional selections based on your budget and driving habits.

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Expert Review

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Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

Choosing between a luxury car, a sports car or an SUV can be tough. Fortunately with the BMW X3, you don’t have to. It conveniently combines all three categories into a compact luxury crossover that is sure to please.

Pricing and Equipment

It's best to think of X3 trim levels in two mix-and-match ways: four-cylinder or six-cylinder and rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The entry level X3 28i is priced from $39,000 and comes standard with:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • SensaTec upholstery
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Power-folding, heated side mirrors

The XDrive 28i we tested also came with Surroundview ($750), a camera system that gives you a 360-degree view around the car and heightens situational awareness. We recommend you get it. It also had the Harman Kardon surround sound system ($875) -- a big plus for audiophiles.

Performance Pros

BMW X3

We found the turbocharged 240-horsepower four-cylinder to be very responsive. There was no hesitation between our hitting the pedal and the engine delivering power. Apparently, BMW’s twin scroll turbo technology has done its job of eliminating turbo lag.

Other performance notes:

  • The 4WD xDrive system splits power 60/40 with the front and rear wheels. The result? Better handling, traction and control. If you live in colder climates, the xDrive is a must.
  • We discovered that the X3's 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque deliver more than respectable performance for what is still essentially a family car.

Performance Cons

  • Sort of a pro and a con in one: The X3’s suspension is so athletic and firm, it takes some getting used to. The uncanny lack of roll and pitch when we turn or brake feels strange at first.
  • We sampled the X3’s off-road capabilities, and the main takeaway is that it's really is more of a luxury vehicle with added traction than a 4x4. Then again, most BMW drivers are not know for off-roading weekends.

Interior Pros

  • We love the spacious, roomy cabin -- it feels like a luxury sedan.
  • Space, space and more space. This is one of the X3's strongest selling points.

Interior Cons

  • To us, the controls and LCD felt a little confusing and cluttered at first.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Handling. This thing hugs the road like a BMW should. We feel the X3 far exceeds others crossovers in this arena.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Packages are too pricy. We know it’s a BMW, but you could easily add $10,000 to this vehicle with technology and performance packages.

The Bottom Line

BMW X3

We are definitely on-board with the X3. It offers a great combination of utility, performance and luxury. And it lives up to its BMW pedigree. We recommend going with one of the xDrive four-wheel drive models, especially if you live in colder climates. It delivers better traction, handling and safety which is critical for a family vehicle operating in northern states.

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Specs & Features

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Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 240 HP / 260 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 8-spd STEPTRONIC w/OD
Available: 8-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
21 / 28 / 24 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 240 HP / 260 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
21 / 28 / 24 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
17.7 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$68
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
63.3 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
183.8 "
Exterior Width
74.1 "
Exterior Height
66.1 "
Front Headroom
40.7 "
Rear Headroom
39.1 "
Front Legroom
39.9 "
Rear Legroom
36.5 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.3 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,030 Lbs.
Wheel Base
111 "
Turning Radius
19.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Gray Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Bumpers
Body-colored / Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Metal-look W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish / Stainless Steel With Black Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leatherette / Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Sport
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / 10-way (8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power) / 10-way (8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power) / 10-way (8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
9 / 16 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Sport
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Front And Rear / Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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