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2019 sDrive30i 4dr 4x2 Sports Activity Vehicle
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Price:   -  From $41,000
2019 xDrive30i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle Price:   -  From $43,000
2019 M40i 4dr All-Wheel Drive Sports Activity Vehicle Price:   -  From $54,650
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Overview

It's no secret that BMW built its reputation on sport sedans. These days, though, crossovers are filling the coffers of the Munich-based brand. Of the various stilted utility vehicles proffered by the blue-and-white roundel, the 2019 X3 comes off as a sort of Goldilocks, giving up some space compared to the larger X5 but managing to be more spacious than the lilliputian X1 and X2. It is rightly sized and smartly priced - in other words, good ammunition as BMW guns for the title of best-selling luxury marque.

What's New for 2019

The X3 was all-new for the 2018 model year, so there's no significant changes for 2019.

BMW X3

Choosing Your BMW X3

Pack a lunch and grab a water bottle or two: it's an arduous hike through the jungle of BMW Designs, Tiers, powertrains, and trim levels. Luckily, the underbrush of options for the X3 isn't as dense as, say, a 3 Series. Credit that to the fact that all X3s come in just one body style - the four-door, SUV-like two-box shape - and that only two engines are currently on tap.

The proletarian motor is a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, found in both the rear-drive sDrive30i and the all-wheel-drive xDrive30i. It produces 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and is paired with an eight-speed automatic. With this setup, 60 miles per hour arrives in six seconds flat.

Those with a need for speed will probably be hankering for something a little more visceral than the 248-horse 2.0-liter. BMW shows the full-throttle folks some love with the M40i's turbo six-cylinder. Making 355 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, it can shove the 4200-pound crossover to sixty in just 4.6 seconds, a figure that BMW claims is the best in this class.

While gas mileage has yet to be released for the 2019 model year, there's little reason to believe it should differ from the 2018 models. Expect 22 miles per gallon city and 29 highway for the 30i, and 20/27 for the M40i.

The two 30i models offer three Designs to choose from – xLine, Luxury, and M Sport. xLine is standard; it includes 18-inch wheels, black SensaTec leatherette seats, and Shadowline exterior trim (otherwise known as black plastic). For an additional $2,050 buyers can get the Luxury Design, which adds more chrome, leather seats with contrasting stitching, and piping, and a SensaTec dashboard. For $5,300 over the base xLine, the M Sport Design can be had, dressing up the X3 with an aerodynamic body kit, Shadowline trim, adaptive LED headlights, panoramic roof, 19-inch wheels, and aluminum trim.

Continuing with the 30i models, once a Design is chosen, the next step is to determine the Tier. The default Simplicity Tier is essentially the base model – standard features include ten-way power front seats, sport steering wheel, 12-speaker sound system, iDrive infotainment system, three-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, and auto-dimming mirrors.

The first upgrade is the $2,850 Convenience Tier, which includes Lumbar Support, SiriusXM radio, keyless entry, and a panoramic moonroof. The $6,250 Premium Tier includes all that as well as real-time traffic information, heated seats and steering wheel, navigation, Apple CarPlay, head-up display, and remote services. At $9,750, the Executive Tier includes the aforementioned, as well as active parking assist, gesture control, LED lights, digital gauge cluster, auto high beams, and surround-view camera.

Only once a Design and Tier have been chosen is access granted to colors, packages, and standalone options. For the M40i, there are (thankfully) no Tiers and Designs to choose from, so all that nonsense can be disregarded.

BMW X3

SDrive30i

The rear-drive-only sDrive30i starts at $41,995 (including a $995 destination charge). Along with the design and tiers, there are a few options packages. These include the $500 Driver Assistance Package, which includes blind spot detection and lane-departure warning. That can be supplemented by the more expensive and more comprehensive Driver Assistance Package Plus, which costs $1,700 and includes adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation, and pedestrian collision mitigation. For the performance minded, the $1,300 Dynamic Handling Package ratchets up the handling and response with M Sport brakes, variable sport steering, and dynamic damper control. There is also the Parking Assistance Package for $700, which includes parking-lot lifesavers like a surround-view camera, Parking Assistant Plus (which lets the X3 park itself), and the audible Park Distance Control.

Standalone options include heated front seats ($500), heated steering wheel ($190), wireless charging ($500), panoramic roof ($1,350), navigation ($1,700), and a Harman-Kardon sound system ($875).

BMW X3

xDrive30i

The $43,645 xDrive30i matches to a tee the sDrive30i – the only real difference is the xDrive all-wheel-drive system sending power to all four wheels and a slight rejiggering of the package prices. The Driver Assistance Package now costs $900 and the Dynamic Handling Package is $1,400. The la carte options are also an almost mirror image of the sDrive, with the only exception being Apple CarPlay compatibility ($300).

Notable differences regarding the Tiers include the addition of LED headlights and cornering lights on the Convenience Tier, no Apple CarPlay on the Premium Tier, and the 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster that comes with the Executive Tier.

BMW X3

M40i

The fastest and priciest X3 is called M40i and has a sticker price of $55,495. The brunt of that price bump is for the 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder; the rest of it goes towards the 14-way power front seats, hands-free hatch control, ambient lighting, SiriusXM, hill descent control and a specially tuned suspension. The contents of the Dynamic Handling Package are also standard.

Like the lower-spec X3s, the Parking Assistance Package, Driver Assistance Package, and Driver Assistance Package Plus are all available. Also on tap are a $2,950 Premium Package and $2,550 Executive Package, the contents of both having been plucked directly from the Premium and Executive Tiers, respectively. Note these packages only come with the Tier-specific doodads, while the Tiers themselves include their specific equipment along with the equipment of lesser Tiers (for instance, the Executive Tier includes the contents of the Premium and Convenience Tier, but the Executive Package doesn't come with all the Premium Package's goodies). Individual options match those of the 30i cars.

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While it's nice to blitz to sixty in just 4.6 seconds, the starting price of $56,000 is a little too dear to make it worthwhile; at that price, you can pick up better-equipped luxury crossovers that won't be that much slower off the line. The real winner here is the weather-ready xDrive30i done up in the Luxury Design and equipped with the Premium Tier. It costs $51,845, but comes with all the important luxury features customers are pining for.

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The 2019 BMW X3 is more refinement than redefinition, but it does its job with vigor. Utility is plentiful, and road manners continue to approach the standard set by the 3-Series. BMW’s polished interiors round off the package. The crossover segment continues to grow, and the X3 is a luxury mainstay. It deserves its place in the pantheon, but BMW can get ridiculous with the option pricing. Spec carefully, and you’ll be rewarded with a car that can fit in almost anywhere.

Best Value

The performance-oriented X3 M40i is excellent to drive, and it’s surprisingly efficient. Sadly, it’s almost a full $12,000 more expensive than an all-wheel-drive xDrive30i, which makes it hard to recommend for value.

The good news is that the smaller 2.0-liter four-cylinder is still a gem, especially in combination with the capable eight-speed transmission. BMW’s option structure is a maze, but we would keep things simple with the Premium Tier, which adds most of the most essential tech and luxury features, although a rearview camera is somehow not standard. To get one requires the Parking Assistance Package, which pushes the sticker price north of $50,000.

All told, our X3 would look like this:

  • Model: 2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder
  • Output: 248 hp / 258 lb-ft
  • Transmission:Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: 22 City / 29 Hwy
  • Options: Premium Tier ($6,150, lumbar support, XM radio, panoramic moonroof, LED headlights, keyless entry, navigation, a head-up display, heated front seats and steering wheel, traffic information), Parking Assistance Package ($1,300, front and rear parking sensors, parking assistant, surround-view camera), Metallic Color ($550).
  • Base Price:$43,645 (including the $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$51,645

Performance

BMW X3

Gifted with a balanced suspension and solid powertrains, the X3 is as strong a performer as you’re likely to find in this segment. The M40i model gets a peppy turbocharged six-cylinder engine good for 355 horsepower, which is excellent in combination with a sportier all-wheel-drive system. The X3 won’t off road any better than most crossovers, but it has enough clearance to handle a farm road or two.

The X3 suffers in the steering department, where an overly firm map masks some of the sensations. It necessitates experimenting with the damping settings, which loosen a bit in Comfort mode. Otherwise, it’s hard to criticize the X3’s capability – it’s a solid all-around performer.

Style

Starting with the 2018 model, the X3 got lower, wider, and longer. The glass is tall, which is a tad funky on the outside but lovely for visibility. Seat space is enough for adults to be comfortable in the back. In-car storage is thoughtful, with plenty of nooks and slots for phones, drinks, and gadgets. Infotainment is in the form of BMW’s iDrive system, which is capable once you get used to it.

For all the customizability, it’s hard not to come away from BMW’s option selection with a sour taste. Many options require others. Adding Apple CarPlay or a rearview camera to a base model requires first adding navigation, which means a full two grand gone. Without navigation, the central screen is a much smaller 6.5-inch unit. Even the colors are extra – all except non-metallic black and white are $550 options. On a vehicle with a starting price above $40,000, these pitfalls in the labyrinthine configurator feel harder to stomach.

The Best and Worst Things

Sedan-esque manners in a genuinely practical crossover are hard to pass up. We just wish BMW would iron out the list of standard features.

Right For? Wrong For?

BMW X3

The BMW X3 is right for adventurers who want a weather-ready car that’s still fun to drive. The X3 will fit all your ski equipment and even haul your buddies to the base, and in the summertime it handles curvy roads with aplomb.

Those who require the utility of a full SUV will still have to look elsewhere. A third row is reserved for the X5, and the X3 won’t keep up with a Range Rover off road. Despite its well-tuned suspension, it still doesn’t quite match the sports-car feel – it’s too tall for that. But in between these extremes, the X3 covers an awful lot of ground.

The Bottom Line

Buyers seem to be drifting more and more toward quiver-of-one cars. The 2019 BMW X3 comes closer than ever to delivering: fun in the corners, spacious and practical, and luxury where you need it (as long as you can pay). There are still reasons to check out competing models (Jaguar’s turbodiesel, Audi’s technology), but the X3 offers a package with temptingly few compromises.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 248 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Transmission
8-spd STEPTRONIC w/OD
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
23 / 30 / 26 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 248 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Rear-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
23 / 30 / 26 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
17.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$66
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
62.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
101 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
185.9 "
Exterior Width
74.4 "
Exterior Height
66.0 "
Front Headroom
41.1 " / 40.0 "
Rear Headroom
39.1 " / 38.5 "
Front Legroom
40.3 "
Rear Legroom
36.4 "
Front Shoulder Room
57.6 "
Rear Shoulder Room
56.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,034 Lbs.
Wheel Base
113 "
Turning Radius
19.7 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 20.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Bumpers
Body-colored With Metal-look Insert / Front Body-colored With Metal-look Insert
Grille Moldings
Metal-look W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Leatherette / Leather
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
12-way (10-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
12-way (10-way Power)
Front Armrests
12-way (10-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
12 / 19 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt Style
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
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Frontal Collision Warning W/city Collision Mitigation Forward Collision Mitigation / Active Driving Assistant Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Active Blind Spot Detection Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure Warning Lane Departure / Active Lane Keeping Assistant Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Traffic Jam Assistant Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Warning / Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Park Distance Control Front And Rear / Parking Assistant Plus Automated / Active Park Distance Control 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
36 Months / 36,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
144 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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