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BMW X3

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3.5 (Good)

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Generations

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.

2018 - 2020 BMW X3

3/4 Front Glamour 2020 BMW X3

Major changes included:

Despite sharing the same displacement as the outgoing model’s motors, the new X3 features brand new engines that are more powerful. The base engine is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that produces 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The engine makes eight more horsepower than the old turbocharged engine. Thanks to an eight-speed automatic transmission,... Read more »

2018 | 2019 | 2020

2011 - 2017 BMW X3

3/4 Front Glamour 2017 BMW X3

Major changes included:

The X3 is available in two trim levels: xDrive28i and xDrive35i. The xDrive28i is powered by a 240-hp 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine, while the xDrive35i gets a 300-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder; both engines are paired to a new eight-speed automatic transmission with Steptronic manual shift mode. Standard equipment on the xDrive28i includes 17-inch alloy... Read more »

2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

2004 - 2010 BMW X3

3/4 Front Glamour 2010 BMW X3

Major changes included:

The 2004 BMW X3 is an all-new, mid-level, near-luxury sport-utility powered by the company's proven six-cylinder engines. The X3 is equipped with BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system, Dynamic Stability Control and Hill Descent Control, all designed to give it tenacious grip and secure control in less than favorable conditions. BMW may build the ultimate driving machine,... Read more »

2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010

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