BMW expands Bluetooth functionality for the 2016 X3 by offering dual connections and integrating Mobile Office, which expands connectivity to include email, calendar, texts and other functions through BMW ConnectedDrive.
The 2015 BMW X3 gets a new 2.0-liter diesel engine, promising excellent fuel economy without sacrificing performance. A new base model offers rear-drive only for the first time, lowering the entry price for the X3. The X3 also gets a new grille and headlights, among other styling updates.
After the introduction of the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in the xDrive28i last year, there is little change in the line for 2014. The Technology Package now includes USB connectivity and Bluetooth with smartphone integration. The Navigation/iDrive system gets some further refinements. Some packages and availability are shuffled.
2013 sees the introduction of a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that replaces the naturally aspirated (non-turbo) inline-6 in past xDrive28i models. Although this engine is smaller, it creates the same amount of horsepower and more torque than the former 6-cylinder engine, while attaining better fuel economy: up to 28 mpg on the highway.
2011 BMW X3 offers more of everything: It's larger, more refined inside and out, comes with more standard equipment, more power underhood...and, in xDrive28i form, starts for less than the previous generation.
An available Sport Activity Package adds Star Spoke 18-inch wheels, running boards, leather-wrapped steering wheel and privacy glass. Active Headrests are made standard, while the Ambient Lighting Package is now part of the Premium Package.
The much-improved 2007 X3 has a new 260-horsepower in-line six-cylinder engine, a new six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission, enhanced Dynamic Stability Control, new standard and optional features and appearance updates front, rear and inside.
BMW calls the
2016 BMW X3 a "sports-activity vehicle," but maybe it should be "sports-activity-technology vehicle." With tightly integrated USB and Bluetooth now standard, the BMW X3 luxury
SUV acts as a Mobile Office. Literally, that's what it's called, and it gives you the ability to check email, texts, calendar events and other office-type functions through BMW ConnectedDrive. The new BMW X3 is also one of the few vehicles out there that can accommodate two USB connections at once. None of this detracts from its dynamic driving nature that makes it feel more like one of the company's sports
sedans, whether you're picking the fuel-thrifty X3 xDrive28d diesel, budget-oriented X3 sDrive28i rear-drive model or the all-wheel-drive X3 xDrive28i or X3 xDrive35i performance models.
Pros: "Smooth lively chassis and outstanding motor/tranny"
Cons: "BMW should offer more standard features for the $$"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"This is the 14th BMW I have owned, from a 3 series convertible, to an M3, to a 740IL. They are all great. This car is the most versatile and fun to drive.
The major joy factor in this car is the inline twin turbo six. 300 HP, 300 ft lbs and a little known option for $1400 called "Dynamic Handling Package" Well worth the money. You will seldom see this option on a BMW that the dealer ordered for their lot. I ordered this car from the factory, well worth the wait.
There is a three position electric drive mode. Eco.........boring, comfort..very convenient for rough roads, and sport........wow! Sport livens up the chassis and steering, and shifts the 8speed auto like you would shift a manual. It holds gears down hill and is amazingly "smart"
The torque and power delivery is amazingly smooth, and no turbo lag. There is a small turbo for off the line acceleration, and the larger one kicks in seamlessly as the rpm's rise. I believe 0-60 is 5.3, which is pretty darn good for a crossover. I average 20mpg, all around, but NEVER use eco mode. This car holds three guys and three sets of golf clubs very well.
I live on the Big Island of Hawaii, where there are all two lane roads..........passing is a breeze, and fun. Brakes are also outstanding. I have put on 10,000 trouble free miles. Only one visit to the dealer, 9000 mile free service.
I traded a 2010 BMW X5 diesel for it, which was a great car too, but not as much fun to drive
You would not regret this car!!."
"Looks great, handles great and it is quick. However, if you are not used to high tech gadgetry, run forest run! I have owned BMW autos for over 25 years, everything from 320 to M3 and M5. After 6 months there are still items that I cannot use and the Dealer cannot either! They best feature is the heads up display, it works great. The directional system is cumbersome at best and a pain to use. The worst thing is the ride, it is rough and you feel every pebble and crack in the highway! The dealer said the ride was due to the run flat tires. The wife,s 2014 328i rides good. Be careful with this one."
"Don't know what the KBB reviewer means about no leg room--this is a very roomy vehicle, both front and back! Drives smoothly, with plenty of road information without the bumps; luxe interior with lots of standard equipment. This one will appeal both to people with things to haul--children, dogs, bicycles, etc.--and to those who want something sporty and interesting to drive. The 28i gets 4 stars to leave room for the 30i with its slightly more powerful engine. I drove many other vehicles in this class before purchase--about 15 of them, from the Audi to the Honda--and this was the best for the money, hands down."