Only minor updates are in store for the 2017 BMW X3 luxury SUV. They include optional wireless charging for select smartphones, a Wi-Fi hotspot and a new version of BMW's iDrive infotainment/audio control. Top-line xDrive35i models get keyless entry and lumbar support as standard.
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.
Slotting between the X1 and X5, the 2017 BMW X3 is the German luxury brand's compact sport utility vehicle or, as Bimmer likes to call it, "sports activity vehicle." That is apt, as the X3 prioritizes dynamics over ruggedness. The 2017 X3 remains one of the most fun-to-drive crossoverSUVs available. Being a BMW, the X3 also offers a long list of the premium amenities, though options easily swell the X3's nearly $40,000 starting price. Along with turbocharged 4- and 6-cylinder gasoline engines, the X3 stands out with an efficient yet powerful diesel option. The X3 remains a solid choice in the entry-level small luxury SUV space, but newer rivals like the Mercedes-Benz GLC and Jaguar F-Pace are equally if not more appealing.
"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."
Pros: "Handles great, fun to drive, power, power, power!"
Cons: "A few interior rattles"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Owned the X3 for just over a year now and love every minute I'm in it. This vehicle handles like a dream and takes the twisties like a champ! Can't beat the power of the 35i. X3 performed beautifully in the snow and had no issues. I'd highly recommend this car to a friend!"
Pros: "Fun to drive easy to learn the iDrive Technology"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"My first new Vehicle and I chose the 2012 X3 xDrive28i. I picked it up on 10/26/11. I am very pleased and although the added options cost a lot more than I planned I have no regrets. What a ride. The Technology package, Premium package and Heated seats/steering wheel makes the luxury a true pleasure. The Xenon headlights make its an even cooler SAV with those electro-mechanical lights. 3 cameras with Park Distance control takes the stress out of parallel parking especially living in New York City. You get use to the iDrive functionality easily.
I love it so much it makes me want to keep on driving."