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About BMW X3

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 crossover SUVs 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.

2017 BMW X3
What's new for 2017?
2017 BMW X3

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.

  • Expert Rating: 8.8
  • Consumers Rating: 8.6
  • MPG 21|28
2016 BMW X3
What's new for 2016?
2016 BMW X3

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.

2015 BMW X3
What's new for 2015?
2015 BMW X3

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.

2014 BMW X3
What's new for 2014?
2014 BMW X3

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 BMW X3
What's new for 2013?
2013 BMW X3

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.

2012 BMW X3
What's new for 2012?
2012 BMW X3

With an all-new X3 in 2011, the changes for the 2012 BMW X3 are little more than tweaks to an already well-received SUV redesign.

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