2013 BMW X3 Video Review
The BMW X3 is one of our top recommended compact luxury SUVs. It's spacious, engaging to drive and pretty efficient given its powerful engines. You just have to be prepared for a hefty sticker price.
The X3 now comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder in the base xDrive28i model. It produces just as much power as the outgoing six-cylinder, and is just as quick as competitors like the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60. But it's more fuel efficient than both at 24 mpg combined, and really, it's hard to tell there are only four cylinders.
Of course, the xDrive35i and its 300-hp turbo-6 offer acceleration that simply can't be beat by any other luxury compact. Its fuel economy stands at 21 mpg combined.
Now, regardless of engine, the X3 is definitely the most engaging and enjoyable SUVs to drive in its class. The ride is on the firm side, but it's not harsh.
The Insurance Institute named the X3 a Top Safety Pick.
Unlike some past BMWs, the X3 comes with a lot of standard equipment. But it all comes at a hefty price of around 38,000. That's pricier than all its rivals and if you step up to the more powerful 35i, it costs more than 43 grand.
Besides their engines, both trims can actually be equipped equally. This 28i costs around 50 grand and comes with packages that include things like a navigation system, a rearview camera and a panoramic sunroof. It also has the M Sport package, which is why this particular X3 looks a little different.
There's more to that price than just equipment, though. The X3's cabin looks great and it's built well. These seats are fantastic, especially on long drives, and there's a lot of back seat space. The cargo area is also larger than its rivals, especially the Mercedes GLK.
BMW's iDrive interface allows you to do things you never could before. But, it's pretty complicated and the Audi and Mercedes systems in particular are easier to use.
The X3 is truly one of the best, most appealing luxury crossovers regardless of the engine you get. But it does come at a higher price, and the generally cheaper Audi Q5, Mercedes GLK and Volvo XC60 are all strong in different respects so we definitely recommend you try them all out.
For more information on the BMW X3 and all its rivals, go to Edmunds.com.