2011 BMW X3 xDrive35i Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2011 BMW X3 - Road Test Specs

2011 BMW X3 SUV

(3.0L 6-cyl. Turbo AWD 8-speed Automatic)


Model year2011
StylexDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
Base MSRP$41,925
Options on test vehicleTitanium Silver Metallic ($550); Premium Package ($3,450 -- includes universal garage door opener; dual-pane power glass panel moonroof with tilt and slide functions, wind deflector and power sunshade; auto-dimming interior rearview mirror; auto-dimming and power-folding exterior mirrors; four-way front seat power lumbar support; interior light package; storage package; Nevada leather upholstery); Technology Package ($3,200 -- includes rearview camera with top-view feature; Park Distance Control [PDC] for front and rear bumpers; hard-drive-based navigation system with real-time traffic information and voice activation; online information services and Bluetooth audio functionality); Dynamic Handling Package ($1,400 -- includes dynamic damper control variable-rate electromagnetic shock absorbers; Performance Control; variable sport [variable ratio] steering; Driving Dynamics Control selector); Head-Up Display ($1,300); Sport Activity Package ($1,250 -- includes Sport automatic transmission; sport steering wheel with shift paddles; roof rails in aluminum satin; X-Line exterior trim package; eight-way power-adjustable front sport seats with two-way manually adjustable thigh support); Cold Weather Package ($1,150 -- includes heated steering wheel; 40/20/40-split rear seat backrest; heated front seats; heated rear seats; retractable headlight washers); Convenience Package ($1,150 -- includes power tailgate, comfort access keyless entry; cargo net; rear manual side window shades); Smartphone Integration ($150).
As-tested MSRP$55,525


Drive typeLongitudinal, Front-engine, All-wheel Drive
Engine typeTurbocharged, direct-injected, inline-6 with auto-stop/start
Displacement (cc/cu-in)2,979cc (182 cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing and lift
Compression ratio (x:1)10.2
Redline (rpm)7,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)300 @ 5,800
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)300 @ 1,200
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Transmission typeEight-speed automatic with console shifter and column-mounted paddles with sport/competition modes
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 4.714; II = 3.143; III = 2.106; IV = 1.667; V = 1.285; VI = 1.00; VII = 0.839; VIII = 0.667


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, driver-adjustable 3-mode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, driver-adjustable 3-mode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)19.5
Tire brandPirelli
Tire modelP Zero
Tire typeSummer performance front and rear
Tire size, frontP245/50R18
Tire size, rearP245/50R18
Wheel size18-by-8 inches front and rear
Wheel materialCast aluminum
Brakes, front12.8-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers
Brakes, rear12.6-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron discs with single-piston sliding calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.0
0-45 mph (sec.)3.5
0-60 mph (sec.)5.6
0-75 mph (sec.)8.5
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)14.1 @ 95.3
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)29
60-0 mph (ft.)115
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)66.0
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.86
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.3
@ Full throttle (dB)79.4
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)64.8

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsThis new single-turbo inline-6 has impressive power right off the line, especially considering it's rated at 300 hp and weighs almost 4,200 pounds. The AWD helps it launch very hard, much quicker than the last-gen X3 we previously tested that was only down by 40 hp. But although our quickest 0-60 came on the fourth run, our best quarter-mile came on the second run, getting consistently slower thereafter. Speed dropped by about 4 mph on the last run, pointing to heat soak.
Braking commentsPedal has a firm feel and the X3 barely squirms around at all. It's certainly aided by the Euro-spec summer tires. All five stops were right around 116 feet. The only odd thing was that the hazard light came on with every stop.
Handling commentsSkid pad: Plenty of grip from the X3's Euro-spec summer tires. It's difficult to get back on the power smoothly because of an annoyingly abrupt throttle delivery. Slalom: Even with stability control fully deactivated, you can feel electronic aids at work here, making for a disconnected feeling compounded by electric power steering, which has quicker-than-expected initial turn-in. It seems as if it senses you're about to roll, then stability control cuts in. But other times, it will alow for lurid power-on oversteer-slides such as around the last cone. I appreciate the fact that 100 percent of the power can be sent to the rear wheels.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)59.5
Relative humidity (%)16.3
Wind (mph, direction)2.8

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)19 city/26 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)19.5
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)17.7

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,222
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,184
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)51.2/48.8
Length (in.)183.0
Width (in.)74.1
Height (in.)65.4
Wheelbase (in.)110.5
Track, front (in.)63.6
Track, rear (in.)64.3
Turning circle (ft.)39.0
Legroom, front (in.)39.9
Legroom, rear (in.)36.8
Headroom, front (in.)40.7
Headroom, rear (in.)39.1
Shoulder room, front (in.)57.3
Shoulder room, rear (in.)56.0
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)27.6


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance4 years/50,000 miles


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front
Head airbagsFront and rear
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlTraction control
Stability controlStability control
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
NHTSA crash test, driverNot tested
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot tested
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot tested
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot tested
IIHS offsetNot tested

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