2013 BMW X3 Video Review | Edmunds

2013 BMW X3 Video Review

  • This 2013 BMW X3 video review discusses the two available turbo engine choices and many features. We also go into its fuel economy, interior space and features, price and how it stacks up to other compact luxury crossover SUVs.

    The BMW X3 is one of our top recommended vehicles in its class. 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 its competitors. But it's more fuel-efficient at 24 mpg combined, and really, it's hard to tell there are only four cylinders.

    Of course, the X3 xDrive35i and its 300-horsepower turbo-6 offer acceleration that simply can't be beat by any other luxury compact. Its fuel economy stands at 21 mpg combined.

    Regardless of engine, the BMW X3 is definitely the most engaging and enjoyable SUV to drive in its class. The ride is on the firm side, but it's not harsh.

    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 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 $43,000.

    Besides the engines, both trims can be equipped equally. This xDrive28i costs around $50,000 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 the X3 in our video 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. The driver seat is fantastic, especially on long drives, and there's a lot of backseat space. The cargo area is also larger than its rivals, especially the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class.

    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 BMW 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 its generally cheaper competitors (Audi's Q5, Mercedes' GLK and Volvo's XC60) are all strong in different respects, so we definitely recommend you try them all out.

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