Used 2017 BMW X3 Diesel
Pros & Cons
- Pretty good performance and fuel economy from all available engines
- Generous passenger and cargo room for the segment
- High-quality cabin feels luxurious
- Interior is well-isolated from wind and tire noise
- Costs more than similarly equipped competitors
- Isn't much fun to drive without the sport-themed upgrade packages
- Tech interface has a steep learning curve
- Adaptive cruise control doesn't perform as well as some rivals
List Price Estimate
$22,291 - $25,817
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Which X3 does Edmunds recommend?
We like the diesel engine that powers the xDrive28d. It'll save you money on fuel over the long haul, yet it delivers strong performance on the open road. You'll get exceptional range, too, so you'll spend less time fueling up. Unless you're truly keen on maximum performance, it's the savvy way to go for most shoppers in this segment. There are some packages you should consider adding no matter which trim you choose. The Cold Weather, Driving Assistance and Premium packages add features that a luxury SUV should have
Edmunds' Expert Review
The X3's performance is good by universal measures, but it doesn't stack up favorably compared to newer rivals. Its turbocharged six remains plenty powerful, but it belongs to an outgoing engine generation that isn't ideally matched to the transmission. The steering is the biggest letdown.
The X3 is a mixed bag when it comes to comfort. The climate control system operates well, and the cabin does a good job of insulating against wind and road noise. But its busy ride quality is a real shortcoming.
The X3 scores well when it comes to accommodating drivers of all sizes and making it easy to climb in and out. There's a good amount of room available front and rear, though some could find the lower height of the rear bench off-putting. The new iDrive system is a step back.
With a max of 63.3 cubic feet of cargo space, the X3 is at the top of the segment. You can stow bicycles with the rear seats down, and the split seats fold completely flat. The door pockets are a good size but are not optimally shaped for large water bottles. The LATCH anchors are hard to access.
BMW's navigation system remains easy to use even if the rest of the iDrive system has taken a step back in user friendliness. We weren't wowed by the access and level of control to our phone's media library, but we appreciated the Wi-Fi hotspot browsing speeds and most of the advanced driving aids.
|Overall||3.5 / 5|
Features & Specs
See all Used 2017 BMW X3 Diesel features & specs
xDrive28d 4dr SUV AWD
2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A
27 city / 34 hwy
8-speed shiftable automatic
180 hp @ 4000 rpm
Our experts like the X3 models:
- Park Distance Control
- Sounds an alert as the X3 approaches an object in front of or behind the vehicle.
- Active Driving Assistant
- Warns the driver if a front collision is deemed imminent and can apply the brakes at low speeds. Also includes lane departure warning.
- Surround View
- Provides a top-down view of the X3 to aid in parking maneuvers.