As it enters its seventh year of production, the 2017 BMW X3 epitomizes the old "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" philosophy. Boasting generous passenger and cargo room, a trio of strong performing yet fuel-efficient engines and handling that is more sport sedan than sport utility, the X3 remains a top choice in this segment, despite its advanced (in car years) age.
The chiseled body of the 2017 BMW X3 does a good job of hiding the fact that it provides plenty of space for passengers, especially in the backseat. And there is ample cubic inches for cargo. Indeed, the X3 ranks near the top of its class in both categories in terms of roominess. Additional kudos go to the X3's luxurious cabin for its high-quality materials and user-friendly controls. The latter in particular includes an intuitive and quick responding touchscreen infotainment interface.
An array of four trim levels, which essentially denote the engine and drivetrain, comprise the 2017 BMW X3 lineup. Specifically, they are sDrive28i, xDrive28i, xDrive28d and xDrive35i. The term "sDrive" equates to rear-wheel drive, while "xDrive" means all-wheel drive. Further translation reveals that "28i" means a turbocharged four, "28d" means a turbocharged diesel four, and "35i" means a turbocharged inline six.
All versions of the X3 offer good off-the-line acceleration, with zero-to-60-mph times ranging from 5.8 seconds for the "35i" to 7.8 seconds for the "28d." And all deliver very impressive fuel economy, too, as the EPA estimates range from 21 mpg combined (19 city/26 highway) for the xDrive 35i to about 30 mpg combined (27 city/33 highway) for the xDrive 28d.
Being a BMW, the X3 expectedly commands a pretty penny, and on paper may not seem to deliver as much value as some rivals. Even still, all the "28" versions come well stocked with plenty of standard luxury features, such as a power liftgate, eight-way power front seats and a nine-speaker audio system, while the "35i" adds a few more perks, such as xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof and keyless entry/ignition.
The 2017 BMW X3 offers a winning combination of an engaging and rewarding driving experience paired with a roomy and welcoming interior. When you are in the market, Edmunds is ready to help you find the ideal 2017 BMW X3.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.