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Used 2017 BMW X3 xDrive35i SUV Review

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 BMW X3 xDrive35i SUV.

Most helpful consumer reviews

5 out of 5 stars
My first BMW SUV
Rbgamer,05/30/2018
xDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
I have had two other BMWs in the past and loved them. This is my first foray into BMWs SUV world. I have to say that I love this vehicle just as much if not more than my others. It is a medium size SUV but is engineered inside to provide maximum storage and comfort. With the upgrade to the 6 cylinder (which is the engine I am use to having), the fun to drive factor and performance is … definitely still there. My family had to run from hurricane Irma and this was our vehicle of choice to do so because we could count on its reliability, mpg, and roominess for us to take our two dogs and other essentials. Update: Still loving this vehicle and have had no problems with it. Update: Have had this vehicle for 3 years now with no problems. I still enjoy driving it and being able to haul around whatever I need to in it. I still love it. Update: I have now had my X3 for 5 years and it is still a great vehicle. I have had to get a new tires, a battery and do a brake fluid change out but other than that and the normal oil and filter changes, everything is in good shape. I recently took it on a 1,500 mile road trip and it did great. I STILL love it and am glad I bought it!
5 out of 5 stars
Love the X3
Kathleen Nordin,12/17/2017
xDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
Perfect size - not to big or small. Love all the technology - satellite orientation including view for parking. Love the BMW ap for ease in destination info from my calendar. Love the “heads up” info in the drivers view on the front window. Very comfortable seating w/ plenty of room in the back seat. Includes CarPlay for integration with my iPhone! Best of all our experience with … purchasing the vehicle at BMW was exceptional - no “car salesmen” mentality or pressure. Appreciated the visit with their BMW ‘Genius” to go over all the technology and bells/whistles. He answered all our questions and went over everything in approachable manner. Driving the X3 is a great experience.
5 out of 5 stars
POCKET ROCKET
TONY CONYERS,10/25/2016
xDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
I own a 2004 x5 v8 which I passed on to my son, Pretty good performance, and utility, and durability. I started shopping 6 months ago for a new vehicle. and I drove everything before returning to BMW ( I had a loaner x3 w/ 2.8 engine , and felt it was "pokey") So this time, I tried a 2017 x3 3.5 xdrive WITH M Sport package- I am a big fan of the seat cushion extension- and WOW. This … machine really moves. I feel like the Little Old Lady From Pasadena- except I am 70, & living in Scottsdale. I can't say enough good things about this vehicle. Perfect for me at 6'3" , and I can haul lumber, boxes, whatever. The styling is great too. Worth the $$. Tony.
5 out of 5 stars
Finally found the right vehicle
MRM,02/05/2017
xDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
I love this vehicle! I have the x3 v6 msport. Purchased in July last year and have about 6k miles. It's so quick, it hugs the road, corners extremely well, and is so fun to drive. The interior is comfortable and the technology was very easy to figure out. I have a 4 year 50k warranty bumper to bumper. The maintenance program went to 3 yr 36k for the 2017 model year, but ok with me. … I test drove so many vehicles before deciding and couldn't be happier with my choice.

Edmunds Summary Review of the 2017 BMW X3 xDrive35i SUV

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


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

Full Edmunds Review: 2017 BMW X3 SUV

What’s new

For 2017, the iDrive interface included with the optional navigation system is updated to the latest version. The xDrive35i now comes standard with keyless ignition and entry, power lumbar adjustment and satellite radio. The options list is also bolstered with wireless charging and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Vehicle overview

A seven-year life cycle is an eternity in car years, especially when the vehicle in question is a member of the very popular luxury compact crossover class. But even with a new version arriving for 2018, the 2017 BMW X3 still holds its own against newer rivals. Much of that is because of a comprehensive refresh in 2015, which updated the X3's exterior and interior styling, among other enhancements. This year's revisions to the iDrive infotainment system and new standard features to the xDrive35i trim only add to its appeal.

We've always considered the X3 one of the top choices in the segment, and the 2017 model is no different. In terms of the rear seat and cargo area, the X3 boasts one of the roomiest interiors in the class. That's massively important if you have visions of taking your friends camping for the weekend and don't want to upgrade to the larger (and more expensive) X5. That recent refresh also means all the latest and greatest tech and safety toys are on the options list, from a 360-degree camera to adaptive cruise control and a head-up display.

On the downside, the X3 is more expensive than most in this class. A rearview camera, which comes standard on nearly every economy car these days, is an optional extra. If you can stomach the high price tag, the 2017 BMW X3 remains a class leader amid an array of newer competitors.

2017 BMW X3 models

The 2017 BMW X3 is offered in four trim levels: sDrive28i, xDrive28i, xDrive28d and xDrive35i. These trims are primarily differentiated by their powertrains, rather than their features. The sDrive28i (rear-wheel drive) and xDrive28i (all-wheel drive) are powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine, while the xDrive28d uses a diesel. All three of these cost roughly the same. The xDrive35i is driven by a significantly more powerful turbo six-cylinder engine, but it's much pricier. This is partially because it includes the Premium package, which is optional on the others.

Under the hood of the sDrive28i and xDrive28i is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (240 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque), while the xDrive28d uses a diesel engine of the same displacement (180 hp, 280 lb-ft). An eight-speed automatic is standard across the board.

Apart from their powertrains, the sDrive28i, xDrive28i and xDrive28d are equipped equally. Standard equipment includes 18-inch wheels, roof rails, rear privacy glass, automatic headlights, LED foglights, automatic wipers, a power liftgate, power-folding auto-dimming mirrors, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats with driver-seat memory functions, SensaTec simulated leather upholstery, a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, ambient lighting, Bluetooth, the iDrive electronics interface, and a nine-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD radio, a USB port and an auxiliary audio jack.

A Premium package is available for these trims, adding keyless ignition and entry, front seat power lumbar adjustment, a panoramic sunroof and satellite radio. This package is standard on the xDrive35i, along with the six-cylinder engine (300 hp, 300 lb-ft), adaptive xenon headlights and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system (available on the other models as a stand-alone option).

The optional Technology package gets you a head-up display, a navigation system (includes a larger central iDrive screen and an upgraded controller that accepts handwritten inputs), an enhanced driver information display in the gauge cluster, smartphone app integration and BMW Remote Services.

The Dynamic Handling package adds a driver-adjustable suspension, variable-ratio steering and an enhanced version of the all-wheel-drive system (sDrive28i excluded). The M Sport package features 19-inch wheels, torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, an enhanced body kit, sport front seats, special interior trim and a sport steering wheel. Also, all trims except the xDrive28d get an eight-speed sport transmission with shift paddles, while the xDrive28d gets the shift paddles minus the transmission upgrade.

A Driver Assistance package is also offered that bundles front and rear parking sensors with a rearview camera, while the Driver Assistance Plus package throws in a surround-view camera system, an active blind-spot monitor, a forward collision mitigation system with automatic braking, and a lane departure warning system. Adaptive cruise control is available with the Driver Assistance Plus package at additional cost. The Lighting package adds adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams to the xDrive35i, while the lesser trims get xenon headlights included, or LED headlights for an extra fee.

Some of the above items (e.g., the panoramic sunroof and the navigation system) are available as stand-alone options, and the xDrive35i's Harman Kardon audio system is optional on other X3 models. You may also encounter X3 models with an optional Mobile Assistance package that combines certain features from the Premium, Cold Weather and Technology packages.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2017 BMW X3 xDrive35i (turbo 3.0L inline-6 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).

Driving

2.5
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.

Comfort

3.5
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.

Interior

3.5
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.

Utility

3.5
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.

Technology

3.0
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.

Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2017 BMW X3 in Virginia is:

$73.08 per month*
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