2019 BMW X3
- The BMW X3 carries over unchanged for 2019
- This is the second year for the third X3 generation introduced in 2018
- Both available engines are fuel-efficient and powerful
- Wide variety of standard and optional features for personalization
- Plenty of room for front and rear passengers
- Android Auto is conspicuously absent from the options list
2019 BMW X3 pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which X3 does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating7.8 / 10
Fifteen years ago, it might have been difficult to foresee the success of the X3. Back then, BMW's 3 Series wagon set the standard for the class and offered all the practicality you could want in a vehicle that size. Why get something that didn't handle as well and got worse fuel economy? But that original 2004 X3 helped pioneer the entry-level luxury SUV class, and the 2019 X3 is now a hugely important staple in the BMW lineup.
BMW redesigned the X3 just last year. Honestly, it's not very different from the generation before it. Even those only familiar with the second-generation X3 won't find too many differences in this 2019 model, which is the second year of the third generation. BMW has focused on finessing and massaging the X3 into its current form rather than making any dramatic changes.
The X3 still offers broad appeal. There are rear-wheel- and all-wheel-drive variants available with the four-cylinder engine and a big list of options to choose from to further bolster the X3's luxury appeal. If extra speed is desired, the all-wheel-drive M40i is one of the best-performing vehicles in the class thanks to its potent six-cylinder engine. Whichever one interests you, know that the BMW X3 is one of our top picks for the segment.
2019 BMW X3 configurations
The 2018 BMW X3 is a five-passenger crossover sold in three trim levels: sDrive30i, xDrive30i and M40i. The sDrive30i and the xDrive30i are identically equipped, save for the sDrive being rear-wheel-drive and the xDrive being all-wheel-drive. The M40i has a more powerful engine and a few more standard features.
Under the hood of the sDrive30i and xDrive30i is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (248 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque) paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Standard exterior features include 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and foglights, automatic wipers, roof rails, a power tailgate, a rearview camera, and power-folding, auto-dimming and heated mirrors.
Inside, you'll find an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with wheel-mounted shift paddles, keyless ignition, adjustable driving modes, tri-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front sport seats, a 40/20/40-split rear seat with individual seat recline, simulated-leather upholstery, driver-seat memory settings, a 6.5-inch central display, BMW's iDrive infotainment interface, a USB port and a 12-speaker audio system.
There are multiple option packages available for the sDrive30i and the xDrive30i. The Convenience package adds LED headlights, keyless entry, a panoramic sunroof, satellite radio, and four-way power lumbar adjustment for the front seats. The M Sport package adds the contents of the Convenience package, plus 19-inch wheels, more aggressive-looking front and rear bumpers, a sport steering wheel and a simulated-leather-covered dashboard. Selecting either of these opens the gates to the Dynamic Handling package, which includes adaptive suspension dampers, upgraded brakes and variable-ratio steering.
The M40i gets the content of those optional packages as standard. It also has a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine (355 hp, 369 lb-ft of torque), adaptive LED headlights, automatic high beams, a sport exhaust, a sport-tuned suspension, front and rear parking sensors, a launch control feature, and the contents of the above three packages.
Whichever X3 you get, consider adding the Driving Assistance package, which has forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert. There's also the Driving Assistance Plus package (Driving Assistance package, adaptive cruise control, front cross-traffic alert and lane keeping assist) and the Parking Assistance package (front and rear parking sensors, an automated parking system and a 360-degree parking camera).
Then there are the big-ticket Premium and Executive packages that either require some of the previous packages or bundle features from them. Notably, the Premium package adds features such as heated front seats, a navigation system, a larger 10.3-inch central touchscreen, a digital gauge cluster, and Apple CarPlay.
Some of the above features can be ordered as stand-alone options. Additional extras, depending on packages selected, include 20- and 21-inch wheels, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, manual side window shades, wireless phone charging a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and a trailer hitch.
Noise & vibration7.5
Ease of use7.5
Getting in/getting out8.0
Child safety seat accommodation7.5
Audio & navigation8.0
Most helpful consumer reviews
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite X3 safety features:
- Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go
- Maintains a set distance between the X3 and the car in front. Can bring the X3 to a stop and resume speed when the car in front moves.
- Adaptive Brake Lights
- Brightens the brake lights to indicate a sudden stop and flashes them to indicate an emergency stop.
- Parking Assistant Plus
- Guides the X3 into a vacant parallel parking spot with minimal driver intervention.
BMW X3 vs. the competition
2019 BMW X3
2018 BMW X1
BMW X3 vs. BMW X1
If you like everything about the X3 but want something just a little bit smaller or less expensive, the X1 is right up your alley. The lighter X1 makes similar power to the four-cylinder X3, but it gets better fuel economy and can still fit four adults comfortably. Of course, there's comparatively less cargo capacity, and the X1 lacks the option of a more powerful engine.
BMW X3 vs. Audi Q5
The Audi Q5 and the X3 go head to head in their segment. The Q5 uses a similarly powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine but comes with standard all-wheel drive. So similar are these two rivals that it's going to come down to personal preferences with regards to styling and minor details. The Audi focuses on a clean, minimal design, while the BMW has a bit more flair.
BMW X3 vs. BMW X5
The X3's bigger brother offers more than just more cargo space and interior room. You get more engine options as well as more luxurious appointments. Of course, having more of everything costs more. And in the case of the X5, that means spending nearly $15,000 more to get a base-level model.
2019 BMW X3 for Sale
The second-generation BMW X3 was still selling like gangbusters in 2017, the model's seventh year of production. But increased pressure from new and improved rivals necessitated a rethink of the Bavarian automaker's venerable crossover. Last year BMW redesigned the X3, and for 2019, the company decided not to make any changes.
The chiseled body of the 2019 BMW X3 does a good job of hiding the fact that it provides plenty of space for passengers, especially in the back seat. And there's ample space for cargo, too. 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.
The sDrive30i and the xDrive30i come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing a healthy 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. For speed demons, the turbocharged six-cylinder under the hood of the M40i churns out 355 hp and 369 lb-ft. Don't feel too bad about upgrading to the M40i if you just can't resist the intoxicating thrust delivered by the inline six-cylinder. Fuel economy is reduced only slightly, from 26 mpg combined in the sDrive30i to 23 mpg combined in the M40i. An eight-speed transmission and all-wheel drive are standard on all models.
Being a BMW, the X3 expectedly commands a pretty penny, but its list of standard equipment is substantial. The sDrive30i comes equipped with LED headlights, a power tailgate, auto-dimming mirrors, tri-zone automatic climate control, and a 12-speaker audio system. Step up to the M40i, and you'll get the more powerful engine, a bevy of performance goodies, and a number of the sDrive30i's optional extras. Honestly, if you want to equip the lower models with the Convenience, M Sport and Dynamic Handling packages, you might as well just grab the M40i (those packages are all standard on that model). Several packages are available for either model, adding more driver aids, leather upholstery and heated seats. As usual, there are plenty of stand-alone options for you to customize the X3 to your heart's desire.
The 2019 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 your ideal 2019 BMW X3.
2019 BMW X3 Overview
The 2019 BMW X3 is offered in the following submodels: X3 SUV, X3 M40i. Available styles include sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), and M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A).
What do people think of the 2019 BMW X3?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 BMW X3 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 X3 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 X3.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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What's a good price for a New 2019 BMW X3?
2019 BMW X3 M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
The 2019 BMW X3 M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $55,645. The average price paid for a new 2019 BMW X3 M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $6,441 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $6,441 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$49,205.
The average savings for the 2019 BMW X3 M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is11.6% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
The 2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $43,995. The average price paid for a new 2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $8,520 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $8,520 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$35,475.
The average savings for the 2019 BMW X3 xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is19.4% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2019 BMW X3 sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
The 2019 BMW X3 sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $41,995. The average price paid for a new 2019 BMW X3 sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $6,971 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $6,971 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$35,024.
The average savings for the 2019 BMW X3 sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) is16.6% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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Should I lease or buy a 2019 BMW X3?
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