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BMW X3

BMW X3 side view

Pros and cons of the BMW X3

  • All-wheel drive standard
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission standard
  • Strong engine performance
  • High-tech safety and security systems not standard
  • Paint other than black or white raises cost
  • Limited cargo space behind rear seats
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety ratings of the BMW X3

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags6

Specifications of the BMW X3

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors5
  • Fuel typeGas or Diesel
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • City consumption8.6 - 12.7 L/100km
  • Highway consumption6.9 - 8.8 L/100km
  • Width1881 mm
  • Length4648 - 4663 mm
  • Trunk space550 L
  • Cargo space1600 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the BMW X3

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This version of the BMW X3 2011 - 2017 is available in 2 trims:

Basic trim features and specs

Available with the Basic trim:
  • Cargo barrier (optional)
  • Paddle shifters (optional)
  • Sport seats in the front (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats (optional)
  • Heated steering wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Power steering
  • Rear seat ski hatch (optional)
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Cornering lights (optional)
  • Glare-free high beam (optional)
  • Standard roof
Available across all trims:
  • Adaptive bending lights (optional)
  • Alloy wheels
  • Bi-Xenon headlights (optional)
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Headlight cleaners (optional)
  • High-beam assist (optional)
  • LED daytime running lights (optional)
  • LED headlights (optional)
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking (optional)
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors (optional)
  • Rain sensor
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Basic trim:
  • Apple CarPlay (optional)
  • Digital radio (optional)
  • Start stop system (optional)
  • Wireless charging pad/mat (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • 360 degree camera (optional)
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Electric tailgate (optional)
  • Front sensors (optional)
  • Front view camera (optional)
  • Head-Up display (optional)
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry (optional)
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera (optional)
  • Side sensors (optional)
  • Traffic sign recognition (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi (optional)
5 engines are available with the Basic trim:
2 L - Diesel - 181 hp
City consumption:8.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.9 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:856 km
2 L - Diesel - 184 hp
City consumption:8.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.9 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:848 km
2 L - Gas - 241 hp
City consumption:9.7 - 11.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:7 - 8.4 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:678 - 789 km
3 L - Gas - 240 hp
City consumption:11 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.8 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:701 km
3 L - Gas - 300 hp
City consumption:11.1 - 12.7 L/100km
Highway consumption:7.7 - 8.8 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:612 - 701 km

M Sport Line trim features and specs

Available with the M Sport Line trim:
  • Paddle shifters
  • Sport seats in the front
Available across all trims:
  • 2 climate zones
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Electric windows
  • Front seats electrically adjustable
  • Front seats have lumbar support (optional)
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats (optional)
  • Heated steering wheel
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support (optional)
  • Power steering
  • Rear seat ski hatch (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Adaptive bending lights (optional)
  • Alloy wheels
  • Bi-Xenon headlights (optional)
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Headlight cleaners (optional)
  • High-beam assist (optional)
  • LED daytime running lights (optional)
  • LED headlights (optional)
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof (optional)
Available with the M Sport Line trim:
  • Dimming interior mirror
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Collision warning system (optional)
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking (optional)
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Lane departure warning (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors (optional)
  • Rain sensor
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the M Sport Line trim:
  • Digital radio
  • Start stop system
Available across all trims:
  • 360 degree camera (optional)
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • Automatic parking (optional)
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital cockpit
  • Electric tailgate (optional)
  • Front sensors (optional)
  • Front view camera (optional)
  • Head-Up display (optional)
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry (optional)
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors (optional)
  • Rear view camera (optional)
  • Side sensors (optional)
  • Traffic sign recognition (optional)
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi (optional)
4 engines are available with the M Sport Line trim:
2 L - Diesel - 181 hp
City consumption:8.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.9 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:856 km
2 L - Diesel - 184 hp
City consumption:8.6 L/100km
Highway consumption:6.9 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:848 km
2 L - Gas - 241 hp
City consumption:11.1 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.4 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:678 km
3 L - Gas - 300 hp
City consumption:12.7 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.8 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:612 km

Overview of the BMW X3

Learn about the BMW X3

Summary

The BMW X3 regularly sits atop the popularity rankings as one of the best-selling compact luxury SUVs on the market. Its extensive list of safety and convenience features makes for a relaxed, worry-free driving experience. World-famous BMW engineering ensures a solid and powerful ride.

The X3's luxurious interior means you will arrive in comfort and style. Among all compact SUVs in its class, the BMW X3 is the wise choice for the buyer who values high performance but who does not want to sacrifice comfort and safety to have it.

Safety

The BMW X3 receives high annual safety rankings. Since the first models around 2004, its airbags have protected front and back seat passengers on all sides. High-tech safety features are not standard but are available as options on the higher trim levels. The Driver Assistance Plus package available on 2018 models offers:

  • Forward Collision Warning and Emergency Braking to help prevent front collisions
  • Lane Departure Warning and Blind-Spot Monitoring with Cross-Traffic Alert to make lane changes safer
  • Front and Rear Parking Sensors to alert the driver of obstructions when parking

Standard across models as old as 2010 are front-seat and side-curtain airbags, antilock brakes and stability control to keep the car steady on slippery roads, and hill descent control for those steep hills.

Interior

All generations are known for clean, uncluttered interiors with air conditioning and power windows as standard equipment. Your choice of paint colour may affect the interior colour schemes. With that in mind, it should be noted that any paint colour other than black or white will cost extra.

Later models and higher trim levels offer such niceties as leather upholstery and 10-way power seats to fine-tune comfort while behind the wheel. Seat position and window design make for excellent visibility, and the large analog gauges are easy to see and read.

Technology

The BMW X3 was designed to be a luxury crossover, and its technological amenities realize that goal. The latest models have many easy-to-use tech features. Depending on the model and trim level chosen, these include:

  • Surround-view camera, giving you a 360-degree view of your car
  • Connected infotainment interface with Bluetooth connectivity
  • Apple CarPlay phone integration (with paid subscription)
  • Navigation system
  • Two USB ports
  • Voice control system

The Technology package on the 2011 offers real-time traffic information, Bluetooth, a rearview camera and a voice-command navigation system.

Space

The X3 has plenty of headroom and legroom. The large doors and low sills make it easy to get in or out. There is little cargo space behind the front row of seats, but at 28.7 cubic feet, the rear cargo area makes up for it. With the back seats folded, you'll find 62.7 cubic feet of cargo space. There are many interior storage compartments for loose items, especially handy for family-driving.

Comfort

With its standard all-wheel drive (for the xDrive30i and M40i trim levels), eight-speed automatic transmission and turbocharged 2.0 L four-cylinder engine, the third generation of the BMW X3 is a powerful and steady ride. Good sound-dampening provides a quiet interior, especially when stopped or idling.

Since the first generation, the shocks and suspension system provide a smooth, solid driving experience that feels more like a car than an SUV.

Frequently asked questions about the BMW X3

No, the BMW X3 is a compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) with four seats.

No, but they do come with run-flat tires as standard, which eliminates the needs for a spare. Those wanting a spare may opt to keep a compact spare in the trunk.

Yes, all BMW X3s have four-wheel drive as standard equipment.

The X3 was redesigned in 2017, which was the first year of the vehicle's third generation.

Depending on trim and engine selection, the X3 can reach from 209 km/h to 241 km/h. Some second generation vehicles can reach up to 245 km/h.