Refined and powerful engines; excellent 8-speed transmission; satisfying ride/handling balance; high-quality cabin; adult-sized back seat
Desirable options push up the price quickly
Enhanced USB and Bluetooth capability is now standard on all models, offering voice control for contacts and music, mobile office functions (text, email, calendar, tasks, voice memos) and the ability to sync up a second phone. A Harman Kardon surround-sound system is now standard in the xDrive35i. Also, there used to be a handy hook in the cargo area; that's now gone. See the 2016 BMW X3 models for sale near you
It would be easy to say to go for the diesel -- it's a strong engine with great torque and excellent fuel economy. But the difference in price next to the gasoline version would take many miles to recoup, especially during those times when diesel becomes more expensive than gas at the pump. The xDrive28i, then, should be an excellent choice because it offers the reassurance of all-wheel drive but doesn't suffer a penalty in fuel consumption. Find a BMW X3 for sale
The 2016 BMW X3 is available in sDrive28i, xDrive28i, xDrive28d and xDrive35i trim levels.
The sDrive28i ($39,945) comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, LED fog lights, roof rails, a power lift gate, keyless entry with push-button ignition, auto-dimming mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, a universal garage-door opener, leatherette upholstery, 8-way power front seats with driver memory settings, a tilt-telescopic sport leather steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient cabin lighting, iPod/USB and Bluetooth connectivity, a 12-speaker audio system with HD Radio and an auxiliary input, and a basic iDrive infotainment system.
Both the all-wheel-drive xDrive28i ($41,945) and the diesel-powered xDrive28d ($44,445) are similarly equipped.
The xDrive35i ($47,795) adds adaptive xenon headlamps, LED brake lights, the Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system (optional in other versions) and a panoramic sunroof (also optional elsewhere).
Perhaps the most notable option is the navigation system, which changes the iDrive system, replacing the standard screen with a beautiful 8.8-in widescreen display. There are many other options, including LED headlights, sport seats, adaptive dampers and 19-in wheels (available via the M Sport package), parking sensors at both ends and a rearview camera.
The rear seat is elevated like those in front, yet headroom is generous, so even tall passengers will have plenty of space. There's a respectable 27.6 cu ft. of cargo space behind the second row and 63.3 cu ft. with the rear seats folded down.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
2016 Acura MDX -- The MDX has good value, decent power and space.
2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 -- Based on the C-Class and all new for the model year, the GLC is not as driver-focused as the X3, but it's well equipped and has a superb cabin.
2016 Volvo XC60 -- The XC60 is underrated as a driver's machine. The optional turbocharged inline 6-cylinder is a winner -- so is the XC60's sensible, well-rounded nature.
Used Porsche Macan -- The Macan handles more like a sport sedan than a crossover, and its styling is decidedly upscale. See if a certified pre-owned model fits your budget.