Refined and powerful engines; excellent 8-speed transmission; satisfying ride/handling balance; high-quality cabin; adult-sized back seat
Desirable options push the price up quickly
Wireless smartphone charging and a Wi-Fi hotspot are now on the options list. There's a new design of optional 19-in alloy wheels. The navigation system has been updated. The M Sport package has a new leather-wrapped steering wheel. And "Comfort Access" keyless entry/ignition becomes standard in the xDrive35i. Instead of having you click a key fob, enter and press the start button, this system detects the key's presence and the user only has to pull the door handle. The xDrive35i also has a 12-months subscription to satellite radio as standard. See the 2017 BMW X3 models for sale near you
It speaks volumes that this X3 remains a top choice even as it's about to be updated. The chassis can certainly handle the wonderful power of the xDrive35i, but the xDrive28i hardly means having to settle. Might as well go for the all-wheel-drive version and enjoy the extra surefootedness, since fuel consumption is no worse than with the sDrive28i. Find a BMW X3 for sale
The 2017 BMW X3 is available in sDrive28i, xDrive28i, xDrive28d and xDrive35i versions, with different drivetrains and levels of equipment.
The sDrive28i ($39,945) comes standard with 18-in alloy wheels, LED fog lights, roof rails, a power lift gate, keyless entry with push-button start, 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 ($43,445) are similarly equipped.
The xDrive35i ($48,645) adds adaptive xenon headlamps, LED brake lights, "Comfort Access" keyless entry/ignition, satellite radio, 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 an 8.8-in widescreen display. There are many other options, including LED headlights, sport seats, adaptive dampers, 19-in wheels (available via the M Sport package), parking sensors at both ends and a rearview camera.
The rear seats are at the same level as those up 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||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2017 Acura MDX -- Good value and decent power and space.
2017 Audi Q5 -- Feels nearly as athletic as the X3. Try the optional supercharged V6.
2017 Lexus NX -- Nice interior full of high tech. Pleasant driving manners.
2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC300 -- Based on the C-Class. Not as driver-focused as the X3, but well-equipped and has a superb cabin.
2017 Volvo XC60 -- Underrated from a fun point of view, the XC60's sensible, well-rounded nature is a winner. This model is also due for replacement soon.