2017 BMW X3

Pros: Sport-sedan-like handling agility; tall windows make for good visibility; decent fuel economy for the level of performance

Cons: Performance-oriented models ride stiffly; stingy levels of standard equipment, and options add up fast

CG Says: The BMW X3 is little changed for 2017. xDrive 35i models gain standard keyless access and starting, front-seat lumbar adjustment, and a 1-year subscription for satellite radio. The X3 delivers the sportiness and refinement you expect from the brand in a package that’s small but highly versatile. Non-linear throttle response remains an annoyance, at least on the base xDrive28i model, but this premium-compact SUV has enough other positive attributes to make it worth your consideration. Just keep an eye on the bottom line. Base prices are reasonable, but they quickly move upward when options are added.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact SUV
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer BMW
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices sDrive28i: $38,950
AWD xDrive 28i: $40,950
AWD xDrive 28d: $42,450
AWD xDrive 35i: $47,650

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
240
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
28

Optional Engine
turbo-diesel 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
180
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
NA
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
NA

Optional Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder
Horsepower
300
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
19
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
26

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2017 BMW X3