Consumer Reviews Summary
11 of 17 (64%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2013 BMW X3 Overview
The 2013 BMW X3 is a compact luxury crossover that ably combines crossover practicality with the spot-on driving dynamics BMW is known for. It competes in one of the most crowded luxury segments with vehicles like the Acura RDX, Cadillac SRX, and Audi Q5.
With a motorsport heritage, it’s hard to call any car a true BMW unless you can really enjoy driving it and this philosophy carries over with the 2013 X3. From the outside, much of the X3’s design is classic BMW from the kidney grille to the sculpted hood with plenty of creases. 18-inch alloy wheels are standard with 19-inch wheels optional. The latest X3 is both slightly longer and taller than the previous version and for 2013 adds a power liftgate as standard equipment. A panoramic moonroof, adaptive xenon headlights, and headlight washers are optional. Also offered is an M Sport Package that makes the X3 look even more menacing.
The most exciting changes for 2013 come under the hood. BMW divides the X3 into two trims, each of which gets its own turbocharged mill. The xDrive28i is the base trim and gets a new 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 260 pounds-feet of torque. Step up the xDrive35i and you’ll get a 300-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder that makes 300 pounds-feet of torque. Both trim levels get an eight-speed automatic transmission and xDrive all-wheel drive which features a 60/40 rear torque bias for a sportier feel. Also included is BMW’s auto start-stop technology, which shuts down the engine at stoplights to save fuel.
Fuel economy figures are fairly close between the two trims, with the xDrive28i getting an estimated 21/28 mpg city/highway and the xDrive35i rated at 19/26 mpg city/highway.
Although it’s a compact luxury crossover, much effort has still been expended to make sure that usable space is maximized. A 60/40-split folding rear seat is standard, but for those looking for more storage versatility a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat is offered. Also offered is a storage package that helps to secure items by providing cargo rails, plenty of hooks in the rear cargo area so bags don’t slide around, and cargo nets. The interior styling combines classic BMW interior simplicity with some of the latest technology found in cars today, including an electronic shifter and BMW’s latest iDrive system. Standard interior features include leatherette seating surfaces, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way powered front seats, HD radio, iPod/USB adapter, and Bluetooth connectivity. Options include heated front seats and steering wheel, backup camera, and a navigation system which adds a large 8.8-inch LCD screen above the center console.
The 2013 X3 won a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS for its performance in crash tests. Six airbags, an electronic stability system, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, and traction control are standard. An optional driver assistance package adds safety technology like lane departure and front collision warning, automatic high beams, and a head-up display.