2019 BMW X3

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2019 BMW X3 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

When it was first launched in 2003, it was difficult to say that the X3 will be a success in the market. BMW had a lot at stake. However, X3 received heaps and praises from the critics and it was hailed as the revolutionary car in the Luxury Compact SUV segment. BMW X3 is an outstanding crossover which stands apart from the intense German rivalry despite the recently flooded crossover segment.

Coming in at around $40,050 the 2019 BMW X3 fills all the right boxes and hits all the right notes when it comes to practicality and performance. It is fun to drive, has plenty of curves and crevices, offers exceptional interior, and even provides plenty of cargo space.

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Pros

Well-managed interior space

Great powertrain options

Premium cabin materials

Nimble handling

Surprisingly fuel efficient

Agile handling

Plenty of passenger and cargo room

Cons

Teensy exterior mirrors

Rearview camera is buried in options

Not exactly off-road material

Distracting engine stop-start feature

What's New?

Nothing new in 2019 in BMW X3


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$41000

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu. in.

horsepower

248 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1450 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

four wheel ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

112.8 in.

length

185.9 in.

width

74.4 in.

height

66 in.

curb weight

4034 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

40 cu ft.

towing capacity

4400 lbs.

payload capacity

937 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/26/30 mpg

highway range

516 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

no


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Styles

 2019 BMW X3 in Alpine White color  2019 BMW X3 in Black Sapphire Metallic color  2019 BMW X3 in Carbon Black Metallic color  2019 BMW X3 in Dark Graphite Metallic color  2019 BMW X3 in Dark Olive Metallic color  2019 BMW X3 in Jet Black color  2019 BMW X3 in Glacier Silver Metallic color  2019 BMW X3 in Mineral White Metallic color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine

8.4

Interior

8.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 BMW X3 30i

30i

power
248 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
26 combined

$41,000 - $43,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
sDrive30i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $41,000 MSRP (23/26/30) 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5
xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $43,000 MSRP (22/25/29) 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

 2019 BMW X3 M40i

M40i

power
355 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
23 combined

$54,650


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
M40i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $54,650 MSRP (20/23/27) 355 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, I-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5   Phytonic Blue Metallic
  Black Sapphire Metallic
  Alpine White
  Dark Graphite Metallic

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8.3/10

Engine: 335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L I-6

MPG: 22 combined

2019 BMW X4
8.2/10

Engine: 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 25 combined

2019 BMW 5 Series
8.3/10

Engine: 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 27 combined

2019 BMW 7 Series plug-in hybrid Sedan
8.3/10

Engine: 255 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L I-4

MPG: 27 combined

2019 BMW M550i
8.6/10

Engine: 456 hp @ 5500 rpm, 4.4 L V-8

MPG: 20 combined

2019 BMW M240i
8.5/10

Engine: 335 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L I-6

MPG: 24 combined

2019 BMW 7 Series
8.7/10

Engine: 320 hp @ 5200 rpm, 3 L I-6

MPG: 24 combined

2019 BMW ALPINA B7
8.4/10

Engine: 591 hp @ 5750 rpm, 4.4 L V-8

MPG: 20 combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial October 15, 2019

7.9

Overall Rating


The German automaker 4-door crossover SUV rides upon the tide of the overwhelming swarm of crossovers and goes head to head with the Volvo XC60, Audi Q5 and Porsche Macan.

2019 BMW X3 front view
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7.5/10
Features

 

8.4/10
Engine

 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 BMW X3 Features

7.5/10

Earlier, the BMW used to offer only the all-wheel-drive equipped xDrive30i trim for the X3. But for the 2019 model year, they have added another trim to the line-up, a rear-wheel drive sDrive30i.

The sDrive30i and the xDrive40i both get the same set of features and equipment, also, they share the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with no difference in performance. An 8-speed automatic stick comes paired to this engine. X3 also gets a more powerful trim the M40i that receives a V6 engine rated at 355 hp which comes at a very high price of $54,650.

Trims sDrive30i xDrive30i M40i
MSRP $41,000 $43,000 $54,650
Key Features LED headlights and foglights Has similar features as of sDrive30i but has all-wheel-drive drivetrain All Features of xDrive30i, plus:
  automatic wipers   adaptive LED headlights
  Roof rails   Automatic high beams
  Power tailgate   Sport exhaust
  Rearview camera   Sport-tuned suspension
  Power-folding, auto-dimming and heated mirrors   Front and rear parking sensors
  auto-dimming rearview mirror   Launch control feature
  Adjustable driving modes   Convenience Package
  Tri-zone automatic climate control   M Sport Package
  Simulated leather upholstery   Dynamic Handling Package
  6.5-inch central display    
  BMW's iDrive infotainment interface    
  12-speaker audio system    

 

We Recommend

If you are looking to buy an X3, opt for the sDrive30i trim as it offers exactly identical features and also has the same engine as that of xDrive30i. Also, you'll have to pay 2 grand more for the all-wheel-drive variant with no other feature addition.

2019 BMW X3 Engine

8.4/10

Engine and Transmission

A 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is what you get under the hood of the 2019 BMW X3. This engine might be similar to the 2018 X3 but it packs more power and gets better refinement. With 248 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft of torque, X3 is surely an exhilarating drive. This powertrain is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission

2019 BMW X3 engine

Models

BMW X3

Volvo XC60

Audi Q5

Porsche Macan

MSRP

$41,000

$39,200

$42,950

$47,800

Engine/Motor

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122

Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/120

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/121

Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/121

Transmission

8 speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

7 speed Automatic

7 speed Automatic

Power

248hp @ 5200rpm

250hp @ 5500rpm

248hp @ 5000rpm

252hp @ 5000rpm

Torque

258lbs-ft @ 1450 rpm

258lbs-ft @ 1500rpm

273lbs-ft @ 1600rpm

273lbs-ft @ 1600rpm

X3's base engine is strong, but not as strong as the base engines of some of the rivals. Porsche Macan's engine produces the most power and torque but costs about 6 grand more than X3.

Acceleration

The BMW X3's engine is at par with the rest of the rivals in the class and goes to 60 mph from nil in just 6 seconds. During the quarter-mile test, the 2019 X3 takes 14.8 seconds at 80 MPH.

2019 BMW X3

Models

BMW X3

Volvo XC60

Audi Q5

Porsche Macan

0-60 MPH

6.0 Seconds

6.1 Seconds

5.9 Seconds

6.3 Seconds

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec @80mph (Estimated based on 2018)

15.0 sec @ 89.9mph

13.5 sec @ 94.6 mph

13.4 sec @ 99.1mph

Engine

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

2.0L

Emission

(Tons/year CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.8

7.4

7.1

7.4

Macan being the most powerful car of the lot is the slowest to do the 0-60 MPH dash while the Audi Q5 is quickest of all at taking just 5.9 seconds to do so. However, when you consider the quarter-mile results, Porsche Macan shows its class taking just 13.4 seconds. No car matches Macan when it comes to the quarter-mile

Braking

The brakes are lighter and modulating them is easier than before. You get an option to equip the performance brakes that help reduce the emergency braking distance but even the stock discs work fine. The car comes to a halt in just 114 feet from 60 MPH which seems great considering the weight it carries.

2019 BMW X3 tire

Models

BMW X3

Volvo XC60

Audi Q5

Porsche Macan

Brake Front(in)

13

13.6

13.3

13.6

Brake Rear(in)

13

12.6

13

13

Curb Weight(lbs.)

4034

4322

4045

3902

60-0 MPH (ft.)

114 (Estimated based on 2018)

114

112

120

The Macan has the biggest set of discs in the front but it is the slowest of the lot in the emergency braking test. Audi Q5 is the quickest to react to the tap on the brake pedal as it takes only 112 feet to come to a stand still from 60 MPH.

Ride and Handling

Without the dynamic taking care of choices, this X3 isn't as adept at handling bends as you would anticipate. It can even now be driven with direct energy and hold its level headedness, yet with its all-season run-punctured tires, this BMW SUV inclines more "utility" than "sport."

The X3's steering is light and direct, however, it feels a little nervous at higher speeds. This makes a dubious on-focus feel and requires more push to keep up a curve through any street with a level of twist. An odd deficit for BMW.

The ride quality is very much adjusted with simply enough solidness for a propelled feel without bringing about a harsh ride over uneven street surfaces.

Towing Capacity

Now, compact SUVs are not meant for towing or hauling, but then, X3 is not your basic compact crossover. The Beemer is able to tow over 4400 pounds of extra weight which includes a wide variety of boats and campers.

Model

BMW X3

Volvo XC60

Audi Q5

Porsche Macan

Engine

2.0 L Turbocharged

2.0 L Turbocharged

2.0 L Turbocharged

2.0 L Turbocharged

Drive Train

4WD

4WD

4WD

4WD

Towing Capacity (lbs.)

4400 (Estimated based on 2018)

3,500

4,400

4,409

The Porsche Macan gets the benefit of higher torque output as the car can tow 9 pounds more than the BMW X3. Audi Q5 and X3 are even-stevens in the towing section, while the Volvo XC60 fails to impress with just 3500 lbs. of hauling capacity.

2019 BMW X3 Fuel Economy

Even though the 2019 BMW X3 takes the performance-oriented nature of its predecessor to a new level, it doesn't come at a cost of fuel economy. The X3's engine is more fuel efficient than before, delivering a combined economy of 26mpg, which is towards the upper end of the class.

Model

BMW X3

Volvo XC60

Audi Q5

Porsche Macan

mpg city

23

22

20

20

mpg Highway

30

28

25

25

mpg combined

26

24

22

22

X3 clearly outshines the rivals in fuel efficiency numbers and can run 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The nearest that comes to BMW X3 is the Volvo XC60 having only 2 mpg less in the combined efficiency.

2019 BMW X3 Interior

8.0/10

Seating and Comfort

The X3 scores well with regards to pleasing drivers with accessibility, comfort and making it simple to move in and out. There's a decent measure of room accessible front and back, however some can face problems with the rear seat off-putting. The new iDrive framework works like a charm and is smooth to operate upon.

2019 BMW X3 front seat

Inside, the dash bends to skew controls and points toward the driver, which keeps the driver's attention focussed on the road. The dash has been fitted with all the more soft touch materials, and everything from the center of the doors on up is pleasantly grained leather.

Models

BMW X3

Volvo XC60

Audi Q5

Porsche Macan

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Head/Shoulder/Leg (in.)

41.1/57.6/40.3

38/58.2/41.5

41.7/57.7/41.0

39.4/-/33.1

Second Head/Shoulder/Leg (in.)

39.1/56/36.4

38/56.3/38

39.3/56.5/37.8

36.3/-/32.3

  • Driver Multi-Adjustable Power Seats
  • Passenger Multi-Adjustable Power Seat
  • Interior Auto. Day/Night or Electro chromic Mirror
  • Privacy Glass or Deep Tinted Glass

Infotainment

BMW X3 received the new 6.5-inch iDrive system in 2017 which is unchanged since then. It has just received some minor software updates though, which has made its interface better to operate upon. However, you will have to pay extra for the Apple CarPlay while you don't get Android Auto even as optional. Its 12-speaker sound system has got enough bass to pump up your jam on the go and not just that, BMW X3's voice control is impressive.

2019 BMW X3 infotainment

Cargo

The X3's back seats are anything but difficult to fold forward and lie flat for a smooth cargo bay floor. With 28.7 cubic feet of room behind the back seats, and 62.7 cubic feet with them collapsed, the X3 offers a helpful measure of utility for its class.

2019 BMW X3 cargo space

Models

BMW X3

Volvo XC60

Audi Q5

Porsche Macan

Volume (ft. Cube) (w/Rear seats in use)

28.7

29.7

26.8

17.7

Volume (ft. Cube) (w/Rear seats fold)

62.7

63.3

60.4

53.0

Volvo XC60, however, is spacious than all the SUVs in the competition and can store up to 63.3 cubic feet of cargo when rear seats are down.

2019 BMW X3 dashboard
2019 BMW X3 dashboard
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2019 BMW X3 center console
2019 BMW X3 center console
2019 BMW X3 instrumental cluster
2019 BMW X3 instrumental cluster
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2019 BMW X3 cargo space
2019 BMW X3 cargo space

2019 BMW X3 Exterior

Dimension and Weight

The BMW X3 is a departure from the boxy SUVs and crossovers that BMW is used to make. The muscular curves on X3 creates an imposing street presence as the X3 sits wide and low on the tarmac. It has got wider intakes and the wheels are pushed further to the corners giving it a lower stance and increased wheelbase. BMW X3's distinct roofline adds to its design and the sleek silhouette makes it even more tasteful.

2019 BMW X3 side view

Model

BMW X3

Volvo XC60

Audi Q5

Porsche Macan

Curb Weight(lbs.)

4034

4322

4,045

3,902

Length(in.)

185.9

184.6

183.6

184.3

Width(in.)

74.4

74.9

74.5

75.7

Height(in.)

66

65.3

65.3

63.9

Ground Clearance(in.)

8

8.5

8.2

7.8

Wheel Base(in.)

112.8

112.8

111.0

110.5

Track Width(in) F/R

63.8/64.4

65.1/65.2

63.6/63.3

65.2/65

Exterior Features

  • Twin circular headlights up front (with optional LED lamps)
  • More pronounced version of BMW's kidney grille
  • Graceful swooping belt-line crease
  • Nicely tapered nose
  • Chiseled lines next to the hood
  • LED tail lamps
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2019 BMW X3 rear view
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2019 BMW X3 side view
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2019 BMW X3 headlight
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2019 BMW X3 Safety

2018 BMW X3's safety features include:

  • Front and rear Head Protection System (HPS)
  • Active Protection System
  • Fatigue and Focus Alert feature
  • Impact sensor
  • Adaptive Brake lights
  • Programmable LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • BMW Assist eCall includes Emergency Request (SOS button)
  • Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification

2019 BMW X3 Competition

BMW X3 vs Audi Q5

The new BMW X3 is cheaper than the Audi Q5, and doesn't quite match all that the Q5 has to offer. It has more safety features and offers tech goodies like Audi's virtual cockpit. Both the SUVs have a potent engine lineup and sporty handling, but the Q5 is ahead in terms of feature availability and cabin luxury. The X3 does have a bigger boot, though.

2019 Audi Q5

BMW X3 vs Porsche Macan

The Porsche Macan is one of those luxury SUVs that can claim to be better and more athletic than the BMW X3. It can outclass any car in the handling prowess and Porsche's suspension setup is icing on the cake. The engine revs in harmony, and with a blink of an eye, you can go past the 60 MPH mark. However, the Macan loses out to X3 when it comes to the interior and ergonomics as the X3's cabin looks well set up than the former.

2019 Porsche macan

BMW X3 vs Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 is the cheapest car in the lot but has plenty to offer in the price. It is one of the most features equipped and safest car in the market. Gorgeous is the word you utter after seeing the XC60 for the very first time. The XC60's performance is at par with the Beemer, but its better feature availability makes is the car you'd want for sure.

2019 Volvo XC60

 

2019 BMW X3 Final Verdict

BMW cars have always been known for their fun and engaging drive, which even gave the brand a bad name because of rowdy drivers. But the X3 takes that fun handling and adds it to an SUV that exudes sophistication and class. The 2019 BMW X3 is a perfect family-friendly SUV that is engaging as well as practical. It is a blend of utility, extravagance, and execution make the X3 a skilled daily driver that can satisfy almost any obligation.

The X3 is not cheap, to begin with, and adding packages and options quickly skyrockets its price. But compared to the key rivals, the price hike is not that high. The X3 has powerful engines, great driving dynamics, and a large cargo capacity. If you are in the SUV market, the BMW X3 should definitely be on top of your list.