2012 BMW X3

Rating7.9

Ranked #5 in Compact Suv

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Starting MSRP 

$42,700

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Key Spec of 2012 BMW X3
fuel economy

19/22/26

fuel type

Premium Unleaded

horsepower

300 hp @ 5800 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Powerful turbocharged engine

Optional extras raise the price significantly

The model remains largely unchanged and is a carryover from its predecessor

Sophisticated interiors

Laudable safety ratings

2012 BMW X3 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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BMW is a German car manufacturer known for making performance cars with sleek design, modern features, and amazing driving experience. All of the BMW models are very popular amongst car enthusiasts as BMW has proven to be a reliable brand over the years and has gained the trust of many. Its grand SUV segment has been well served by the BMW X3.

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Over All Rating

7.9

Out of 10

6.00
9.00
7.00
8.10
6.00
8.50
8.50
9.30
7.00
Notable Rankings

#5 in Compact Suv

#6 in Suv


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Trims

35i$42,700 onwards

  • 18-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof

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2012 BMW X3 28i

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2011 BMW X3 28i

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2013 BMW X3 SUV

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2013 BMW X3
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2013 BMW X3 28i

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2013 BMW X3 SUV

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$12,995
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2013 BMW X3
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$10,499
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Price Drop, $1000
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$10,995
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$3,003 Below market
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2012 BMW X3 28i

xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8A)

$10,990
Est. $149/mo
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$3,008 Below market
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2013 BMW X3
1
Price Drop, $2000
Previous Price: $1299923 Jun 2022
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2013 BMW X3 28i

xDrive28i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

$10,999
Est. $149/mo
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$2,997 Below market
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Colors and Styles

2012 BMW X3 in Black Sapphire Metallic color
Black Sapphire Metallic

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The BMW X3 is an SUV offered by the manufacturer that has great performance, with comfort and style being one of its main attributes. The X3 arrives in 2012 with no major changes. However, it does come with plenty of additional packages to better suit the buyer's needs. It is all set to outclass its competitors in the market. Some of the main competitors of the 2012 BMW X3 are the 2012 Acura RDX, the 2012 Audi Q5, and the 2012 Volvo XC60. Can this new X3 emerge as the top contender and prove to be a better buy? Let's find out.


Features
7.0/10

The BMW X3 offers 2 trim levels to choose from, mainly known as xDrive28i and xDrive35i. The price starts from $37,100 for the xDrive28i and goes up to $42,700 for the xDrive35i. Prices can also alter based on the optional packages you choose from. The changes in the trims are that it gets additional driving aids and safety features and also a more powerful engine for better performance.

Trim

xDrive28i

xDrive35i

MSRP (FWD)

$37,100

$42,700

Key Features

8-way power front seats

Same as xDrive28i with additional features

 

Leatherette premium vinyl upholstery

Adaptive xenon headlights

 

Automatic climate control

Panoramic sunroof

 

iDrive electronic interface

Wood interior accents

 

12-speaker sound system

18” alloy wheels

 

17” alloy wheels

 

We Recommend

We recommend you go for the xDrive35i trim as it offers plenty of features that add value. It has premium features like a 10 speaker audio system, adaptive xenon lights, panoramic sunroof, and 18-inch alloy wheels that are missing in the Base trim. Also, it has a turbocharged engine which is more powerful and has better MPG figures than the base xDrive28i.

Engine and Performance
8.1/10

The 2012 BMW X3 is available with two engine options to choose from. The Base xDrive28i has a 3.0L inline-6 cylinder engine that produces 240 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, while the xDrive35i has a 3.0L turbocharged inline-6 cylinder engine that can churn out 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. The drivetrain is AWD with an 8-speed shiftable automatic gearbox, which is standard across the entire range. The engine is very refined, and the handling is surprisingly very good.

You won’t feel any bumps in the cabin as the suspension soaks up most of it. Coming to acceleration, the base 3.0L engine can do 0-60 in 6.3 seconds and a quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds, whereas, the turbocharged variant can do 0-60 in just 5.8 seconds and a quarter-mile in 14.4 seconds. The SUV in its base configuration can reach up to a top speed of 130 mph.

Models

2012 BMW X3

2012 Acura RDX

2012 Audi Q5

2012 Volvo XC60

MSRP

$37,100

$34,895

$35,600

$33,300

Engine

3.0 liter Inline-6

2.3 liter Inline-4

2-liter turbo Inline-4

3.2 liter Inline-6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-Speed shiftable Automatic

5-speed Automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed Automatic

Power

258 hp @ 6600 rpm

240 hp @ 6000 rpm

211 hp @ 4300 rpm

240 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque

221 ft-lbs. @ 2750-4000 rpm

260 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

258 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

236 lb.-ft. @ 3200 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

6.3 secs

6.4 secs

6.8 secs

6.6 secs

Quarter Mile (seconds)

14.8 secs

15.1 secs

15.9 secs

16.0 secs

Top Speed (MPH)

130

N/A

140

130

The X3 beats its competition in the 0-60 and quarter-mile timings. The Audi Q5, on the other hand, is the slowest in terms of its performance. While the power output on the base X3 is sufficient, you can always opt for the higher trim for better overall performance. When comparing the price tag, BMW is the most expensive option in the segment.

Fuel Economy
6.0/10

The X3 does pretty well in terms of fuel economy. The base 3.0L inline-6 cylinder engine provides 19 MPG in the city, 25 MPG on the highway, and 21 MPG combined. Opting for the xDrive35i variant, the BMW X3 becomes slightly more efficient as it offers 26 MPG on the highways. However, the fuel tank capacity could have been better which would have increased its overall range.

Models

2012 BMW X3

2012 Acura RDX

2012 Audi Q5

2012 Volvo XC60

MPG (City)

19

17

20

17

MPG (Highway)

25

22

27

23

MPG (Combined)

21

19

22

20

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

17.7

18.0

19.8

18.5

Range (City/Highway/ Combined, in Miles)

336/443/371

306/396/342

396/535/435

314/425/370

The Audi Q5 is the most fuel-efficient when compared to its competitors, followed by the X3 coming in second on the list. Meanwhile, Acura RDX is the worst in terms of fuel efficiency as compared to its rivals. When comparing the overall range of the SUVs in the competition, Audi offers the most at 435 miles combined.

Interior
8.5/10

The interior of the 2012 BMW X3 is very comfortable and offers a lot of luxury. It is easily recognizable as it is similar to its elder sibling, the BMW X5. Throughout the interior, you'll find upscale materials. The space in the front is sufficient so taller folks won’t find any issues. The dashboard design is typical BMW and is covered in leather. The steering wheel is also wrapped in leather and has mounted buttons that are nicely arranged and are very straightforward.

The X3 can accommodate a total of 5 passengers. The front seats are well cushioned and are very comfortable. You also get leather seats as standard on both trims. The armrest is wide and comfortable for both the driver as well as the passenger. The space towards the rear is sufficient where two adults and a child can sit easily. Overall the entire interior feels premium and opulent. The SUV has a cargo capacity of 27.6 cubic feet, which is the least in the segment.

Models

2012 BMW X3

2012 Acura RDX

2012 Audi Q5

2012 Volvo XC60

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.7/57.3/39.9

38.7/58.2/41.8

39.4/57.7/41

39/56.7/41.2

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.1/56.0/36.8

38.3/56.3/37.6

39/56.4/37

39.5/55.2/36.4

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

27.6

27.8

29.1

30.8

The Acura RDX is better than its competitors when it comes to its interior space. Meanwhile, the Volvo XC60 has the best cargo space at 30.8 cubic feet. As for the BMW, it does have sufficient cargo space but has the least legroom in the front. All the SUVs offer seating space for 5, which is the segment standard. In a nutshell, some of the interior features on offer are:

  • 8-way power-adjustable front seat
  • Leatherette upholstery
  • Leather upholstered steering wheel
  • Automatic climate control
  • Available leather upholstery
  • Rear window shades
  • Power tailgate

How intuitive is the 2012 BMW X3’s infotainment unit?

The X3 has an iDrive interface with the BMW app support. The display is of good quality, and there is no screen glare issue even in bright sunlight. The system is very responsive and is straightforward to use, and the font size is big enough and easily readable. The infotainment can be controlled by a knob that is present on the center console.

It has Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming and has USB ports and Auxiliary ports. It also has a CD/DVD player with an HD radio and iPod connectivity. Moreover, you get a 12-speaker sound system, which can be upgraded to a 16-speaker sound system that will take the party on the roads. Finally, it has a navigation system with a voice-command function that is accurate and works perfectly fine. Some of the key infotainment features on offer are:

  • iDrive interface with BMW app support
  • Bluetooth and iPod connectivity
  • USB port
  • Auxiliary port
  • CD/DVD player
  • 12-speaker sound system
  • 16-speaker sound system (Optional)
  • Navigation system with voice command
Exterior
8.5/10

The 2012 BMW X3 has no new updates to the exterior as well. It still is very appealing and is heavily inspired by the X5 which makes sense. It actually looks like a smaller version of the X5. It has 17-inch wheels on the xDrive28i and 18-inch wheels on the xDrive35i. The SUV is curvier towards the front that houses the kidney grille, which is finished in chrome accents. The rear looks aggressive with enlarged BMW sedan-inspired looks. Moreover, the LED headlamps and taillamps make the car look aggressive and modern.

Models

2012 BMW X3

2012 Acura RDX

2012 Audi Q5

2012 Volvo XC60

Curb Weight (lbs)

4112

3931

4090

4012

Length (in)

183.0

183.0

182.0

182.0

Width (in)

74.0

74.0

74.0

74.0

Height (in)

65.0

65.0

65.0

67.0

Ground Clearance (in)

8.0

6.0

8.0

9.0

Wheelbase (in)

110.6

104.3

110.5

108.2

The BMW X3 is longer and wider than most of its competitors in the market. It is also a little on the heavier side in this segment. Meanwhile, the Acura RDX has the shortest wheelbase and the lowest ground clearance in the segment. The Volvo XC60 has the highest ground clearance, which makes it a better vehicle for rough terrains. Some of the key exterior features are:

  • 17” alloy wheels
  • 18” alloy wheels (xDrive35i)
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Available black exterior trim
  • Available wheels in black
  • Available roof rails
Safety
9.3/10

The BMW X3 does not have any crash test ratings from the NHTSA, but it has received ‘Good’ ratings and also a ‘Top Safety Pick’ award in midsize luxury SUV from the IIHS. It is packed with many safety features. Some of the safety features include ABS, front knee airbags, front, second, and third-row airbags along with full-length side curtains airbags. Some of the standout safety tech and features on offer are:

  • Dynamic stability control
  • Hill descent control
  • Crash sensor System
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Head protection system (front and rear)
  • Brake Fade compensation
  • ABS and Dynamic brake control
Final Verdict

The 2012 BMW X3 features excellent engines with great handling. It also has exceptional fuel economy with a lot of safety tech as standard, which makes it a suitable daily driver. The exterior and the interior are very appealing and resemble the flagship X5. The only problem with it is that some of the additional packages are very expensive. So, if you are willing to shell out some extra cash for the features you desire, the X3 is a great choice. If not, the base X3 with no optional extras is still a worthy pick.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$42700

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
displacement

182 cu in

horse power

300 hp @ 5800 rpm

torque

300 lb.-ft. @ 1200 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic w/OD and auto manual

dimensions
length

183 in

wheelbase

110.6 in

width

74.1 in

curb weight

4222 lbs

Height

65.4 in

Ground Clearance

8 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

90.1 cu ft

cargo volume

63.3 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

19/22/26 mpg

warranty
basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.


BMW X3 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$50,899
5 Year Cost To Own
$72,121
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $72,121
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$8,551$5,767$4,782$5,298$4,678$29,076
Insurance$1,333$1,426$1,500$1,531$1,582$7,372
Fuel$1,959$2,005$2,030$2,060$2,160$10,214
Maintenance$-30$-42$934$3,332$3,891$8,085
Repairs$-45$-48$-2$1,141$1,821$2,867
Financing Interest$3,139$2,581$1,939$1,216$433$9,308
Taxes and Fees$4,224$272$325$213$165$5,199
Total Cost-To-Own$19,131$11,961$11,508$14,791$14,730$72,121
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