2016 BMW X3


Ranked #6 in Compact Suv

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Starting MSRP $38,950 - $46,800
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Key Spec of 2016 BMW X3
fuel economy


fuel type

Premium Unleaded


240 hp @ 5000 rpm

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Upscale interior

Options list are quite expensive

Enhanced USB and Bluetooth are now standard on all the trims, which includes Mobile Office, additional microphone, Bluetooth sync for an additional 2nd phone, library browsing via Bluetooth, and iSpeech Voice control for contacts and music.

Very competent and fuel-efficient engine options

Difficult to learn controls

Harman Kardon's surround sound system is now standard on the X3 xDrive35i trim.

Very supportive seats

Idle might feel a bit noisy in the 28i variants

A lot of personalization options with the available packages

Not as good off-road as you would hope it to be

2016 BMW X3 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 21, 2022

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The 2016 BMW X3 remains pretty much unchanged as compared to previous year. The BMW X3 2016 price starts at $38,950 and an additional $995 is levied as destination fee over the base price of all the trims. BMW now offers a premium Harman-Kardon audio system with the xDrive35i. As compared to previous model year, the 3-Series crossover is more expensive by $450. 

Featuring a 4-trim lineup of sDrive28i, xDrive28i, xDrive28d and xDrive35i, the 2016 BMW X3 MSRP can be an expense of $39,945-$47,795 this season. Having said that, it simply translates to the fact that the range-leader 2016 X3 xDrive35i will cost you $7,850 more than the base sDrive28i for enhanced specs, features and performance.


Invoice Price



$36,335 $39,945
xDrive28i $38,175 $41,495
xDrive28d $39,555 $43,445
xDrive35i $43,555 $47,795

2016 BMW X3 For Sale 

The 2016 BMW X3 sDrive28i can be leased for a term of 36 months and $539/month. The amount due is $3,995 and the annual mileage is limited to 10,000 miles. The same model can also be financed for as low as 2.99% APR for a term of 60 months and $682/month. The down payment amount is $3,995. The final APR will depend on the credit score profile.

For budget-oriented buyers, the used 2016 BMW X3 can be availed of with a base price of $11,304. Going for older model years like the 2015 BMW X3 could be a matter of $10,300 and BMW X3 2014 can cost as much as $8,950 along with a listing of up to 5,653 in total. 

Model Year

Starting Inventory Price

No. Of Listing

2022 BMW X3 (Check Now!) $39,980 250
2021 BMW X3 $30,800 452
2020 BMW X3 $18,500 593
2019 BMW X3 $23,900 1370
2018 BMW X3 $27,500 73
2017 BMW X3 $12,750 817
2016 BMW X3 $ 11,304 426
2015 BMW X3 $10,300 250
2014 BMW X3l $8,950 508
2013 BMW X3 $5,900 519
2012 BMW X3 $6,750 163
2011 BMW X3 $6,989 232

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Simply put, if you are tight on budget, the 2016 BMW sDrive28i is the perfect choice. Despite being the base trim it offers many desirable features. If you need performance go for the xDrive35i trim.

The 2016 BMW X3 engine is a 2.0-liter inline-four turbo engine with 240 horsepower and is standard with the 28i trims. A 2.0-liter inline-four diesel engine offers 180 horsepower, while the star-kid of the block has to be the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine, offering 300 horsepower. The 2016 X3 Xdrive35i does a 0-60 mph sprint in 5.7 seconds, smoking its competition like the standard Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60. The X3 xDrive28d offers better fuel economy at 30 mpg combined and with a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds it is practical as well. The 2016 BMW X3 interior of all the trims is pretty impressive and a cargo capacity of 27.6 cubic feet is adequate to say the least. The X3 2016 problems aren’t very significant with four recalls and about forty-one complaints under its name. 

Trim wise pricing breakdown

NameInvoice PriceMSRPNumber of Listings
28i xDrive 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)$38175$40950517 Listings
28i sDrive 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)$36335$3895080 Listings
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Over All Rating

8.4Out of 10

Notable Rankings

#6 in Compact Suv

#8 in Suv

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28i$38,950 onwards
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  • 40/20/40 Split-Folding Rear Seat
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Automatic headlights
  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Eight-Way Power Front Seats With Driver Memory Functions
  • Idrive Electronics Interface With A Touchpad Controller
  • LED foglamps
  • Premium vinyl upholstery
  • Rear privacy glass
28i$38,950 onwards
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  • 40/20/40 Split-Folding Rear Seat
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Automatic headlights
  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Eight-Way Power Front Seats With Driver Memory Functions
  • Idrive Electronics Interface With A Touchpad Controller
  • LED foglamps
  • Premium vinyl upholstery
  • Rear privacy glass

Used BMW X3 For Sale

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Hollywood, FL

2017 BMW X3 28i

sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

Est. $257/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,897 Below market
RMV: $23,896
Mileage 70,479 mi.
Listed On 22 Jun 2022 (275 Days)
Price Drop, $4500
15 Jul 2022
Marietta, GA

2017 BMW X3 28i

sDrive28i 4dr SUV (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

Est. $224/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,226 Below market
RMV: $20,726
Mileage 106,719 mi.
Listed On 13 Jan 2022 (436 Days)
Ocala, FL

2017 BMW X3 28i

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

Est. $241/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,464 Below market
RMV: $22,262
Mileage 97,320 mi.
Listed On 14 Jun 2022 (283 Days)
Streamwood, IL

2017 BMW X3 28i

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

Est. $271/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,611 Below market
RMV: $24,606
Mileage 88,984 mi.
Listed On 02 Apr 2022 (356 Days)
Price Drop, $1000
29 Sep 2022
Orlando, FL

2016 BMW X3 35i

xDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

Est. $276/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,673 Below market
RMV: $25,071
Mileage 61,509 mi.
Listed On 12 Apr 2022 (346 Days)
Jamaica, NY

2017 BMW X3 28i

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

Est. $237/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,007 Below market
RMV: $21,502
Mileage 74,557 mi.
Listed On 10 Dec 2022 (105 Days)
Price Drop, $97
22 Sep 2021
Amityville, NY

2017 BMW X3 SUV

xDrive35i AWD

Est. $338/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,703 Below market
RMV: $30,603
Mileage 38,450 mi.
Listed On 22 Aug 2021 (579 Days)
Price Drop, $300
26 Sep 2022
Levittown, NY

2015 BMW X3 35i

xDrive35i 4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

Est. $226/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,809 Below market
RMV: $20,504
Mileage 84,756 mi.
Listed On 16 May 2022 (312 Days)
Price Drop, $1005
15 Oct 2022
Falls Church, VA

2017 BMW X3 28i

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

Est. $271/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,414 Below market
RMV: $24,409
Mileage 70,524 mi.
Listed On 23 Jun 2022 (274 Days)

Colors and Styles

Build Car
Alpine White

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

With regards to the trim level, the 2016 X3 offers four different choices to its customers, with a starting price range of $38,950 to $46,800 depending on the variant. Although a pretty competent SUV in its segment, the X3 faces steep competition from the likes of Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, Acura RDX, and other similar compact luxury crossover SUVs in the market.



The 2016 BMW X3 is available in four different trim levels to choose from, viz. sDrive28i, xDrive28i, xDrive28d, and xDrive35i. Starting at $38,950, the base sDrive28i model is more than enough for most people with features like power-adjustable front seats with driver memory functions, automatic headlights, LED fog lamps, a power liftgate, and a plethora of other tech features and creature comforts. The xDrive28i is basically the sDrive28i, but replaces the RWD drivetrain with an AWD one, and adds a hill descent control feature on top of it. 

Then comes the xDrive28d, which is basically the xDrive28i, but replaces the base gasoline engine with a diesel-powered one. Then there’s the top-of-the-range xDrive35i which replaces the base 4-cylinder gasoline engine with a more powerful 6-cylinder gasoline-powered unit. Along with that, it also gets some updates such as adaptive xenon headlights, adaptive LED taillights, a panoramic sunroof, and a premium 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system as well.









Key Features

18” wheels

In addition to or replaces sDrive28i features with:

In addition to or replaces xDrive28i features with:


Automatic headlights

All-wheel drive

More powerful Inline-6 gasoline engine


LED fog lamps

Hill descent control

Adaptive xenon headlights


Roof rails


Adaptive LED taillights


Dual-zone automatic climate control


Panoramic sunroof


Power liftgate


16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system

With regards to options and packages, the 2016 BMW X3 offers a lot of options to its customers, which includes both major packages and a la carte items as well. Optional packages in the 2016 BMW X3 include:

  • Premium package
  • Cold Weather package
  • Technology Package
  • Dynamic Handling Package
  • Driver Assistance Package
  • Driver Assistance Plus Package
  • Mobile Assistance package

There’s also a Lighting Package that adds adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams to the xDrive35i, while the lesser trims get xenon headlights and adaptive LED taillights, with the LED headlights being available at an additional cost. But that’s not all. If you want to stand out among the X3 owners, you can equip your X3 with the M Sport package which features bigger 19” wheels, torque-vectoring AWD, an aerodynamic body kit, sport front seats, special interior trim, and a sport steering wheel as well.

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To be honest, the base sDrive28i offers so much more than what you would ever ask, especially at its price point. It might have a "SensaTec" premium vinyl upholstery as standard, but you can upgrade to leather upholstery with the available Premium Package. In fact, you can customize it just the way you want with the plethora of optional packages and a la carte items available for the car. But if you’ve got the cash and want to get full-on with the car, you can go for the top-spec xDrive35i trim without any hesitation. In fact, you can get most of the features as standard with the range-topping xDrive35i trim and save a few bucks as well.

Engine and Performance


Under the hood of the 2016 BMW X3 is any one of the three different engines available, depending on the trim level you get. The 28i models are powered by a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline-powered engine making 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Peak torque is achieved at just 1,250 rpm, which makes this engine very responsive. The 28d model uses a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine that makes 180 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Lastly, the top-spec 35i model comes powered by a 3.0L turbocharged inline-6 producing a maximum of 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque as well. So the turbocharged 6-cylinder engine is the natural choice for those who want the most performance.

Both gasoline engines have Valvetronic variable valve timing and direct fuel injection. With any engine, the X3 comes paired with a responsive and quick-shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system works together with the stability control electronics and normally sends 60 percent of torque to the rear wheels. While the officially claimed 0 to 60 mph time for the base engine is 6.5 seconds, it can do better than that. It has been found hitting 0 to 60 mph in 6 seconds flat, along with a quarter-mile time of 14.7 seconds. The xDrive35i is capable of a 0 to 60 mph time of 5.3 seconds, along with a relatively faster quarter-mile time of 13.9 seconds.


2016 BMW X3

2016 Audi Q5

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

2016 Acura RDX







2.0L turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L turbocharged Inline-4

3.5L V6







8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

9-speed shiftable automatic

6-speed shiftable automatic


240 hp @ 5000 rpm

220 hp @ 4450 rpm

241 hp @ 5500 rpm

279 hp @ 6200 rpm


260 lb-ft @ 1450 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1500 rpm

273 lb-ft @ 1300 rpm

252 lb-ft @ 4900 rpm

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While the BMW X3 might be one of the faster cars in its segment, it is still pretty much in a very similar ballpark with most of its competitors, be it their acceleration, quarter-mile timings, or their top speeds. In fact, they are far more closely matched than you would expect, even the Acura RDX with its relatively different powertrain setup compared to the rest.

Fuel Economy


The base 2.0L turbo-4 engine powering the sDrive28i, and the xDrive28i manages fuel economy figures of 21, 28, and 24 mpg in the city, highway, and combined respectively. Then you have the most powerful offering in the lineup, the xDrive35i with the 3.0L turbocharged inline-6 engine capable of delivering 19, 27, and 22 mpg in the city, highway, and combined respectively.


2016 BMW X3

2016 Audi Q5

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

2016 Acura RDX

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In terms of fuel economy, the BMW X3 and most of its competitors are very closely matched. However, the Audi Q5 takes the win with its large fuel tank, and with its excellent fuel economy, it offers a 554-mile driving range on the highway.



The interior of the 2016 X3 looks and feels pretty sophisticated, and the controls do have a steep learning curve to them. Other than that, there is nothing to complain about regarding the quality of materials used and the build quality of the car. In fact, the use of high-quality and rich-looking materials all around the car makes it feel more upscale for what it is, especially for its segment. With highly supportive front seats, it is more of a car to drive around, rather than being driven around. Overall, the interior of the X3 is a pretty special place to be in.

While you get convenience features like power-adjustable front seats as standard right from the base trim level, luxury features like heated front and rear seats are optional add-ons, such as a heated steering wheel, which is the same even for the top-of-the-line xDrive35i trim. In terms of upholstery, the 2016 X3 comes with "SensaTec" premium vinyl upholstery as standard across the trim levels. If you want to upgrade it to leather upholstery, you need to opt for the Premium Package, which also adds four-way lumbar support for the front seats as well. The rear seatback has a 40/20/40 split-folding configuration so that it can be folded for any combination of passengers and cargo.


2016 BMW X3

2016 Audi Q5

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

2016 Acura RDX

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The BMW X3 is at a bit of a disadvantage in the competition when it comes to front and rear legroom. But it is not that the BMW X3 is cramped in any way or form. In fact, room for the front passengers is overly sufficient, while the rear legroom is downright decent for what it is. The cargo area behind the rear seats measures 27.6 cu-ft., and the total cargo capacity with the rear seatbacks folded down is 63.3 cu-ft., both of which are pretty decent numbers by its class standards. Standout interior features:

  • Power adjustable front seats with driver seat memory
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Ski pass-through
  • Steering wheel audio controls

How intuitive is the 2016 BMW X3’s infotainment unit?

As mentioned earlier, the 2016 BMW X3 gets an enhanced USB and Bluetooth standard on the trims. The base trim starts off with BMW's popular iDrive electronics interface which comes with a touchpad controller for easy navigation of the menus. A CD player is paired with a 9-speaker sound system with HD radio, USB, and AUX ports, along with Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity; which remains pretty much the same till the top-of-the-line xDrive35i, which gets an upgraded 16-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system as standard. 

Unfortunately, none of the trims come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, but the Technology Package does include BMW’s own smartphone app integration, along with BMW Remote Services as well. An integrated touchpad makes it easy to navigate through the menus. Standout infotainment features:

  • Central infotainment display
  • Touchpad controller
  • 9 / 16-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Satellite Radio
  • HD Radio
  • Mobile Office
  • iSpeech voice control for contacts and music



With all the distinct design elements, the X3 looks distinctively like a BMW, especially with that kidney grille at the front. The aggressive front and rear fascia give it a pretty sporty aesthetics. In other words, the 2016 X3 does look the part, and it matches the sporty aesthetics of the car. If you want your X3 to stand out among the rest, you can opt for the M Sport Package which equips the car with 19-inch M light-alloy double-spoke wheels, high-gloss roof rails, an aero kit, and a Shadowline exterior trim among the exterior enhancements. The wheelbase is one of the longest in the segment at 110.6 inches. While the ground clearance is pretty high at 8” off the ground, the X3 is not much of an off-roader, to be honest. It feels more at home on the tarmac.


2016 BMW X3

2016 Audi Q5

2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class

2016 Acura RDX

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If we compare the exterior dimensions of the BMW X3 and its competitors, we would find that they are actually fairly similar in most parts. While the Acura RDX is the longest car here by a small margin, by contrast, it has one of the shortest wheelbases in the competition. Other than that, the rest of the cars are actually very similar in this regard. Standout exterior features:

  • Power mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Mirror memory
  • Aluminum wheels
  • Sun/moonroof
  • Automatic headlights



On top of all the generic passive safety features like airbags and seat belts to protect the occupants during the event of a crash, the BMW X3 also comes equipped with a plethora of advanced driver assistance features under the BMW ConnectedDrive’s Driving Assistant Plus suite to prevent crashes from happening in the first place. 

The Driving Assistant Plus suite includes features like Lane Departure Warning, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function and pedestrian warning with preventive pedestrian protection. BMW’s commitment to safety can be seen in the car’s crash test reports. So the NHTSA rated the 2016 BMW X3 an overall rating of 5 stars. The BMW X3 has a rollover risk of 16.90%, which is decent for an SUV. Standout safety features:

  • Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information (ARTTI)
  • Intelligent Emergency Call function
  • Anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant
  • Forward collision warning
  • City collision mitigation
  • Active blind-spot monitor

Final Verdict

A very good option in the compact luxury crossover SUV segment, the BMW X3 holds its own value proposition in the market. It stands out from the rest due to its dynamic characteristics and athletic handling. With a strong engine under the hood and a sporty suspension setup, it is one of the best driver’s cars in its segment. And with a pretty upscale interior for the segment, there is nothing much to complain about the car. It might be argued to be one of the most balanced SUVs in the compact crossover segment with regards to sportiness and practicality. All-in-all, a pretty capable and practical piece of kit, the 2016 BMW X3 is a must on your test-drive list when looking for a car of its class.


vehicle bio

base price$38950

body style4dr SUV

engine type

displacement122 cu in

horse power240 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque260 lb.-ft. @ 1450 rpm

transmission8-speed shiftable automatic


length183.8 in

wheelbase110.6 in

width74.1 in

curb weight4030 lbs

height66.1 in

ground clearance8 in


passenger volume90.1 cu ft

cargo volume63.3 cu ft

passenger capacity5 Seats

fuel economy

city/combined/highway21/24/28 mpg

highway range 495.60 mi


basic warranty4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty4 yr./ 50,000 mi.

BMW X3 5 year Cost To Own

Cash Price(MSRP)
5 Year Cost To Own
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $72,121
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
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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Is 2016 BMW X3 a reliable car?With a J.D. Power Consumer Rating reliability score of 86/100, the 2016 X3 can be considered as very reliable.
Is 2016 BMW X3 a fast car?The 2016 BMW X3 xDrive35i can be considered as fast with a 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds.
Is the 2016 BMW X3 fun to drive?Yes. The 2016 X3 offers a good combination of sportiness and comfort over bumpy roads.
Is the 2016 BMW X3 a crossover or SUV?The 2016 BMW X3 is a 3-Series luxury crossover with similar features and better practicality