2018 BMW X3

Rating7.6

Ranked #4 in Compact Luxury Suv

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$42,650

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Key Spec of 2018 BMW X3
fuel economy

22/25/29

fuel type

Gasoline Direct Injection

horsepower

-

basic warranty

-

ProsConsWhat's New

Cavernous SUV with a capacious cabin

Not the most well-equipped SUV

Fully redesigned

Unscathed reliability ratings and safety scores

Devoid of Android Auto compatibility, even as optional

Introduces the third generation of the SUV

Paramount luxury

Concoction of utility and functionalism

2018 BMW X3 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: January 10, 2022

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Nathan Dyer 

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BMW’s vehicles have become synonymous with plushness and performance and in every segment of the market, the brand’s top-notch craftsmanship has allowed it to gain ascendancy over its competitors. At the helm of the brand’s affairs lies the X3 SUV. Slotted right between the BMW X1 and BMWX5 in the lineup, the X3 reeks of refinement, despite being highly accessible. It is a fitting option for those jumping onto the luxury SUV bandwagon and promises to be a viable alternative to the likes of the Audi Q5, the Mercedes-Benz GLC Class, and the Volvo XC60.

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Over All Rating

7.6

Out of 10

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7.50
7.90
8.00
8.80
8.00
Notable Rankings

#4 in Compact Luxury Suv

#7 in Compact Suv

#12 in Suv


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Trims

40i$42,650 onwards


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2017 BMW X3Home Delivery
23
Price Drop, $97
Previous Price: $2499722 Sep 2021

2017 BMW X3 SUV

xDrive35i AWD

$24,900
Est. $338/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,735 Below market
RMV: $30,635
Amityville, NY
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2017 BMW X3
12

2017 BMW X3 28i

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

$19,995
Est. $271/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,611 Below market
RMV: $24,606
Streamwood, IL
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2017 BMW X3
23
Price Drop, $1000
Previous Price: $2298010 Jun 2022

2017 BMW X3 28i

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

$21,980
Est. $298/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,018 Below market
RMV: $26,998
Birmingham, AL
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2017 BMW X3
14

2017 BMW X3 28i

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

$21,995
Est. $298/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,003 Below market
RMV: $26,998
Fuquay Varina, NC
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2017 BMW X3
13
Price Drop, $2027
Previous Price: $1699506 Jul 2022

2017 BMW X3 28i

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

$14,968
Est. $203/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,230 Below market
RMV: $18,198
Queens Village, NY
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2019 BMW X3
3

2019 BMW X3 SUV

30i

$30,995
Est. $420/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,489 Below market
RMV: $37,484
Friendswood, TX
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2017 BMW X3Home Delivery
20

2017 BMW X3 28i

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

$19,900
Est. $270/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,135 Below market
RMV: $24,035
Elizabeth, NJ
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2019 BMW X3
9
Price Drop, $489
Previous Price: $3238828 Jun 2022

2019 BMW X3 30i

xDrive30i 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)

$31,899
Est. $433/mo
Excellent Deal
$6,601 Below market
RMV: $38,500
Edison, NJ
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2017 BMW X3Home Delivery
14
Price Drop, $1057
Previous Price: $1907920 Jul 2022

2017 BMW X3 28i

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

$18,022
Est. $244/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,708 Below market
RMV: $21,730
Palatine, IL
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Colors and Styles

2018 BMW X3 in Alpine White color
Alpine White

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

For 2018, the BMW X3 is all-new and it kick starts the third generation of the SUV. In its design, the X3 manages to embrace modernity with grace and has a nostalgic hint to it as well that is evident in its lights and the front grille. But in terms of performance, the latest iteration is a great improvement over the predecessor. The BMW X3 now seems to be a fitting German vehicle that vaunts everyday drivability and is zestfully quick for enthusiastic drivers as well. But in an ever-evolving and expanding compact SUVmarket, can the X3 hold on to its position of dominance, let’s find out?


Features
7.0/10

Like its exterior design, even the trim hierarchy of the BMW X3 is all-new for 2018. The compact SUV is now available in two trim options, namely the xDrive40i and the M40i, ditching the three-option structure available previously. Both these trims are technologically advanced and come with a standard all-wheel-drivetrain, but they host different engine units under their hoods. While the base trim, which starts a little over $42,500, is specifically built for pleasurable driving, the M40i is for those who long a higher level of performance.

Trims

xDrive40i

M40i

MSRP

$42,650

$54,500

Key Features

Universal Garage Door Opener

Adds to or replaces features of the xDrive40i

 

All-season front and rear tires

Front and rear performance tires

 

Heated Mirrors

Rear Parking Aid

 

Wireless Apple CarPlay

Driver and Passenger Lumbar Support

 

Tri-zone Climate Control

Sport-tuned suspension and sport exhaust

 

Memory Seats

LED headlights and automatic high beams

In terms of feature load, the BMW X3 is not the best option available in the segment today, as most of the features are optional and need to be accessed through packages. However, once equipped with a definitive package, the X3’s utility and feasibility improve manifold. There are a total of three package options that can be availed with both the trim levels, which include the Driver Assistance Package, Driver Assistance Plus Package, and the Parking Package, and the kind of features they add are self-explanatory by their monikers.

We Recommend

Both trims of the BMW X3 are highly potent and the final buying decision would depend on the kind of utility that the buyers aim at drawing out of their luxury SUV. While both options are highly qualified and the decision is purely subjective, we recommend opting for the Driver Assistance Plus package to make the trims all the more comprehensive. This package adds a lane-departure warning system, cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise amongst other features, and costs an additional $1,700.

Engine and Performance
8.0/10

Under the hood of the BMW X3, buyers will find either a 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 unit or a 3.0L turbocharged inline-6 unit performing the chores. While the four-banger unit is good for 248 hp and 258 lb.-ft of torque, the higher-placed unit available with the M40i trim churns out a mammoth 355 hp and 369 lb.-ft of torque. Both these options are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission as standard and are channeled as all-wheel-drive options, making them fit for all kinds of terrains and situations.

With an evident difference in the outputs, both the engines of the BMW X3 deliver varying levels of performance. In its base avatar, the X3 xDrive40i can sprint from 0-60mph in just 6.4 seconds, which is at par with the segment standards. In the quarter-mile run as well, a recorded time of 14.8-seconds puts the SUV in direct contention with its adversaries. However, it is the fiercer M40i variant that adds an element of excitement to the drive. It achieves similar feats in 4.8 and 13.4 seconds, respectively, and records a top speed of 155 MPH, making it a mad machine.

Model

2018 BMW X3

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class

2018 Volvo XC60

2018 Audi Q5

MSRP

$42,650

$42,050

$41,500

$44,100

Engine

2.0L turbocharged inline-4

2.0L turbocharged inline-4

2.0L turbocharged inline-4

2.0L turbocharged inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Power

248 hp

241 hp

250 hp

252 hp

Torque

258 lb.-ft

273 lb.-ft

258 lb.-ft

273 lb.-ft

0-60mph (seconds)

6.3 seconds

6.4 seconds

7.3 seconds

5.9 seconds

Quarter-mile (seconds)

14.8 seconds

14.8 seconds

15.5 seconds

14.4 seconds

Top Speed (mph)

130 MPH

138 MPH

130 MPH

130 MPH

It is tough to distinguish between the BMW X3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC Class when it comes to performance. But for us, the Audi Q5, is undoubtedly a winner in this aspect. While it does not have a considerable advantage in terms of outputs over its competitors, the Q5’s efficient weight management and practical use of available power allow it to clock the 60mph mark in just under 6 seconds, making it the quickest option in the segment. The Volvo XC60, however, lies at the other end of the spectrum, taking 7.3 seconds to achieve a similar feat, and in all honesty, it fails to match the German SUVs, both in terms of drive sophistication and refinement.

2018 BMW X3 Ride and Handling

The 2018 BMW X3 is a revelation as compared to the outgoing model and its comprehensiveness also extends to its drivability. Over the yesteryear model, the X3’s refinement has improved manifold. It’s a breeze to drive in the city limits and on the highway and also comes in handy in moderately challenging off-road conditions. Drive it yourself or get chauffeured around, the ride quality of the revamped SUV is impeccable. Seldom do you find yourself irked by road undulations and even body roll is well contained while cornering at higher speeds.

The BMW X3 M40i is a tad bit different. While its performance in departments of handling and sophistication is rather praiseworthy, the M40i trim makes use of a sport-tuned suspension that does tend to be a bit firmer than the standard system on offer. However, for those who like the occasional straight-line sprint, the M40i is a fitting, but expensive choice. The only problem that we noted in the SUV is that the steering feedback, especially in the comfort mode, is rather improper and as a result, you might feel a bit detached from the vehicle at higher speeds.

2018 BMW X3 Braking Performance

As impressive as the X3 is in its acceleration, it replicates a similar level of performance when deceleration is concerned. It comes with 13-inch rotors at the front and the rear and delivers a strong performance, thanks to 4-wheel ventilated brakes and an anti-locking braking system. Despite being the heaviest vehicle in the segment, the BMW X3 comes to a halt at 113ft, which is shorter than some of its rivals.

Model

2018 BMW X3

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class

2018 Volvo XC60

2018 Audi Q5

Brake Rotors: front (inches)

13

13.5

13.6

13.3

Brake Rotors: rear (inches)

13

12.6

12.6

13

Curb Weight

4,156 lbs

4,001 lbs

N/A

4,045 lbs

60-0 (ft.)

113 ft.

119 ft.

114 ft.

1\12 ft.

Establishing a lead inthe acceleration department, the Audi Q5 also emerges as the best performer when braking is concerned. It takes 112 ft to come to a halt when decelerating from 60mph. Audi’s impressive performance can be attributed to its proportionate rotor size and controlled curb weight. It lies ahead of the other contemporaries like the Volvo and Mercedes-Benz that take longer distances, despite housing the largest brake rotors of 13.6 and 13.5-inches at the front, respectively.

Fuel Economy
7.5/10

The BMW X3 is fairly efficient, but this statement is only applicable to the base xDrive40i variant of the SUV. In the standard avatar, the X3 manages to average mileage of 22 and 29 MPG in the city and on the highway, respectively. On the other hand, the M40i trim manages a couple of notches lower in similar conditions. It comes with a standard 17.2-gallon fuel tank that is the least voluminous in the segment and manages a combined range of over 400 miles, in either of its trim levels.

Model

2018 BMW X3

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class

2018 Volvo XC60

2018 Audi Q5

MPG (city)

22

21

22

23

MPG (highway)

29

28

28

27

MPG (combined)

25

24

24

25

Fuel capacity (gallons)

17.2-gallons

17.4-gallons

18.8-gallons

18.5-gallons

Range (City, highway, combined, in miles)

378/499/430 mi

365/487/418 mi

414/526/451 mi

425/500/463 mi

In comparison, the 2018 Audi Q5 is the only SUV in the segment that can match the prowess of the BMW in terms of efficiency. It manages a combined mileage of 25 MPG, however, it does come with a bigger fuel tank of 18.5-gallons that allows it to manage 500 miles on the highway. On the other hand, the Mercedes-Benz GLC Class and Volvo XC60 remain a notch below than the competitors, but the latter does have the largest tank in the segment and consequently, it averages the highest range on the highway of 526 miles.

Interior
7.9/10

One glance at the X3’s interior and over its competitors, buying the BMW seems to be a cinch. The cabin of the X3 is and will continue to be revered for its unmatched refinement and the highest level of luxury. While the setup is somewhat similar to the outgoing model, by using better materials, introducing leatherette upholstery, and adorning the cabin with gloss materials through the central console and wooden inlays on the dashboard, BMW has set standards of design for the rivals to live up to.

But amidst all of its flamboyance, the X3 does not forego practicality. Its cabin is commodious in its build and a family of five will never have issues for additional space. However, with lower legroom at its disposal for the rear seat occupants, taller passengers might feel that their movement has been restricted, but the X3 never really seems to disappoint. At the front, it is a different story altogether. The driver and passenger seats are highly supportive and come with power-adjustability for greater autonomy. They are placed in a commanding position and outward visibility is also not an issue. To add to its likability, the X3 also sports the largest cargo bay in the segment, and at 28.7 cu.-ft of space, the SUV can easily accommodate your luggage and golf kit on a weekend getaway.

Model

2018 BMW X3

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class

2018 Volvo XC60

2018 Audi Q5

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

First Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

41.1/57.6/40.3

37.8/57.3/40.8

38/58.2/41.5

41.7/57.7/41

Second Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

39.1/56/36.4

38.5/56.5/37.3

38/56.3/38

39.3/56.5/37.8

Cargo Capacity (cu.-ft)

28.7 cu.-ft

19.4 cu.-ft

17.8 cu.-ft

25.1 cu.-ft

Like the BMW X3, both the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60 have also been redesigned in 2018. While the former focuses on simplicity, Volvo’s latest design ideology on the inside is to make its display screen the center of attraction. But what remains common between both these vehicles is that they lead the segment in terms of overall passenger space. On the other hand, the Mercedes-Benz GLC Class replicates the ideas of its German counterparts. It is undeniably luxurious and unquestionably capacious; however, all the contemporaries of the BMW failed to compete with it in terms of cargo capacity, with the XC60 lurking at the bottom of the table with a total boot space of 17.8 cubic feet.

Some of the salient interior features include:

  • 8-way power driver and passenger seats with height adjustability
  • Leatherette Upholstery
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • Tri-zone climate control
  • Electrochromic Rearview Mirror

How intuitive is the infotainment system of the 2018 BMW X3?

BMW’s X3 is highly modern and voguish and its contemporary nature is also visible in how its infotainment system has been curated. As is typical to all BMW vehicles, the X3 makes use of a combination of touch functionality and a console-mounted rotary knob to control its 6.5-inch touchscreen unit. It is backed by the iDrive infotainment system, which is highly intuitive and does not have a steep learning curve to it. The X3 is fairly equipped in this regard and vaunts features like Apple CarPlay, a navigation system, and Bluetooth connectivity. However, what does come as a surprise is that the SUV is denuded of Android Auto compatibility, a feature that is now readily available in vehicles below its class as well.

Some of the salient infotainment features include:

  • 12-speaker sound system
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Apple CarPlay
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • USB Connection
  • HD and Satellite Radio
Exterior
8.0/10

On the outside, the X3 is all-new, yet it feels familiar. With its revised design, BMW’s compact SUV upholds an element of freshness and looks rather subtle in a segment that is swiftly transitioning towards aggressive silhouettes. It is bulbous in its build but does have muscular lines running through the entire body, which gives it a striking persona. The kidney grilles reek of familiarity and even though the head- and taillights have been redesigned, you do find some minor similarities when the SUV is directly compared with the 2017 BMW X3.

The 2018 BMW X3 is available in nine distinct shades and is highly versatile. It is the heaviest option available in the segment today and weighs almost 100 lbs over its competitors. But it is easily the largest SUV as well. The X3 is the longest in the segment at 185.9 inches and comes with a wheelbase of 112.8 inches. It is the tallest SUV in the segment and comes with a ground clearance of 8.0-inches, which is adequate as per requirements but is shorter than some of its rivals.

Model

2018 BMW X3

2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class

2018 Volvo XC60

2018 Audi Q5

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,156 lbs

4,001 lbs

N/A

4,045 lbs

Length (in)

185.9

183.3

184.6

183.6

Width (in)

74.4

74.4

78.7

74.5

Height (in)

66.0

64.7

65.3

65.3

Ground Clearance (in)

8.0

5.9

8.5

8.2

Wheelbase (in)

112.8

113.1

112.8

111

Since the Audi Q5 and Volvo XC60 have also been redesigned in 2018, they look rather fresh and new-fangled. But both these SUVs conform to the idea of striking and aggressive designs, while the Mercedes-Benz GLC Class, like the BMW, continues to be elusive, ultra-fine, and looks rather ostentatious. However, since the design is a subjective parameter, it is difficult to declare a winner purely on the basis of their appeal.

In terms of dimensions as well, all of these SUVs are rather closely matched. While the GLC Class has the longest wheelbase of 113.1 inches, it is the lightest in the segment at 4,001 lbs. On the other hand, the Volvo XC60 is the widest option in the segment and also has the highest clearance from the ground of 8.5 inches, making it a fitting option on uneven terrains.

Some of the standout exterior features include:

  • Rear Spoiler
  • Sun/moonroof
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional trailer hitch receiver
  • Roof Rails
  • Fog Lamps
Safety
8.8/10

What remains unchanged about the X3, however, is its high structural integrity and impressive safety performance. The 2018 iteration of BMW’s SUV scores an impressive overall rating of “Good” in the crash tests conducted by the IIHS and even in exclusive areas, its performance remains highly promising. Though it does score moderately when child seats and headlights are concerned, the BMW X3 manages to be recognized as the “Top Safety Pick+” for 2018. Its optional features improve its safety quotient considerably and include specifications like lane-departure warning, a blind-spot monitor, and cross-traffic alert. All of these features can be accessed through optional packages only, which do require the buyer to shell out an additional couple of thousand dollars.

Some standard safety features available with the 2018 BMW X3 include:

  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Pre- and Post-collision Safety System
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Dusk-sensing headlamps
  • Emergency Braking Preparation
  • Integrated turn signal mirrors
Competition
8.0/10

2018 BMW X3 vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC Class

The newly redesigned BMW X3 is an undisputed choice when the only other car in comparison is the Mercedes-Benz GLC Class. Though both these SUVs belong to a German descend and are highly luxurious, BMW’s tryst with refinement works to its advantage. While both vehicles are equally matched in terms of straight-line performance, the X3 gains ascendancy when deceleration and fuel efficiency are concerned. Additionally, the X3 has larger cargo space to its name, which makes it the more practical option of the two.

2018 BMW X3 vs 2018 Volvo XC60

Being the only Swedish competitor in comparison here, the Volvo XC60 is truly a breath of fresh air. Despite being gimmicky, the XC60 builds a reputation of being a family hauler that has ample space, is easy to drive, and comes with a bevy of standard features. But when pitted directly against the BMW X3, it does lose some ground. The X3 is better than the XC60 when acceleration and driving dynamics are concerned. While they manage to compete neck-and-neck in all other aspects, BMW steals the show with its proven reliability and high safety scores. So, even with a higher price tag, we feel that the X3 is the better option amongst the two.

2018 BMW X3 vs 2018 Audi Q5

If individual aspects of comparison are observed independently, the Audi Q5 is easily an uncontested choice in the market. Compared to all of its competitors, the Q5 is the quickest option available in the segment and vaunts highly sophisticated driving dynamics and precise deceleration capabilities, which make the SUV a delight to drive. It also holds the fort in terms of efficiency and having been recently redesigned, Audi’s most revered product looks striking both on the inside and outside. While all of this easily convinces us in favor of the Q5, its low-reliability ratings work antithetical to its cause. So, if you wish to compromise on reliability, the Audi Q5 could be your calling, but for us, the BMW X3 is the better option.

Final Verdict

The BMW X3 is one option in the compact luxury SUV segment on which we would like to hedge our bets. It is an all-embracing choice that caters to a large market segment and its likability is evident in the volume of sales it generates. While the BMW X3 has had its fair share of problems in the past, the new-generation model promises to be an improvement over the predecessor. Though costlier than its rivals, the X3’s catchy design, unforgettable safety scores, and high predicted reliability allow it to rank highly on our priority list. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$42650

body style

4dr SUV

engine type
transmission

8-Speed Automatic

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

22/25/29 mpg

highway range

498.80 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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