2017 BMW X3 Diesel SUV

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2017 BMW X3 diesel SUV Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

The 2017 BMW X3 is an outstanding and unstoppable crossover SUV which stands apart from the intense rivalry despite the recently flooded crossover segment. Apart from the great powertrain options, the X3 also has a great interior cabin.

The German automaker 4-door crossover SUV rides upon the tide of the overwhelming swarm of crossovers and goes head to head with the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5 as well as the Jaguar F-Pace.

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Very efficient interior space

Great powertrain options

Premium cabin materials

Nimble handling

Surprisingly fuel efficient

Agile handling

Plenty of passenger and cargo room


Many luxury features don’t come standard

Disappointing braking performance

Teensy exterior mirrors

Rearview camera is buried in options

Not exactly off-road material

Distracting engine stop-start feature

What's New?

Keyless ignition and entry

Power lumbar adjustment

Satellite radio

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Trims and Configurations


 2017 BMW X3 diesel SUV xDrive28d


240 hp @ 5000 rpm
Diesel fuel
30 combined


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
xDrive28d 4dr SUV AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbodiesel 8A) Starting at $42,750 MSRP (27/30/34) 240 hp @ 5000 rpm, 2 L, I4, diesel fuel
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 5

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Expert Review

CARHP Editorial May 6, 2019

coming in at around $40,050 the 2017 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.

2017 BMW X3 diesel SUV Features

The 2017 BMW X3 is offered in four trim levels: sDrive28i, xDrive28i, xDrive28d and xDrive35i. These trims are principally separated by their powertrains, as opposed to their features. The sDrive28i is estimated at $40050, xDrive28i at &42050, xDrive28d at $42750 and the costliest xDrive35i trim is valued at $48950; this is somewhat in light of the fact that it incorporates the Premium bundle, which is discretionary on the others.











Key Features

Standard equipment includes 18-inch wheels

xDrive28i is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (240 horsepower, 260 pound-feet of torque)

This package is standard on thexDrive35i, along with the six-cylinder engine (300 hp, 300 lb-ft)

xDrive28d uses a diesel engine of the same displacement (180 hp, 280 lb-ft)

  Power-folding auto-dimming mirrors  

Adaptive xenon headlights and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system (available on the other models as a stand-alone option).

  Eight-way power front seats with driver-seat memory functions      
  Dual-zone automatic climate control      

SensaTec simulated leather upholstery


Leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel


USB port and an auxiliary audio jack


Aside from their powertrains, the sDrive28i, xDrive28i and xDrive28d are prepared similarly. Standard gear incorporates 18-inch wheels, rooftop rails, raise protection glass, automatic headlights, LED foglights, automatic wipers, a power liftgate, power-collapsing auto-diminishing mirrors and considerably more. A Premium bundle is accessible for these trims, including keyless start and entry, front seat power lumbar alteration, an all-encompassing sunroof and satellite radio. This bundle is standard on the xDrive35i.

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The diesel engine that powers the xDrive28d is extremely capable. It'll spare you cash on fuel as time goes on, yet it conveys solid execution on the open street. You'll get extraordinary range, as well, so you'll invest less time fueling up. Except if you're genuinely excited about greatest execution, it's the clever approach for most customers in this section. There are a few bundles you ought to consider including regardless of which trim you pick. The Cold Weather, Driving Assistance and Premium bundles include features that an extravagance SUV ought to have.

2017 BMW X3 diesel SUV Engine

You9ll get the best mileage with the X3 xDrive28d, which is powered by a 2.0-liter turbodiesel I-4 that9s rated at 181 hp and 280 lb-ft, while fuel economy is a decent 27/34 mpg. All engines are backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission. - Motortrend

Engine and Transmission

The 2017 X3 features different engines that will probably give as much power as you could require, which is the situation with most vehicles in this class. The standard offering is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that puts out 240 horsepower. With this engine, speeding up from a halt is snappy. At thruway speeds, the X3 remains solid and can pass different vehicles easily.

In the event that you need a more noteworthy excite, an accessible turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine conveys a thrilling 300 horsepower. It may even influence you to feel like you're in a games car like the BMW 3 Series as opposed to a SUV.


BMW sDrive28i

Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

Jaguar F-Pace S

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43







3.0L TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder

3.0L TFSI Twin-Scroll DOHC V6

3.0L V6 Supercharged

3.0L Biturbo Enhanced V6


8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

9-Speed Automatic


240 hp

354 hp

380 hp

362 hp


258 lb-ft

346 lb-ft

332 lb-ft

384 lb-ft

Horsepower (240 hp) and torque (258 lb-ft) is quite disappointing, being lowest among the competitors. But BMW can't be blamed for it because they have tried to cut down the price by huge numbers and it is the cheapest among the competitors.


The X3 consents when you need to move, requiring just 5.8 seconds to hit 60 mph. However, among the freshest yield of extravagance smaller SUVs; it is at the base of the pack. Movements are fresh and quick at full throttle, and the 240-horsepower engine pulls hard from low speeds.


BMW sDrive28i

Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

Jaguar F-Pace S

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43

0-60 MPH

5.8 sec

5.1 sec

5.1 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter mile

13.1 sec

13.7 sec


13.2 sec







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





Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 is the quickest car of the segment and takes just 4.8 seconds to sway from 0-60 mph. CO2 emissions are relatively low and that9s appreciable.

Handling and Steering

Without the dynamic taking care of choices, this X3 isn't as adroit at handling bends as you would anticipate. It can even now be driven with direct energy and hold its levelheadedness, 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 criticism is insignificant and the help feels unnatural on the grounds that it doesn't promptly come back to focus. This makes a dubious on-focus feel and requires more push to keep up a smooth circular segment 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.


The X39s brake pedal feels disappointingly squishy at first but firms up nicely after the initial travel and becomes confident underfoot.


BMW sDrive28i

Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

Jaguar F-Pace S

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43






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Curb weight(lbs)





60-0 MPH (ft.)





Its stopping distance at 122 feet from 60 mph is comparable to others in the class with all-season tires. But Jaguar F-Pace S shows better starts despite having smaller brake pads. Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 achieves the tag of topper here as well, taking 115 ft. (least in segment) to come to halt.

2017 BMW X3 diesel SUV Fuel Economy

All X3 models are matched to a 8-speed automatic that helps wring mileage from the turbocharged engines. All models in the lineup are additionally outfitted with a stop-start technology that close off the engine at stoplights to monitor fuel consumption.


BMW X3 M40i

Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

Jaguar F-Pace S

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 4Matic

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MPG (combined)





BMW X3 is exceptionally the best performer of the class when it comes to fuel efficiency. None of its competitors even beat around the bush compared to the stats this SUV shows.

2017 BMW X3 diesel SUV Interior

The BMW X3 is one of the most versatile crossovers in its class, with spacious cargo room and a fairly compact stance. It's a roomy alternative for buyers who need space for weekend trips and shopping runs, but can't bring themselves to consider a family wagon. - Edmunds

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 could discover the lower tallness of the back seat off-putting. The new iDrive framework is a stage back.

Inside, the dash bends to skew controls and points toward the driver, which keeps the driver9s 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.

Seating and Comfort

The X3 is a mixed bag with regards to comfort. The atmosphere control framework works well, and the cabin sound deadening does a great job of protecting against wind and street noise. Be that as it may, its bustling ride quality is a genuine weakness.

The X3 is never again the smoothest in the segment; that award goes to the Mercedes-Benz GLC. Light undulations and street bumps are completely absorbed, yet bigger knocks are still felt in the cabin despite the softest settings on the dampers. .


BMW X3 M40i

Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

Jaguar F-Pace S

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 4Matic

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Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)






Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)






The front seat cushions feel somewhat flat and firm. Be that as it may, the thick cushioning on the armrest is welcome, and the material is acceptable. The back seats sit nearer to the floor and may trade off room for long legged travellers.

Interior Features:

  • iDrive infotainment system
  • Nine-speaker stereo system
  • Blind-spot monitors
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Better navigation features
  • Parking assistant
  • Lane departure warnings
  • Pedestrian safety systems
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Full-color head-up display
  • Power front seats
  • Automatic climate control
  • Keyless ignition
  • Panoramic moonroof


It has well equipped infotainment system:

  • BMW iDrive infotainment system
  • 8.8-inch widescreen display
  • Navigation
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Nine-speaker audio system
  • A USB port
  • HD radio
  • Improved voice recognition
  • 3-D city maps in navigation
  • BMW iDrive infotainment system
  • 8.8-inch widescreen display
  • Navigation
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Nine-speaker audio system
  • A USB port
  • HD radio
  • Improved voice recognition

Some rival cars offer desirable tech features that you can't get in the X3. In the Audi Q5, the navigation system uses Google Earth satellite photos. The Q5 can also be equipped with a Wi-Fi hot spot, as can the Mercedes-Benz GLC. While the X3's infotainment system has sharp graphics and quick responses, it can't match the Jaguar F-Pace's optional InControl Touch Pro infotainment system. It has a 10.2-inch touch screen and feels like a tablet when you use it.


The X3's back seats are anything but difficult to fold forward and lie flat for a smooth cargo bay floor. With 27.6 cubic feet of room behind the back seats, and 63.3 cubic feet with them collapsed, the X3 offers a helpful measure of utility for its class.


BMW X3 M40i

Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

Jaguar F-Pace S

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 4Matic

Behind 2nd Row(ft.cube)





Behind Front Row (ft.cube)





X39s cargo space is average for the luxury compact SUV class. Additionally, a 40/20/40 split-folding back row and a power rear liftgate are standard.

2017 BMW X3 diesel SUV Exterior

Twin circular headlights up front (with optional LED lamps), a more pronounced version of BMW's kidney grille, and minor front tweaks brought the X3 more in line with BMW's sedans, rather than its SUVs. - Car connection

Dimensions and weight

The BMW X3 is a departure from the boxy SUVs and crossovers that BMW is used to making. The muscular curves on X3 creates an imposing street presence as the X3 sits wide and low on the tarmac. It weighs lesser than the competitors, but also has a slightly lesser ground clearance.


BMW X3 M40i

Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

Jaguar F-Pace S

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 4Matic

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Track width(in) F/R





BMW X3 is exceptionally tall crossover and has lesser curb weight as well, wheelbase is among the shortest in the segment, but still this car fairly lags when it comes to length and width. Jaguar F-Pace S is the ideal car in terms of dimensions. Ground clearance is average.

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-lit taillights
  • 18-inch wheel
  • Roof rails
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Automatic headlights
  • LED foglights
  • Automatic wipers
  • Power liftgate
  • Power-folding auto-dimming mirrors


2017 BMW X3 diesel SUV Safety

There are no advanced safety features that come standard in the X3, but many are available as part of a package. These features include a rearview camera, park distance control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic braking, and adaptive cruise control. You can also opt for a 360-degree surround-view display and speed limit information displayed in the gauge cluster. There are many other safety features as well:

  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Electronic Vehicle Immobiliser and Crash Sensor
  • Runflat Tyres with Runflat Indicator
  • Side-Impact Protection
  • Cornering Brake Control (CBC)
  • Airbags


2017 BMW X3 diesel SUV Competition

​​​​​​Audi SQ5 Premium Plus

While both cars have a range of potent engines; they both have nimble handling that sacrifices some ride comfort; and they both have roomy, high-end cabins. There's more cargo room in the X3, whether you have the rear seats up or folded down. The X3 has better fuel economy estimates than the Q5, as well. Like the X3, the Audi Q5 has athletic handling and a solid lineup of powerful engines. The Q5, however, has more standard features, including Apple CarPlay and leather upholstery.

Jaguar F-Pace S

The F-Pace and X3 have similar athletic handling, but the F-Pace has a more cushioned ride. While the X3's base engine is fuel-efficient, the F-Pace comes standard with a turbodiesel that sips less fuel but still fails to overpower X3. There's more cargo and passenger room inside the F-Pace, so you'll have generous space for the whole family and their luggage to go on a road trip. The F-Pace also has a larger touch-screen infotainment system that puts the X3's iDrive to shame.

Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 43 4Matic

Drivers who care more about interior comfort and luxury than corner-carving performance might find the right fit in the Mercedes-Benz GLC. While the GLC may not have quite as much room for your family or their luggage as the X3. The GLC has a long list of standard advanced driver assistance features that are extra-cost options in the X3. Like the X3, the GLC comes standard with synthetic leather upholstery. However, the GLC also offers luxurious amenities that you can't get in the X3, such as cabin fragrance and air purification systems. Though the GLC has less cargo space and is less athletic than X3, its compliant ride, powerful engines, and lower price tag still make it the better choice.

2017 BMW X3 diesel SUV Final Verdict

A blend of utility, extravagance, and execution make the X3 a skilled daily driver that can satisfy almost any obligation.In the engine, BMW offers a selection of engines extending from a fuel-productive and enthusiastic turbocharged four-cylinder to a sturdy turbocharged six-cylinder. You'll journey around town effortlessly, and appreciate energetic taking care of with coordinate steering around corners.

Travelers will discover adequate space wherever they sit, and the rearward sitting arrangement specifically brags a lot of legroom. You can likewise effectively stack up the cargo zone with your family's things for a trek. Notwithstanding a roomy lodge, the X3 features a quality inside also.