The X3 is a compact luxury crossover from BMW that's now coming towards the end of what is its second-generation after originally being launched back in 2003 as a 2004 model year. While vehicles are usually showing signs of their age after having being in production for as long as the current X3 has without a major redesign, there's no sign of that whatsoever here. Built on the same platform as the all-conquering 3 Series, the second-generation X3 looks as young, fresh and desirable as ever. So, here's our 2017 BMW X3 Overview to give you an idea of what you've been missing if you haven't got up close and personal with one yet.
Our 2017 BMW X3 Overview will show you there an impressively lengthy list of virtues that satisfy both the practical and emotional needs of anyone shopping in this segment. As well as being one of the most spacious compact luxury SUVs for passengers and their belongings, it also has the audacity to be the most fun to drive of anything in the segment. The fun and enjoyment stems from the performance of the two different engines offered in the lineup, which as well as being the best in their class, are also relatively thrifty when it comes to fuel economy.
There are two different engines across what are effectively three trims of 2017 BMW X3, which start off with the sDrive28i and then go on to the xDrive28i and the xDrive35i. Of course, xDrive models are all-wheel drive, while the sDrive28i is a rear-wheel drive offering.
The engine in the sDrive28i and xDrive28i is a 2.0-liter inline-four that develops 240 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, which is mated to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission with Sport and Manual shift modes. The 60 mph mark comes up in just 6.2 seconds and the top speed is a pretty useful 130 mph, while the EPA fuel economy ratings are 21 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 24 mpg combined.*
If you prefer your X3 with even more power and performance, then the inline-six in the xDrive35i ups the ante considerably with its 300 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque. This all-wheel drive only offering will propel you from a standing start to 60 mph in a very swift 5.3 seconds, and takes you onwards to a top speed of 130 mph. Despite the extra power and performance on offer from this exceptional unit, it's EPA fuel economy figures are not far away from the 2.0-liter at 19 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg combined.
All versions of the 2017 BMW X3 come with generous levels of standard features and equipment, which includes: 18-inch wheels, roof rails, rear privacy glass, automatic headlights, LED fog lamps, automatic wipers, a power liftgate, power-folding auto-dimming mirrors, cruise control and dual-zone automatic climate control. That's only the start of it though, as you also get eight-way power front seats with driver memory functions, "SensaTec" premium vinyl upholstery, a 40/20/40-split folding rear seat, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, the iDrive electronics interface, and a nine-speaker sound system and plenty more besides.
If you haven't taken a close look at the X3 yet, it really is about time you did. If there's a better luxury compact crossover in the market at the moment, we'd like to know what it is and where it’s hiding.
*All vehicle mileage based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.