2018 BMW X3

2018 BMW X3
2018 BMW X3

2018 BMW X3


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 22 mpg City, 29 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.0 L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 248 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: All Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The BMW X3 is one of the quickest and most nimble-handling of the compact luxury-brand crossovers; yet it's also one of the most fuel-efficient with the 4-cylinder xDrive30i. The sporty styling of the exterior and luxurious interior appointments make the X3 look and feel like a true luxury crossover as it is intended to be. Both the 4-cylinder xDrive30i and the 6-cylinder M40i have impressive power to rival competitors such as the Mercedes GLC 300, Audi Q5 or Lexus RX350, while available options, price and cargo space will put it above for many prospective buyers.

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What's New For 2018

BMW rolls out its third-generation X3 with a full redesign for 2018. The exterior design sees only minor changes, making it larger overall, with a longer wheelbase and taller glass. This provides for a roomier interior for passengers and more cargo space when needed. New available options, including a tow package, are also available on 2018 models. 2018 also introduces the first M Performance model of the X3, the M40i. This new model offers a more powerful V6 engine as part of it BMW M series performance model.


  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / Unlimited Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Specifications for 2018 BMW X3

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • BMW Assist eCall Emergency Sos
    • Active Protection
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Hands-Free Bluetooth & USB Audio Connection
    • DVD Area Coding (North America)
    • Hi-Fi Sound System
    • In-Dash CD Player
    • Radio Control US
    • Window Grid Diversity Antenna
    • Regular Amplifier
    • Satellite Radio Preparation
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Radio Data System and External Memory Control
    • Radio: Anti-Theft AM/FM Stereo CD/MP3 Player
  • Exterior Features
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Led Low/High Beam Auto-Leveling Daytime Running Lights Preference Setting Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Front And Rear Fog Lamps
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
    • Wheels: 18" x 7.0" Y-Spoke (Style 688)
    • Tires: 225/60R18 AS Run-Flat
    • Wheels w/Machined w/Painted Accents Accents
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent and Metal-Look Bumper Insert
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent and Metal-Look Bumper Insert
    • Black Bodyside Moldings, Metal-Look Bodyside Insert and Black Wheel Well Trim
    • Metal-Look Side Windows Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Auto Dimming Side Mirrors w/Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Deep Tinted Glass
    • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Chrome Grille
    • Power Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • Roof Rack Rails Only
  • Interior Features
    • Sport Seats
    • Power Front Seats
    • 12-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Cushion Extension
    • 12-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Cushion Extension
    • 40-20-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
    • ConnectedDrive Services Selective Service Internet Access
    • Sport Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Proximity Key For Push Button Start Only
    • Interior Lock Disable
    • Valet Function
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Garage Door Transmitter
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Residual Heat Recirculation and Console Ducts
    • Illuminated Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Genuine Wood/Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Genuine Wood/Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Genuine Wood/Piano Black Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Leather Gear Shift Knob
    • SensaTec Upholstery
    • Day-Night Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Trunk/Hatch Auto-Latch
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Roll-Up Cargo Cover
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • Memory Settings -inc: Driver Seat and Door Mirrors
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Windows
    • Smart Device Integration
    • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.0L TwinPower Turbo In-Line 4-Cylinder
    • Transmission: Sport Automatic
    • 3.385 Axle Ratio
    • GVWR: TBD
    • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Sequential Shift Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Full-Time All-Wheel Drive
    • 105-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery
    • Regenerative Alternator
    • Towing Equipment -inc: Trailer Sway Control
    • 937lbs. Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 17.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
    • Permanent Locking Hubs
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front And Rear Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Descent Control, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - 4-Wheel Disc
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.7
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.5
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) - 62.7
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) - 28.7
    • Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) - 28.7
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.0 L/122
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 248 @ 5200
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 258 @ 1450
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 112.8
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 74.4
    • Height, Overall (in) - 66
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 63.8
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 64.4
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 17.2
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 101.4
    • Front Head Room (in) - 41.1
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 40.3
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 57.6
    • Second Head Room (in) - 39.1
    • Second Head Room (in) - 38.5
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 36.4
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 56
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 22
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 29
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 39.4
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - BMW X3
    • Body Style - Sports Activity Vehicle
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Spare Tire Order Code - 300
    • Front Tire Size - P225/60HR18
    • Front Tire Size - P245/50WR19
    • Front Tire Size - P245/45WR20
    • Front Tire Size - P245/50HR19
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/60HR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P245/50WR19
    • Rear Tire Size - P275/40WR20
    • Rear Tire Size - P245/50HR19
    • Spare Tire Size - Compact
  • Trailering Features
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 4400
    • Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 440
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - 4400
    • Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - 440
    • Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) - 4400
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - All Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - 2TB
    • Trans Type - 8
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 5.00
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.20
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.14
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.72
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.31
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.46
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.38
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.82
    • Eighth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.64
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 7.0
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 4156
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 20 X 8
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 20 X 9.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19 X 7.5
    • Spare Wheel Size (in) - Compact
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Spare Wheel Material - Steel

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  • Alpine White Black Sapphire Metallic Carbon Black Metallic Dark Graphite Metallic Dark Olive Metallic Glacier Silver Metallic Jet Black Mineral White Metallic Phytonic Blue Metallic Terra Brown Metallic
  • Alpine White
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Carbon Black Metallic
  • Dark Graphite Metallic
  • Dark Olive Metallic
  • Glacier Silver Metallic
  • Jet Black
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Phytonic Blue Metallic
  • Terra Brown Metallic

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The BMW X3 compact crossover has been redesigned for the 2018 model year. First launched as a 2004 model and now in its third generation, the X3 is one of six xLine crossover models BMW calls Sports Activity Vehicles, numbered X1 through X6.

The new X3 M40i, the first M Performance model in the X3 line, is capable of reaching 60 mph in 6 seconds. For the first time on any X model, a three-dimensional Active Kidney grille is installed, flanked by hexagonal foglamps. Additional aerodynamic improvements include underbody cladding, a roof spoiler with aero blades, and air curtains. Otherwise, body modifications are evolutionary rather than dramatic, led by taller glass areas.

BMW’s head-up display is 75 percent bigger than in the previous X3, complemented by a 10.25-inch touchscreen and Gesture Control technology. A pre-crash accident detection system is installed, along with three-zone automatic climate control, and reclining rear seatbacks.

A 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers the X3 30i model. Developing 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, the base engine mates with an 8-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive has been standard, but a rear-drive version will also be offered.

In the M40i edition, a sublime turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine boasts 355 horsepower and 369 pound-feet, also driving an 8-speed automatic. Like BMW’s other M models, the M40i is fitted with M-grade handling components. All-wheel drive is standard.

BMW no longer offers an X3 turbodiesel, but plug-in hybrid and battery-powered models are being developed.

The 2018 model earned Good scores in crash-testing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. With specific safety options installed, the X3 has been rated Superior for frontal crash protection and Good for headlights, warranting a Top Safety Pick+ award. Ease of child-seat use was rated Marginal.

A rearview camera is standard, and the X3 promises excellent outward views. An option group includes lane-departure warning and blind-spot monitoring, as well as forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Another option package adds adaptive cruise control with stop/go functionality, active lane control, and traffic-jam assist. Semi-autonomous driving is possible for brief periods.


The 2018 BMW X3 xDrive30i ($42,650) comes with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, 8-speed automatic, and all-wheel drive. Standard features include run-flat 18-inch tires, synthetic leather upholstery, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, power tailgate, rearview camera, power front seats, and reclining rear seats. Leather upholstery adds $1,700. Apple CarPlay compatibility is available only when coupled with navigation. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

An M Sport package ($5,300) adds 19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension (with adaptive dampers for $1,000 more), panoramic roof, LED headlights, gray aerodynamic add-on components, and keyless entry.

X3 M40i ($54,500) gets the six-cylinder twin-turbo engine and xDrive all-wheel drive. Performance tires are mounted on 19-inch wheels. M Sport brakes and exhaust, plus Performance Control, are standard. The M40i boasts stiffer suspension tuning, four-piston M-spec brakes, variable-ratio electric power steering, and adaptive shock absorbers. The drive-mode selector offers Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, and Individual modes.


Except for a taller stance than its predecessor, along with wider air intakes, the X3 hasn’t changed much in appearance. Even though the vehicle sits lower, its glass area is notably tall, expanding outward vision.

Moving the front wheels forward has improved X3 proportions. Enlarged taillights and additional glass enhance the rear end. Optional aerodynamic elements tend to make the overall impact more noticeable.


Improvements to the reworked X3 are more evident within the spacious cabin, which boasts a cleaner look. BMW’s iDrive control knob sits next to a futuristic joystick-style shift lever. The dashboard may be bracketed by wood or metallic trim.

With navigation installed, a 10.3-inch iDrive touchscreen provides a lovely, high-resolution display. Without it, a 6.5-inch screen suffices.

In the M40i, a 12.3-inch screen, displaying large numerals and dials, replaces the usual gauges. A complementary 12.3-inch infotainment display is available.

Sport seats keep front occupants securely in place. Upholstered in synthetic leather, the front seats are power-adjustable. Heating and cooling are optional. M40i seats incorporate well-padded seatbacks and cushions, promising good support.

Lengthening the wheelbase by several inches has expanded interior space, especially in rear-seat legroom. Four adults fit comfortably and can spread out. Headroom is especially abundant. Even with the optional sunroof, six-footers aren’t likely to feel restricted.

Rear passengers benefit from 36.4-inch legroom, and wide door openings. The back seat might look flat, but it provides fine support for long journeys, with ample knee clearance for taller occupants. As is often the case, a fifth passenger might feel cramped.

Cargo space totals 28.7 cubic feet behind the rear seat, expanding to 62.7 cubic feet with rear seatbacks folded down. In addition to vertical walls, the cargo hold has minimal intrusions from trim pieces, cargo management rails, and a durable covering.

Driving Impressions

In acceleration, ride, and handling, the third-generation X3 stands well ahead of predecessors, approaching the admirable standard long-established by BMW’s 3 Series passenger cars.

No X3 is short on power. Smoothly responsive, the xDrive 30i base engine ranks with the best. Power arrives early and effectively, a boon in stop/go traffic. The transmission almost seems to read your mind. In highway driving, the 8-speed downshifts promptly to match engine capability.

In M40i trim, the X3 becomes nearly flawless, providing superior poise. Cornering flatly, gripping the pavement tenaciously, able to hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, the M40i promises refined, momentous pleasure. Its sport exhaust system emits a delectable beat. Gearchanges arrive earlier in the M40i, with paddles available to supersede the joystick shifter. Performance is marred only by a bit of unwanted tension in the brakes and overly-firm steering.

Handling is about as nimble as that of a sport sedan, matched by a comfortable ride. All-wheel drive helps keep the X3 calm and contented on slippery pavement. Eight-inch ground clearance and 19.6-inch fording capability help make off-roading practical.

Fuel economy isn’t bad. The four-cylinder xDrive 30i is EPA-rated at 22/29 mpg City/Highway, or 25 mpg Combined. With its twin-turbo six, the M40i is EPA-rated at 20/27 mpg City/Highway, or 23 mpg Combined. BMW’s stop/start system now is a lot smoother than it used to be.


In either form, BMW’s midlevel compact luxury crossover delivers admirably on its promise, blending superlative performance with sedan-like handling and an appealing ride. In terms of affordability, the xDrive30i is the sensible choice. Base-model buyers sacrifice little in either roadgoing behavior or cabin amenities. A number of desirable features are offered only in costly option groups.

Driving impressions by Marty Padgett, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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