BMW X3 2014 Crossover SUV Review
BMW X3 2014 Crossover SUV Review. The BMW X3 2014 is an excellent, if somewhat pricey, choice for a luxury crossover SUV with wide-ranging talents. Potent and reasonably efficient engines; high-quality cabin; generous passenger and cargo room; crisp handling; comfortable rear seat.
If you’re looking for a premium carryall that truly puts the “sport” in sport-utility vehicle, the BMW X3 2014 is hard to beat. If you need extra traction in inclement weather, the X3 comes with all-wheel drive as standard. After the introduction of the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine in the xDrive28i last year, there is little change in the line for 2014. The Technology Package now includes USB connectivity and Bluetooth with smartphone integration. The Navigation/iDrive system gets some further refinements. Some packages and availability are shuffled. The X3’s base price is in line with the Lexus RX 350 and a little above the starting price of the Mercedes-Benz GLK, Audi Q5, Acura RDX 2014, Infiniti EX35 and Volvo XC60.
The BMW X3 crossover SUV is available in two trim levels that correspond to engine choice: xDrive28i and xDrive35i. The BMW X3 2014 xDrive28i is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are standard on all BMW X3s, along with an automatic stop-start system. The latter shuts off the engine when stopped and then starts it when you take your foot off the brake in order to save fuel. In Edmunds performance testing, the four-cylinder BMW X3 2014 went from zero to 60 mph in 6.8 seconds, which is average overall for the segment and as quick as some six-cylinder crossovers. EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 21 mpg city/28 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined. The X3 xDrive35i gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 that produces 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. It uses the same eight-speed automatic, and AWD is standard. In Edmunds performance testing, the 35i hit 60 mph in 5.6 seconds, which makes it one of the quickest vehicles in this segment. Fuel economy is rated at 19/26/21, which is actually better than some of the X3 xDrive35i’s less powerful rivals.
The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of a BMW X3 2014 xDrive28i starts at just over $40,000 and can quickly escalate from there. An X3 xDrive35i starts at around $45,600 and can easily top $56,000.