2014 BMW X3 SUV Review

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New Cars Reviews - The 2014 bmw x3 receives minor updates to feature availability, but otherwise its unchanged.


Among compact to midsize luxury crossover suvs, the 2014 bmw x3 stands apart from most rivals. With its superb driving dynamics, spacious and upscale interior accommodations, and solid fuel economy ratings, the x3 is a front runner in this class and definitely one youll want to check out, particularly if you have a family.

Bmws are typically known for providing an engaging experience behind the wheel, and that trait certainly holds up for the x3. While its not quite as sporty as its smaller sibling, the x1, the x3 still provides much more feedback and entertainment through turns than the average luxury suv.

A lot of that fun also comes from whats under the hood. Bmw offers two engine choices, both turbocharged : a 2. 0-liter four-cylinder ( xdrive 28i ) and a 3. 0-liter inline-6 ( xdrive 35i ). If youre unsure about the idea of a four-cylinder luxury suv, the x3 will make you a believer : the xdrive28i version offers plenty of power plus the bonus of great fuel economy. Going with the larger engine in the bmw x3 xdrive35i does drop fuel economy a little, but in return you get one of the quickest models in this class.

Inside the 2014 bmw x3, you get more of what bmw is known for : impressive quality. Weve found that the x3s front seats provide great support for both long road trips and enthusiastic drives on back roads. Materials quality is first class, with understated wooden trim, brushed-metal accents and a general refinement that elevates the cabin ambience. The x3 also lives up to expectations for utility, as its rear seat is roomy and cargo space is competitive.

Other compact luxury crossovers, such as the audi q5 and mercedes-benz glk350 are down on interior room, but theyre just as luxurious and stylish, and potentially a bit more fuel-efficient, thanks to available diesel and hybrid variants. The x3 tends to be pricey, too, and its worth looking at less expensive crossovers such as the acura rdx or volvo xc60 if you have a keen eye on the biaya. Overall, though, the 2014 bmw x3s wealth of strengths make it a top recommendation for this class.

Body styles, trim levels, and options

The 2014 bmw x3 crossover suv is available in two trim levels that correspond to engine choice : xdrive28i and xdrive35i.

The xdrive28i jenis comes standard with 18-inch wheels ; rear privacy glass ; automatic headlights ; foglamps ; automatic wipers ; a power liftgate ; auto-dimming mirrors ; cruise control ; dual-zone automatic climate control ; eight-way power front seats with memory functions ; leatherette premium vinyl upholstery ; a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel ; bluetooth phone connectivity ; the idrive electronics interface ; and a 12-speaker sound system with a cd player, hd radio, an ipod/usb audio interface and an auxiliary audio input.

Besides its more powerful engine, the xdrive35i adds adaptive bi-xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof and wood trim. These items are options on the xdrive28i.

The premium package includes the panoramic sunroof ( xdrive28i ), keyless ignition/entry, leather upholstery, four-way lumbar support for the front seats, satellite radio, cargo area nets and tie-down points. The cold weather package includes heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats. The technology package gets you a head-up display, a navigation system with a larger main idrive display, smartphone app integration and the bmw remote services emergency communications system.

The driver assistance package adds front and rear parking sensors and a rearview camera. On top of this you can add the driver assistance plus package, which has rear- and top-view parking cameras and a lane-departure warning system.

The m sport package features 19-inch wheels, special exterior trim, sport front seats, a sport steering wheel and transmission shift paddles ( 35i only ). The dynamic handling package adds adaptive suspension dampers, enhanced speed-adjustable power steering and an enhanced torque-vectoring version of the all-wheel-drive system.

Some of the above items are available as stand-alone options. Other stand-alone options include automatic high-beam headlight control and a 16-speaker surround-sound audio system.

Powertrains and performance

The 2014 bmw x3 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 x3 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 xdrive35is less powerful rivals.


Every 2014 bmw x3 comes standard with antilock disc brakes, automatic brake drying ( useful in rainy weather ), front seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, active front seat head restraints, stability control and hill descent control. Also standard is the bmw assist emergency communications system, which provides automatic crash notification and on-demand roadside assistance.

The optional bmw remote services system upgrades bmw assist with stolen-vehicle recovery and remote door unlocking. Other optional equipment includes front and rear parking sensors, rear- and top-view parking cameras and a lane-departure warning system.

In crash testing by the insurance institute for highway safety, the x3 received the highest possible rating of good in the frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests.

Interior style and special features

The x3s interior will surely be acquainted to firmly anyone who has got spent time utilizing a bmw product. Classic analog gauges, wise ergonomics as well as a restrained overall aesthetic mix to firmly develop a pleasant driving environment. Occupants can feel cocooned at intervals the high-quality materials covering the seats, console and dash.

Overall, were fond as to the idrive electronics interface, notably in the higher-resolution screen which comes in the navigation system. The menu structure is straightforward, the graphics are crisp and processing times are quick, that helps minimize the quantity of time you pay wanting far away from the highway. That aforementioned, new owners ought to sit down and familiarize themselves with idrive before hitting the highway, as a result of its still a advanced system and you cant master everything whereas the cars in motion.

Space for front passengers is a little more than ample, whereas rear legroom is downright generous and pairs by having truly comfortable seat. Indeed, this can be one as to the most family-friendly vehicles within the category. Total cargo capability in the rear seats folded is 63. 3 cubic feet, that causes it to be one as to the larger compact luxury crossovers.

Driving impressions

Dont dismiss the 2014 bmw x3 xdrive28i primarily based on its four-cylinder power plant. Acceleration is amazingly quick, and its one as to the most fuel-efficient models within the crossover segment primarily based on epa estimates. The auto stop-start gathering which comes using this engine might well be an annoyance in significant traffic, as a result of the engine doesnt restart as quickly or smoothly as wed like when transitioning amongst the brake pedal and therefore the gas ( fortunately, you'll be able to manually disable this feature ). If the ammount you can to spend allows, though, the x3 xdrive35i will surely be more difficult to pass up, as its acceleration is amazingly impressive, whereas fuel economy remains quite sensible in normal driving.

The x3 delivers by the promise of bmw performance in alternative respects, too. Go around a flip with enthusiasm, it also feels light-weight and nimble. As small luxury crossovers go, its one as to the sportiest, notably with its optional suspension and drivetrain add-ons. And though the ride quality is basically firm, most individuals can realize the 2014 bmw x3 quite livable, whether or not commuting along city streets or taking long trips by the highway.