(4.5) 13 reviews
MSRP: $4,246$10,194
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 20-21
Engine: 184-hp, 2.5-liter I-6 (premium)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
Seats: 5
2005 BMW X3

Our Take on the 2005 BMW X3

Our Take

What We Don't Like

  • Odometer readability
  • Climate-control layout
  • Navigation-system readability
  • Engine noise at high rpm
  • Limited offroad capability

Notable Features

  • &quot
  • Intelligent&quot
  • xDrive AWD
  • Two inline-six engines
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Youthful BMW styling
  • Low center of gravity


Our Expert Reviews

When we first reviewed the BMW X3 back in December 2003, we found it deficient in several respects, notably in its dull, monochromatic black cabin, which we described as "unrelentingly Spartan."Twenty months later, our view has softened considerably -- thanks in no small part to a sexy new $1,450 interior trim package.We tested a well-equipped 2005 BMW X3 3.0i with nearly $5,000 worth of extra ... Read full review for the 2005 BMW X 3

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 13 reviews

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Sold on the X3

by Snowdog from St. Paul, MN on January 21, 2009

We have owned a '05 X3 3.0i for about 7 months. Overall in one simple word, WOW. If you are considering this on your list, then drive one. This drives like a sports car with regards to confidence, bal... Read Full Review

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Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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