• (4.4) 26 reviews
  • MSRP: $4,959$11,547
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 21
  • Engine: 225-hp, 3.0-liter I-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
  • Seats: 5
2006 BMW X3

Our Take on the 2006 BMW X3

Our Take

BMW brought serious sportiness into the sport utility vehicle field when it rolled out the midsize X5, which it dubbed a sports activity vehicle. Early in 2004, BMW launched the X3, which is a smaller version of the X5. Powertrains in the X3 were similar to those in 3 Series sedans.Audio systems ... Read Full Report

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
  • 3.0-liter inline-six engine
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Youthful BMW styling
  • Low center of gravity


Our Expert Reviews

You see them every day: SUVs operated by people who think sitting high behind the wheel of a large vehicle makes them nearly invulnerable, or believe a powerful engine and leather bucket seats mean they are driving a sports car.The BMW X3 may suit both kinds of drivers.It is not big (seating four adults comfortably, five in a pinch). It will tow a small boat or a utility trailer -- not a cabin ... Read full review for the 2006 BMW X 3

Read All Expert Reviews

Consumer Reviews


Average based on 26 reviews

Write a Review

The Ultimate Driving Machine

by Wolfie from Wisconsin on October 27, 2007

"10" "10" "10" I rate this car a solid "10" This is the best vehicle that I have ever owned,I don't know why I haven't owned one sooner. Quality through out the interior and exterior. All controls are... Read Full Review

1 Trim Levels Available

Wondering which configuration is right for you?
Our 2006 BMW X3 trim comparison will help you decide.


Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Service & Repair

Estimated Service & Repair cost: $4,400 per year.

Save on maintenance costs and do your own repairs on your 2006 BMW X3

Similar Models

Select up to three models to compare with the 2006 BMW X3