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2013 BMW X3

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

183.0” x 65.4”


All-wheel drive



The good:

  • Ride comfort
  • Dynamics
  • Visibility
  • Gas mileage

The bad:

  • Stops can be jerky
  • Inconsistent materials quality
  • Quality of optional leather
  • Limited backseat thigh support

2 trims

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Notable features

  • New base turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Available turbo six-cylinder
  • New fuel-saving auto stop-start engine technology
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Available M Sport Package

2013 BMW X3 review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The BMW X3 compact luxury crossover is available with a choice of turbocharged engines and comes standard with all-wheel drive. The five-seater combines BMW’s signature driving prowess with crossover utility. The X3 competes with the Acura RDX, Audi Q5, Cadillac SRX and Infiniti EX.
New for 2013
The base X3 xDrive28i comes with a new turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 240 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque. Additional features include fuel-saving auto stop-start technology; a standard power liftgate; 18-inch wheels and a chrome exhaust tip for the xDrive28i; and a Driver Assistance Package that includes automatic high-beam headlights, lane departure warning and, on the xDrive35i, a head-up display.
The X3’s sculpted hood reflects BMW’s design direction. Compared with the previous generation, the wheelbase is longer and it rides higher. Exterior features include:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels; available 19-inch wheels
  • Standard power liftgate
  • Available panoramic moonroof
  • Available adaptive xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights 
  • Available headlight washers

Simulated leather seating surfaces are standard, with real leather optional. The standard 60/40-split backseat can be folded down to expand the cargo area. As an option, buyers can choose a 40/20/40-split backseat that allows any segment to be folded independently for maximum versatility. Interior features include:

  • Standard automatic climate control
  • Standard CD stereo
  • Available heated steering wheel and heated seats
  • Available navigation system 
  • Available backup camera

Under the Hood
Two engines are offered in the X3: a 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the xDrive28i trim level and a 300-hp, turbocharged inline-six-cylinder in the xDrive35i.

The standard xDrive all-wheel-drive system sends 60 percent of the torque to the rear wheels for a balanced, rear-wheel-drive feel. It can also shift as much as 100 percent to the rear automatically under certain conditions. Mechanical features include:

  • Eight-speed automatic transmission with manual shift control
  • Fuel-saving auto stop-start technology
  • Optional adaptive suspension

Standard safety features include:

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system
  • Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
  • Traction control

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior 4.4
  • Performance 4.3
  • Value 3.8
  • Exterior 4.5
  • Reliability 3.8
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Most recent consumer reviews


The oil light came on and immediately the engine v

Our vehicle was very well maintained, always getting what it needed when it needed it. Our mechanic even said it was nice to see someone who took great care of there vehicle. Our engine just after 184000KM is done. left my wife sitting on a mountain rd in Nova scotia. No warning . Not impressed.

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior 4.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does not recommend this car
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2013 engine problems before 100,00 miles

The engine blew while driving smoothly on the freeway . I went in for a very first oil change was told I had a leak. Went Bmw mechanic replaced the parts. It’s was still leaking stooped on the freeway .

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 1.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does not recommend this car
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Great dealership

Its so comfortable, fast, sport, low mileage, so clean . It is 2013 with 67k mileage, honestly so clean look like new car .new tire and full service

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Exterior 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0
  • Purchased a Used car
  • Used for Commuting
  • Does recommend this car
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by BMW
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
144 months/unlimited distance
48 months/50,000 miles
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty
Dealer certification required
196-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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