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Key Specs

of the 2016 BMW X3. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Affordable rear-wheel-drive model
  • Attractive design
  • Visibility

The Bad

  • Leather upholstery not standard
  • Rear-wheel drive not available for six-cylinder version

Notable Features of the 2016 BMW X3

  • Turbo four- or six-cylinder gas engine
  • Turbo-diesel four-cylinder available
  • Eight-speed automatic standard
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Motion-activated power liftgate

2016 BMW X3 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The BMW X3 compact SUV received some visual changes, especially on the dashboard’s center controls, last year. A turbo-diesel xDrive28d version is available in addition to gas-powered models. The five-seat X3 competes with the Audi Q5, Acura RDX and Volvo XC60.
New for 2016
There are no significant changes.
Significant Standard Features

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Wood interior trim
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • Power moonroof
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Harman Kardon surround-sound system
  • Navigation system
  • Head-up display
  • Adaptive suspension

Latest 2016 X3 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
Interior Design
Value For The Money

What Drivers Are Saying



by Carla J from Ocala, Fl on October 9, 2018

This is a great vehicle. It has a very smooth ride. Feels like you aren't even moving. It had comfortable seating for family and friends. It's also a very attractive vehicle. Read full review


Space Gray, M Sport

by Billy cat from Bluffton, SC on October 6, 2018

Looked extensively for an M Sport, right color, right wheels, right interior. Found it, got it! Really fun, small SUV, looks great, 20? wheels add that special look. Read full review

Safety & Recalls


The 2016 BMW X3 currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 BMW X3 sDrive28i

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry

Moderate overlap front

Left Leg/Foot
Overall Front
Right Leg/Foot
Structure/safety cage


Roof Strength


Driver Head Protection
Driver Head and Neck
Driver Pelvis/Leg
Driver Torso
Overall Side
Rear Passenger Head Protection
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
Rear Passenger Torso
Structure/safety cage
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by BMW
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    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

  • Powertrain warranty


  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance


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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The X3 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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