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Sport Utility
5 Seats
22-30 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2016 BMW X3 exterior side view

What to Know

about 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

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
33 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

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(5.0)

Beautiful and reliable luxury vehicle. Excellent!

by BMWFAN from El Paso, TX on January 16, 2019

This BMW meets all of your personal and family needs. Create Vehicle in excellent like new condition! Drives and looks beautiful, Excellent luxury vehicle, you will never regret having it! Read full review

(5.0)

First BMW in awhile since my 3 series in the 90's

by Keith from Hartland, WI on January 15, 2019

I have owned the X3 for less than a month and it is a pleasure to drive. The 4 cyl. engine in surprising with good acceleration and attractive gas mileage. While the 6 cyl feels slightly more powerful... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 BMW X3 currently has 1 recall


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
marginal

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

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

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs 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

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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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