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2019 BMW X3
$22,524 — $57,789 NEW and USED
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SUV
5 Seats
23-26 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Ride quality
  • Refined four-cylinder engine
  • Front-seat comfort
  • Integration of available Apple CarPlay
  • Many ways to customize

The Bad

  • Backseat position
  • Numb steering
  • Modest cargo room
  • No Android Auto
  • Not much nicer than the X1
2019 BMW X3 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 BMW X3
  • Newly standard active safety features
  • New rear-wheel-drive base trim level
  • Five-seat compact luxury SUV
  • Choice of turbocharged engines
  • All-wheel drive available
  • Lane-centering steering available

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2019 BMW X3 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2019 BMW X3?

The BMW X3 is a five-seat compact luxury SUV. It’s offered with rear- or all-wheel drive, and power comes from a standard 248-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or an available 355-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder. Both engines work with an eight-speed automatic transmission. A new X3 M version debuts for the 2020 model year. X3 competitors include the Volvo XC60, Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and Audi Q5.

What’s New on the 2019 BMW X3?

A new rear-wheel-drive sDrive30i trim level joins the lineup, powered by the same turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s in the all-wheel-drive xDrive30i trim. New standard active safety features include forward collision warning with daytime pedestrian detection and low-speed automatic emergency braking. Front and rear parking sensors are also now standard.

What Features in the 2019 BMW X3 Are Most Important?

The X3’s newly standard active safety features are a welcome addition. Available Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity makes using iPhone apps easier and safer, but we don’t like how BMW makes the feature a subscription service – a free one-year trial is included – rather than a feature good for the life of the car. Options include a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, navigation, a panoramic moonroof, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a Harman Kardon premium stereo, a head-up display and a 360-degree camera system.

Should I Buy the 2019 BMW X3?

The BMW X3 rides well and has a refined base four-cylinder engine, but it suffers from numb steering and modest cargo room. New standard features have improved its value proposition, though not to the degree of some of its own stablemates; we’d recommend taking a look at the less expensive X1, too, if you’re considering an X3.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.2
93 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.5)
Performance
(4.2)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.1)
Value For The Money
(4.2)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Love it

by Allan T from Pebble Beach, CA on June 25, 2020

BMW has designed an SUV that has super quality and is fun to drive. I especially like the heads up display and interior design and engneering. Read full review

(3.0)

In and Out of the Dealership Frequently

by SadX3Owner from Miami, Florida on May 20, 2020

I bought this car new in December 2019 and it currently has about 12,000 miles on it. I baby this car and take good care of it. I have already been through one official recall for the back up camera. ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 BMW X3 currently has 6 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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

  • View All CPO Program Details

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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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