Now standard with auto-dimming mirrors, the 2014 BMW X3 is a compact SUV available in two different trim levels; standard xDrive28i and an optional xDrive35i. The standard X3 is powered by a 2.0-liter twin-turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 240 hp while the upgraded trim gets the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-6 engine that yields 300 hp. Both trims are paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission that enables the X3 to achieve an EPA estimated 21 mpg and 28 mpg highway. Features include 18-inch alloy wheels, universal garage-door opener, start/stop technology, xenon HID headlights, navigation, panoramic moonroof, HD radio, and USB adapter. Safety is comprised of dynamic stability control (DSC), hill descent control (HDC), anti-lock braking system (ABS), advanced airbags, and tire pressure monitoring (TPMS). The X3 is backed by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
For 2014, BMW has added a number of additional standard features to the X3, while slightly raising prices. A universal garage-door opener, auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors, ambient lighting, 40/20/40-split folding rear seats, the storage compartment package and BMW Assist Call and TeleService are all now standard. The xDrive 35i now includes trailer hitch pre-wiring, the Technology Package now includes USB and Bluetooth plus full smartphone integration, the Cold Weather Package is more widely available, and Driver Assistance Plus is offered with the Tech Package or with navigation. Otherwise, the M Sport Package is now offered with a wider range of interior trims. Separately, BMW's iDrive interface has been upgraded to version 4.2, which has upgraded maps with 3D city views, an improved menu system, better voice recognition and new split-screen views.
Quick and nimble; very fuel-efficient compared to other crossovers (28i); comfortable, well-appointed cabin; long list of technology features and upgrades
The X3 is one of the quickest and most nimble-handling of the compact luxury-brand crossovers; yet it's also one of the most fuel-efficient in 4-cylinder xDrive28i form. The sensible yet stylish cabin strikes a great balance between plush comfort and practical family sensibilities, and it has one of the more comfortable back seats in its class; while the number of useful high-tech features and driver aids is impressive.