The 2019 BMW X3 is one of the best vehicles in one of the coolest classes: a compact luxury SUV. In this class, it competes for the hearts, minds and money of buyers who might also consider the Mercedes-Benz GLC, Audi Q5, Lexus NX or Acura RDX. The BMW X3 stands apart from its rivals by the fact that BMW is one of the trendsetters of the segment. Beyond its German badge and history, the 2019 X3 is the real deal. It has dynamic performance and fun-to-drive manners while still offering a high level of comfort and the latest technology. True, the 2019 BMW X3 is not the least expensive compact-luxury SUV, but is still the most desirable.
The 2019 BMW X3 is a small luxury SUV available in three version: sDrive30i, xDrive30i and M40i. The base X3 sDrive30i is nicely equipped. Notable standard equipment includes parking sensors, power tailgate, rain-sensing windshield wipers, universal garage-door opener, 3-zone automatic climate control, SensaTec faux leather upholstery, 10-way-power front seats, iDrive infotainment system, a 10.25-inch screen controlled by touch or the iDrive dial, Bluetooth, USB input, a 12-speaker/205-watt AM/FM/HD Radio. Also standard is the Active Guard system with frontal-collision warning and the Automatic City Collision Mitigation braking system, which can automatically apply the brakes if the vehicle senses an impending crash. Apple CarPlay integration is available, but it’s an extra $300. Unfortunately, the X3 doesn’t support Android Auto at this time.
The 2019 BMW X3 offers two different engines, and all is work very well. The X3 sDrive30i and xDrive30i get a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder generates 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This is an engine that’s been doing duty under the hoods of mostly every BMW vehicles these days, and you’ll likely never feel disappointed. The new sDrive30i model come standard with rear-wheel-drive. The xDrive means they are all-wheel drive, a great choice if you live in cold-weather states or if you plan for light off-roading. The xDrive M40i get an upgraded engine turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder. With 355 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque, this engine hardly ever feels strained. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy is better than many of its rivals. Every 2019 BMW X3 also features a start/stop system, which cuts engine power at idle in order to save fuel. If you’re don’t like on the engine constantly restarting in traffic, it can be defeated with the press of a button.
In track testing, the 2019 BMW xDrive30i went from zero to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. The more powerful M40i did it in just 4.4 seconds.
2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
248 horsepower @ 5,200-6,500 rpm
258 lb-ft of torque @ 1,450-4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/30 mpg (sDrive30i), 22/29 mpg (xDrive30i)
3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder
355 horsepower @ 5,500-6,500 rpm
369 lb-ft of torque @ 1,520-4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/27 mpg
The 2019 BMW X3 is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the X3 sDrive30i starts just under $42,000, while the xDrive30i starts closer to $44,000. The powerful M40i jump the price over $55,000.