2014 BMW X3

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BMW X3 highlights

Customer rating


  • High-quality interior and plenty of passenger space
  • Powerful but efficient engines


  • One of the more expensive choices for a premium compact SUV
  • No hybrid option

Mileage (EPA estimate)

19 city, 26 highway, 21 combined

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2014 BMW X3 is a top recommendation as a luxury compact SUV

After receiving a new engine for the xDrive28i among other changes for 2013, the BMW X3 goes into 2014 with few revisions. Not that you’ll hear us complaining, because the X3 remains a very compelling choice among its premium compact SUV rivals. Those include alternatives like the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLK, both of which can match the BMW in upscale appeal but not quite in satisfaction on the road. The BMW drives more like a sport sedan than an SUV, and that agility is aided by a pair of powerful engines: The xDrive28i delivers 240 hp via a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and the xDrive35i packs a 300-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder. Both models are all-wheel drive and feature a slick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.

The X3's standard equipment covers the basics, so you'll need to dip into the options list if you want things like keyless entry and ignition, satellite radio, heated front seats, a head-up display, and other desirable convenience and comfort features. Many of these options are bundled into packages like the Premium, Cold Weather, Technology, Driver Assistance, and M Sport (which adds special exterior and interior trim and larger 19-inch alloy wheels). The X3 is not cheap, but it's desirable and should prove relatively inexpensive to run, with solid EPA-estimated fuel economy.

All BMW X3 years

What is new for the 2014 BMW X3?

  • X3 trims have been upgraded with Sunroof(s) as standard equipment this year.
  • Adjustable Suspension, Full Roof Rack, and Harman Kardon Sound features are now available as options on select trims.

5 reasons to buy the 2014 BMW X3

1. Sporty AWD handling

The 2014 X3 is built for driver enjoyment thanks to BMW's xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. No matter where the road takes you, the X3's excellent traction and variable sports steering ensure that you enjoy harmonious and responsive agility at all times. With driver experience taken care of, adding standard Performance Control and available Dynamic Damping Control will keep your passengers feeling anchored over adverse road conditions and around the bends of winding roads. 

2. Elegant accent finishing

Supremely elegant in every respect, the 2014 X3 is more than a sports utility vehicle. The style is tastefully designed, including dynamic accents, deluxe features, and subtle high-end materials. At first glance, the front grille and angular side fascias impart an aggressive and bold stance. Jump inside, and the plush soft-touch finishing will capture your attention. Depending on the trim you choose, leatherette or genuine leather upholstery in deep buttery tones is paired with grained wood or aluminum accents for an extra luxe feel.

3. Two turbo engine options

If you're shopping for a luxury SUV with real driving performance, the engine options for the 2014 X3 are built for thoughtful performance ability. The xDrive28i base trim has a 240-hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder, while the xDrive35i upper trim runs on a 300-hp turbocharged 3.0L inline-six. Both engines benefit from a smooth-changing eight-speed automatic transmission and are also equipped with BMW's Twin Power Turbo technology, designed to improve engine output and fuel consumption. 

4. Luxurious standard equipment

BMW excels at everyday luxury, so unless you're set on the larger engine of the X3's upper trim, the base trim xDrive28i is incredibly satisfying—thanks to its long list of high-end standard equipment. Stay cool and classy with the rear privacy glass and dual-zone automatic climate control. Enjoy your favorite sounds on its 12-speaker audio system or catch up with friends via Bluetooth® phone connectivity. With soft-touch upholstery, easy-reach drink holders, and 36.8-inches of second-row legroom, deluxe ease and comfort are also assured. 

5. Plenty of great package options

With no less than seven package options available, the 2014 X3 can feature specific add-ons that are perfect for you and your crew. Are you looking for upscale finishing? The Premium package for the base trim xDrive28i includes a panoramic sunroof and leather upholstery. If your home state has many chilly months, the Cold Weather package is one to look out for; it adds heated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.5 out of 5

8 customer reviews

RepairPal gave the BMW X3 an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Average. This rating ranks BMW X3 16th out of 18 among Luxury Compact SUVs.

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BMW X3 features and specs

XDrive28i 4WD/AWD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 4WD/AWD
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Run Flat Tires
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Adjustable Suspension
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Running Boards
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Smart Key
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

All Wheel Drive (4WD/AWD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 39.9"/R 36.8"

Head room

F 40.7"/R 39.1"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

350/3500 lbs.



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