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Several years into this generation, the 2016 BMW X3 remains a compelling choice in the hotly contested premium compact SUV landscape. 2015 brought a few revisions to freshen up the X3's looks and add equipment to increase its value, so for 2016 the X3 remains largely unchanged. There are three engine choices. The sDrive28i and xDrive28i models are powered by a gas four-cylinder turbo engine, and the xDrive28d by a four-cylinder turbodiesel. xDrive signals all-wheel drive, and the sDrive—limited to the 28i model—is a rear-wheel-drive choice. Above those models is the xDrive35i, which gives the X3 impressive power with its 300-hp turbocharged six-cylinder 3.0-liter.
All X3s drive sharply, with crisp steering and an agility that's unusual for a high-riding SUV. Only Porsche's significantly more expensive Macan will raise a bigger grin behind the wheel, but it doesn't have the X3's space or practicality. With stylish looks inside and out, an easy-to-operate iDrive infotainment system, and BMW's slight improvements in equipment every year, the X3 remains difficult to ignore even as it ages, particularly if driver enjoyment is high on your list of priorities.
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Whether you're looking for a sensible four-cylinder, a fuel-sipping turbodiesel, or a powerful inline-six, the BMW X3 has something for every driver. The 2016 line-up starts with a 240-hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder that connects to an eight-speed automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive.
The all-wheel drive version—called the xDrive28i—uses the same engine, and both the sDrive28i and xDrive28i return an EPA-estimated 24 mpg combined.
The 2016 BMW X3 is a well-rounded compact luxury SUV that delivers energetic handling and customizable performance. BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system—which is included on the 2016 X3 xDrive28i, xDrive28d, and xDrive35i models—ensures excellent stability in slippery conditions or during mild off-roading. The SUV's taut suspension also produces a firm ride that remains controlled around turns yet absorbs road imperfections for your comfort. Adding the available Dynamic Handling Package lets you adjust the suspension dampers, throttle, transmission, and steering feel using Normal, Sport, and Sport+ modes for next-level enjoyment.
Compact luxury SUVs combine utility, versatility, and comfort into a stylish package—and the 2016 BMW X3 is no exception. With room for five passengers, the 2016 X3 is ideal for small families, couples, and singles and boasts a spacious and airy cabin that's a pleasure to ride in. Back-seat passengers enjoy 36.5 inches of legroom and 39.1 inches of headroom to stretch out on long drives. There is also 27.6 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the second row. Leatherette upholstery comes standard, and heated front and rear leather-trimmed seats can be added by choosing one of the 2016 X3's enticing packages.
The 2016 X3 isn't your average utility vehicle. Instead, this SUV's good looks and stylish elegance derive from the BMW 3 Series sedan. A tapered nose and chiseled lines on the hood make a solid first impression, while twin-circular headlights and the classic BMW kidney grille add character. A swooping belt-line draws eyes to the rear of the SUV, which is accentuated with LED-lit taillights. No matter the angle, the 2016 X3 embodies sleek sophistication.
When you choose the 2016 BMW X3, you get a generous amount of standard features. All trims include a 6.5-inch display with Bluetooth® connectivity and an enhanced USB for quick device charging. In addition, dynamic cruise control, which is standard on all X3s, automatically adjusts the SUV's vehicle speed to maintain a proper following distance, while LED fog lights improve visibility in low-light conditions. A standard split fold-down rear seat also provides cargo-carrying versatility, and the included power liftgate makes loading groceries into the trunk very easy.
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sDrive28i: Includes 18-inch V-spoke light-alloy wheels, a power tailgate, automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, a sport-leather steering wheel, and more.
xDrive28i: Adds all-wheel drive and hill descent control.
xDrive28d: Adds a diesel engine.
xDrive35i: Adds 18-inch double-spoke light-alloy wheels, a panoramic moonroof, xenon headlights, adaptive light control, and a Harman Kardon® surround sound system.
The 2016 BMW X3 xDrive35i comes standard with a panoramic moonroof. All other trims can add this feature as a standalone option or bundle it with other features by adding the available Premium Package, which includes leather upholstery, keyless entry, and lumbar support.
The 2016 BMW X3 does not come standard with heated seats. However, heated front seats are available as a standalone option, or you can choose the available Cold Weather Package, which adds heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and retractable headlight washers.
Yes, this compact luxury SUV is good in snow and includes an xDrive all-wheel drive system on 2016 BMW X3 xDrive28i, xDrive28d, and xDrive35i models. This system ensures enhanced traction and control in snowy and slick conditions.
No, the 2016 BMW X3 does not have a touchscreen; however, the iDrive infotainment system does use a touchpad controller. This feature lets you trace letters and numbers with your finger to access information on the 6.5-inch display screen.
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The 2016 BMW X3 interior features two rows of seating for five passengers. Leatherette upholstery comes standard in all trims and leather-trimmed seats are available. Heated front and rear seats are also optional with the Cold Weather Package, which includes a heated steering wheel. With 27.6 cu-ft of cargo volume behind the second row, the 2016 X3 can fit shopping bags or luggage for a weekend getaway. Folding the second row reveals 63.3 cubes. Lastly, your rear-seat passengers will enjoy the 2016 BMW X3's interior space with 36.5 inches of legroom and 39.1 inches of headroom.
The 2016 BMW X3 can fit two car seats in the second row. This includes LATCH car seats, infant car seats, rear-facing convertible car seats, forward-facing convertible car seats, and booster car seats. The 2016 model features two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor for the rear middle seat. However, the rear middle seat is very narrow and parents and guardians may find that many car seats are too wide to install.
The 2016 BMW X3 sDrive28i comes standard with a 240-hp turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder with an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. This same engine is found in the xDrive28i, which includes an xDrive all-wheel drive system for all-weather performance. Both the 2016 X3 sDrive28i and the xDrive28i's turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder earn an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
2004–2017 BMW X3 (First Generation)
The BMW X3 joined BMW's lineup in 2004 as a smaller version of the X5. In 2013, the X3 received a new base turbocharged four-cylinder and an available turbo six-cylinder with auto stop-start engine technology. A new turbocharged diesel four-cylinder and a motion-activated power liftgate were also unveiled in 2015, along with wireless smartphone charging in 2017.
2018–Present BMW X3 (Second Generation)
The 2018 BMW X3 launched its second-generation with the xDrive30i (with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder) and the M40i (with a turbocharged 3.0L six-cylinder). Two years later, the PHEV xDrive30e was added and included a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. These powertrains continued into the 2021 model year, and Android Auto™ smartphone capabilities, lane-departure warning, and blind-spot monitoring also became standard equipment. BMW retired the xDrive30e for 2022, and the turbo six-cylinder engine now has a 48-volt mild hybrid system. The SUV has also received new front and rear styling and a larger optional touchscreen display with a new center console.