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2017 BMW X3

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2017 BMW X3

BMW X3 highlights

Customer reviews

4.6 out of 5

RepairPal reliability rating**

3 out of 5


  • Generous passenger and luggage space in the upscale interior
  • An engaging, enjoyable drive for a SUV


  • It's never been cheap, and rivals offer as much for less money
  • Driving and infotainment tech trails its newer rivals

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 28 highway, 24 combined

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The 2017 BMW X3 is in fine form even toward end of this generation

Even in the BMW X3's last year of this generation, this premium compact SUV gets top marks. The 2017 model bows out on a high: Its sharp driving dynamics, plentiful cabin space, and comfort and quality, mixed with a choice of three powerful yet efficient engines, combine to make for a very appealing all-rounder. The lineup remains sDrive28i, xDrive28i, xDrive28d, and xDrive35i, with sDrive signaling rear-wheel drive and xDrive all-wheel drive.

It matters little which X3 you choose because all of them drive well, with nice chassis balance, crisp steering, and ample performance. The diesel is the most pragmatic of the three engine choices. It lacks the charisma of its gasoline alternatives but rewards with fuel-and-forget-it-for-a-while range, thanks to its impressive EPA-estimated fuel economy. The xDrive35i remains a compelling, quick, and sharp-handling choice that mixes family duties, fun, and power in equal measure. As the range-topping model, it also has fewer option boxes to tick. If we have one complaint, it's that the X3 has always been a bit expensive and requires lots of extra-cost options to match the features of many of its rivals. The redesigned model for 2018 builds on the strengths of this car, but the 2017 X3 is still one of the toughest cars to beat among luxury compact SUVs.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the 2017 BMW X3 is a great car to drive and spacious. Customers like the heated seats, panoramic sun roof, and the sleek and fast design.
5 Stars11
4 Stars4
3 Stars0
2 Stars1
1 Star0

RepairPal reliability rating**

Above Average
RepairPal gave the BMW X3 an overall reliability rating of 3 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks BMW X3 14th out of 15 among Luxury Compact SUVs.
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Explore BMW X3 details

SDrive28i 2WD 4D Sport Utility

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