2019 BMW X3

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BMW X3 highlights

Customer rating


  • Engines deliver good power and solid EPA-estimated fuel economy
  • Plenty of interior space in the stylish cabin


  • Expensive, and you'll spend more with all the option choices
  • There's no option for Android Auto™, just Apple CarPlay®

Mileage (EPA estimate)

20 city, 27 highway, 23 combined

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The 2019 BMW X3 is a compact luxury SUV to beat

The BMW X3 has it all in the compact luxury SUV segment: classy looks inside and out, plenty of passenger and cargo space, powerful but efficient engines, and a driving character that's more sport sedan than compact SUV. It's helped define the space it competes in, and while many rivals get close to it in particular areas—Porsche's Macan betters it outright for driver fun—none offer the broad combination of qualities that make the X3 such an appealing all-rounder. Since BMW introduced this generation X3 in 2018, the 2019 X3 soldiers on unchanged. The sDrive30i and xDrive30i are powered by a 248-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the sDrive signifying rear-wheel-drive and the xDrive all-wheel-drive.

Both 30i models feature a slick-shifting eight-speed automatic, and all those gear ratios as well as BMW's clever Eco Pro drive mode option help the X3 deliver good EPA-estimated fuel economy if you resist the temptation to enjoy the engine's performance. If you want more power and poise, you might want to consider the M40i model above the 30i models. This X3 gains a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder with 355 hp and chassis revisions sharpen it even further. It's more focused but still well rounded and capable in its appeal, which only grows when you consider that it comes with many things that are costly options on the smaller-engine version.

All BMW X3 years

New for 2019

  • The X3 is available in a new trim called the sDrive30i.
  • X3 trims have been upgraded with Rear Air Conditioning as standard equipment this year.
  • Running Boards features are now available as options on select trims.

Explore BMW X3 details

sDrive30i 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 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
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Run Flat Tires
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Rear Seat Heaters
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Engine type

Turbo Gas

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Overall length






Leg room

F 40.3"/R 36.4"

Head room

F 41.1"/R 39.1"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity




5 reasons to buy the 2019 BMW X3

1. Powerful engines

2019 BMW X3: Engine | CarMax

You can't go wrong with either of the 2019 BMW X3's robust engine offerings. Even the base 2.0L four-cylinder engine has a turbocharger attached to help pump out 248 horsepower. That's pretty great in an SUV that only weighs just over 4,000 pounds (base RWD version). Meanwhile, the 3.0L-powered M40i gets a turbo six-cylinder with 335 horsepower—but it weighs a bit more at 4,317 pounds.

2. Tons of standard features

2019 BMW X3: Interior Fronts Seats | CarMax

The 2019 X3 will give you that impressive luxury experience, even in the base model. You'll get tons of luxury-focused interior features as standard like simulated leather upholstery, power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats, and sliding and reclining rear seats. So, even though it's the base X3, it's nothing but basic.

3. Spacious interior

2019 BMW X3: Cargo Space | CarMax

Even though it's pretty small on the outside, the 2019 X3 is impressively big on the inside. You'll get 28.7 cu-ft of cargo space with all seats in place. With the seats folded down, capacity increases to an impressive 62.7 cu-ft. That means more room for people and cargo on your next road trip!

4. Sporty offerings

2019 BMW X3: Exterior Rear View | CarMax

It's no surprise that the 2019 X3 has some of that magical BMW sporting pedigree built in. Look for models with the M Sport package and you'll find exterior features like aggressive front and rear bumpers and 19-inch wheels. Inside, you'll get a sport steering wheel and other cool features. There's also the Dynamic Handling package, which adds upgraded brakes, adaptive suspension dampers, and variable-ratio steering.

5. Options for days

2019 BMW X3: Dashboard | CarMax

Looking for a bit more luxury for your commute? The 2019 X3 has tons of options, available through a series of packages. You can find features to your 2019 X3 such as heated front seats, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a digital gauge cluster, a navigation system, an upgraded 10.3-inch central touchscreen, Apple CarPlay connectivity, and much more!

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If you're looking for a handsome, family-friendly SUV, check out the Acura RDX. The 2017–2021 Acura RDX is available in a two-row layout and is powered by a standard 279-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine (2017–2018). You get a single trim level but you can choose from three optional packages for 2017–2018 including AcuraWatch Plus, Technology, and Advance. Acura updated the RDX for 2019, adding a sporty A-Spec trim and a new engine; a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine putting out 272 horsepower.

Standard features on the base 2017–2021 Acura RDX include:

  • Leatherette (premium vinyl) upholstery

  • Power liftgate

  • Heated power front seats

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2019 BMW X3 is a luxury SUV that has all the technology customers could ever ask for. Customers like the car's drivability, comfort, and style. The car also has excellent room, drivers assistance features, and curb appeal. Based on customer reviews, the X3 is a great purchase at any price.
Above Average

RepairPal gave the BMW X3 an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks BMW X3 14th out of 16 among Luxury Compact SUVs.

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2019 BMW X3 trims

Curious how BMW X3 trims differ? Use our side-by-side vehicle comparison to see the differences and similarities
  • sDrive30i/xDrive30i: Includes great exterior standard features like a power tailgate, LED headlights and fog lights, automatic wipers, roof rails, a rearview camera, and more. Inside, you'll find standard stuff like simulated-leather upholstery, power-adjustable front sport seats, a 40/20/40-split rear seat with recline function, tri-zone automatic climate control, wheel-mounted shift paddles, adjustable driving modes, a 6.5-inch central display, and a 12-speaker audio system.

  • M40i: Adds features like a panoramic moonroof, larger 10.3-inch infotainment display, sportier exterior styling with black window trim, roof rails, adaptive LED headlights, sport steering wheel, sport pedals, hands-free keyless entry, and automatic high beams.

2019 BMW X3 FAQ

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Color options

2019 BMW X3: Color Options | CarMax

Exterior colors:

  • Alpine White

  • Black Sapphire Metallic

  • Carbon Black

  • Dark Graphite Metallic

  • Dark Olive Metallic

  • Glacier Silver Metallic

  • Jet Black

  • Mineral White Metallic

  • Phytonic Blue Metallic

  • Terra Brown Metallic

Interior colors:

  • Black

  • Canberra Beige

  • Cognac

  • Mocha

  • Oyster

Interior details

The 2019 BMW X3 features standard simulated leather upholstery, power-adjustable driver and front passenger seats, and manually sliding and reclining rear seats with 40/20/40 split-folding backs. The 2019 X3 has 28.7 cu-ft of cargo space with all seats in place. With the seats folded down, capacity increases to an impressive 62.7 cu-ft. Look for the available packages to increase interior features and add things such as heated seats.

Child seat details

The 2019 BMW X3 has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats on the driver and passenger side with one additional seating position in the middle with a tether anchor only. Its child seat accessibility was rated as "marginal" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) which is the third-best of four possible ratings. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.


The base 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine propels the 2019 X3 from zero to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds, while the 3.0L powered M40i does the sprint in 4.8 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new). All engine options of the 2019 BMW X3 are paired with an eight-speed shiftable automatic transmission.

The base 2019 BMW X3 sDrive30i starts at an EPA-estimated 23/30 mpg city/highway while that number drops a bit to an EPA-estimated 22/29 mpg city/highway for the sDrive30i AWD version.

The more powerful 3.0L M40i gets an EPA-estimated 20/27 mpg city/highway. 

Year Comparison

2011–2017 BMW X3 (Second Generation)

The second generation of the X3 arrived for the 2011 model year and was roughly the same size as the first generation but featured new design elements and engine options. Power came from a 3.0L with 240 horsepower or you could go for an optional 300 horsepower turbocharged 3.0L. A new 2.0L turbodiesel with 180 horsepower was added to the second generation X3 for 2015.

Cargo space for the second generation is 27.6 cu-ft that can be increased to 63.3 cu-ft with seats folded down.

2018–Present BMW X3 (Third Generation)

The third-generation BMW X3 is a bit longer and wider, with more room inside for people and stuff. The base engine for 2018–2019 is a 248 horsepower 2.0L turbocharged inline-four. The more powerful 2018–2019 X3 M40i comes powered with a 3.0L turbocharged inline-six that puts out an impressive 355 horsepower.

For 2018–2019, the base X3 is still well equipped, with LED headlights, tri-zone automatics climate control, 18-inch wheels, simulated leather upholstery, a 6.5-inch touchscreen (10.3-inch available), forward collision warning (2019+), and more.

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