Review of the 2014 BMW X3
SUV crossovers have become popular in recent years as motorists seek out a vehicle with the driving performance of a car combined with the ability to haul a little more cargo.
The BMW X3 is a compact luxury crossover that has several features that should appeal to upper end consumers.
Debuting in 2003, the BMW X3 has received a few updates nearly every succeeding year. The 2013 model received a variety of mechanical upgrades, including a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, that transfer to the 2014 version.
The vehicle does a nice job of combining safety, performance and fuel efficiency.
The Engine – The four-cylinder, eight-speed automatic base engine has nearly the identical power the older six-cylinder did but with improved fuel efficiency.
There is an optional six-cylinder available. The engine is one of the most powerful in the class, generating 240 horsepower. The turbo models go from 0-60 in 5.5 seconds.
Gas Mileage – The BMW x3 gets 21 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Interior – The cabin of the x3 is spacious and comfortable, even for taller drivers, and the rear seating also offers plenty of room. It comes standard with faux leather seats. The front seats are adjustable eight ways and the driver’s spot has a memory function.
There is 27.6 cubic feet of cargo space available when the second row of seats remains in place. That area expands to 56.6 cubic feet when all the seats are folded down. The opening is wide, making it easier to load items into the cargo area. One negative is that the rear seats do not slide forward or back.
Exterior – The headlights will have a sleeker design and the side mirrors are slimmed down a bit and will appear les box-like. The bumpers will also be updated in the front and back. Some reviewers have stated the exterior design somewhat limits the visibility in the rear. A one-piece tailgate provides access to the rear cargo area.
Safety – There are a number of safety features standard on the BMW X3 that makes it a leader among crossover vehicles. The X3 comes standard with driver and side airbags, anti-lock brakes, child safety locks, electronic stability control, daytime running lights and traction control.
The X3 also rates is rated good by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety when it comes to side impacts, rear crashes and roof strength. The good rating is the highest available.
For consumers looking to find a car with a powerful, yet fuel-efficient engine, lots of interior space and excellent safety rating, the BMW x3 is a luxury crossover vehicle with a lot to offer. It is highly competitive with others in the class and can be very appealing to families.