2006 BMW X3 Trims

BMW's X3 compact luxury SUV handles like a sports sedan. For 2006, the engine choices were reduced to one: a 3.0-liter engine. Body-color front and rear bumpers along with some minor ex... Read More

BMW's X3 compact luxury SUV handles like a sports sedan. For 2006, the engine choices were reduced to one: a 3.0-liter engine. Body-color front and rear bumpers along with some minor exterior trim enhancements were added.

A 225-hp, 3.0-liter inline six sends power through a standard six-speed manual transmission or a no-charge optional five-speed automatic. Reviewers prefer the Steptronic automatic with its manual shifting mode for all-around ease of operation. BMW gives a 0-60 time of 7.6 seconds with the manual and 7.9 with the automatic. Consumer Guide managed an average of 17.7 mpg with the Steptronic.

The xDrive all-wheel-drive system with Dynamic Stability Control is standard and receives rave reviews, with testers calling it one of the best all-weather traction systems. xDrive is so flexible that it can deliver 100% of the available torque to one wheel. Not only does it provide traction in adverse weather conditions, but it will also step in when the driver has been "overenthusiastic" in the twisties. Brakes are BMW class: firm, solid, and sure, making for linear, smooth stops. Add to this the optional Servotronic speed-sensitive steering, and you never need to consider a sport sedan for driving enjoyment.

According to reviewers, however, the materials in the well-laid-out interior are not up to BMW's luxury standard. BMW counters by saying the X3 is appropriately equipped for rugged everyday use. The interior is comfortable, roomy, and well designed. Consumer Guide commented that for cargo space the X3 provides "compact station wagon floor space, but SUV height."

Standard safety features abound: xDrive, Dynamic Stability Control, ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution, Brake Assist, and the full lineup of airbags.

The X3 continues to be a BMW top seller for those seeking SUV features with sport-sedan handling.

Powertrain: 3.0L 225 hp I6 Engine, AWD, 6-Speed Manual Transmission, MPG: 19
Air Conditioning Air filtration · Front air conditioning: automatic climate control
Airbags Front airbags: dual · Head airbags: front and rear · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Side airbags: front
Audio System Audio security system · CD-controller · In-Dash CD: single disc · MP3 player: CD MP3 Playback · Radio: AM/FM · Radio Data System · Subwoofer: 1
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Braking assist · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brakes: ventilated disc
Child Safety Child safety locks · Child seat anchors
Comfort Features Cargo area light · Center console trim: wood · Door trim: wood · Reading lights · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Cargo cover · Center console: front console with storage · Cruise control · Cupholders · Multi-function remote · Power steering · Retained accessory power · Steering wheel: tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: audio, cruise controls · Storage: door pockets, seatback, cargo tie-down anchors and hooks
Doors Liftgate window: fixed · Rear door type: liftgate
Driver Seat Height adjustable · Power adjustments
Drivetrain Center differential · Descent Control · Driven Wheels: all wheel drive · Limited slip differential: center
Headrests Adjustable rear headrests · Front headrests: adjustable
In Car Entertainment Antenna
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Trip computer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level
Lights Daytime running lights · Front fog lights · Headlights: Auto on/off, auto delay off · Taillights: adaptive
Locks Power door locks: remote
Memorized Settings Convience features
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power
Passenger Seat Height adjustable · Power adjustments
Rear Seats Center armrest: folding · Folding: split folding · Type: bench
Roof Rear sunroof: power glass · Roof rack · Sunroof: power glass
Seatbelts Rear center seatbelt: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters · Seatbelt pretensioners
Seats Front seat type: bucket · Passenger Seating: 5 · Upholstery: vinyl
Security Engine immobilizer · Rolling code security
Spare Tire Mount Location: underbody
Stability and Traction Stability control · Traction control
Suspension Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: MacPherson struts · Rear Suspension Classification: independent · Rear Suspension Type: multi-link · Stabilizer bar(s): front and rear
Telematics Phone: pre-wired for phone
Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: all season
Tires and Rims 17 Inch Wheels
Windows Front wipers: rain sensing · Heated windshield washer jets · Power windows: remote operation · Rear defogger · Rear wiper