Air Conditioning Air filtration · Automatic climate control front air conditioning
Airbags Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags · Side curtain airbags: front, rear
Audio System Audio security system · Single disc in-Dash CD · MP3 player: CD MP3 Playback · AM/FM radio · Radio Data System · 1 subwoofer
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Braking assist · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brakes: ventilated disc
Comfort Features Center console trim: wood · Door trim: wood · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Cargo area light · Cargo cover · Center console: front console with storage · Cruise control · Cupholders · Multi-function remote: keyless entry · Power steering · Reading lights: front · Retained accessory power · Steering wheel: tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: cruise controls, audio · Storage: cargo tie-down anchors and hooks, door pockets, seatback
Doors Liftgate window: fixed · Rear door type: liftgate
Driver Seat Power adjustments: 8
Drivetrain Center differential: mechanical · Limited slip differential: center
Headrests Front headrests: adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 3
Instrumentation Clock · Tachometer · Trip odometer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert
Lights Daytime running lights · Front fog lights · Headlights: Auto on/off, auto delay off · Taillights: adaptive
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power
Passenger Seat Power adjustments: 8
Rear Seats Center armrest · Type: bench
Roof Moonroof: power glass · Rear sunroof: power glass · Roof rack color: black
Safety Child safety locks · Child seat anchors
Seatbelts Rear center seatbelt: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters · Seatbelt pretensioners
Seats Driver seat power adjustments: height · Front seat type: bucket · Passenger seat power adjustments: height · Rear headrests: adjustable · Rear seat folding: split · Upholstery: vinyl
Security Engine immobilizer · Power door locks · Rolling code security
Spare Tire Mount Location: underbody
Stability and Traction Hill Descent Control · 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, 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
609 Navigation System $1,800
ZPP Premium PKG $1,800
ZSP Sport PKG $1,800
LG__ Leather Seat Trim $1,450
522 Xenon Adaptive Headlights $800
639 BMW Assist $750
ZCW Cold Weather PKG $750
508 Front/Rear Park Distance Control $700
677 Premium Sound System $675
2CB 18" Star Spoke Alloy Wheels $500
494 Heated Front Seats $500
-METAL Metallic Paint $475
261 Rear Side-Impact Airbags $385
761 Privacy Glass $350
2ML 18" M Alloy Wheels $300
216 Servotronic PWR Assisted Steering $250
413 Cargo Net $150
248 Heated Steering Wheel $150
693 Satellite Radio Preparation $75
205 5-Speed Automatic Transmission $0
-MAN 6-Speed Manual Transmission $0
439 Aluminum-Look Trim $0
435 Light Birch Grain Wood Trim $0
ZMA Mobile Assistance PKG $0
KA__ SENSATEC Leatherette Seat Trim $0
Price $37,495 MSRP
Body Style Crossover
Engine 3.0L 225 hp I6
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
15MPG city
23MPG highway
Drivetrain AWD



Transmission Options

Drivetrain AWD
6-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
15MPG city
23MPG highway
5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
14MPG city
21MPG highway


Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side AirbagsOptional
Curtain AirbagsStandard
ABS BrakesStandard


Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsOptional
Power SeatsDriver: Standard
Passenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player


3.0L 225 hp I6
Power 225 hp @ 5,900 RPM
Torque 214 lb-ft @ 3,500 RPM


Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume17 gal
Front Legroom40.2 in
Back Legroom35.8 in
Wheelbase110.1 in
Length179.7 in
Width73 in
Height66 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume30 cu ft
Standard Payload1,025 lbs
Maximum Payload1,025 lbs
Standard Towing Capacity3,500 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity3,500 lbs
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.