Air Conditioning Active charcoal air filtration · Automatic climate control front air conditioning · Single front air conditioning zones · Rear heat vents
Airbags Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags · Side curtain airbags: front, rear
Audio System Antenna Type: diversity · Audio security system · MP3 auxiliary audio input · Single disc in-Dash CD · MP3 player: CD MP3 Playback · AM/FM radio · Radio Data System · Total Number of Speakers: 8
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Braking assist: hill start assist · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 12.8 · Front brakes: ventilated disc · Rear brake diameter: 12.6 · Rear brakes: ventilated disc
Comfort Features Center console trim: wood · Dash trim: wood · Door trim: wood · Shift knob trim: alloy, leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Cargo area light · Cargo cover: retractable · Center console: front console with storage · Cruise control · Cupholders: rear, front · Memorized settings: side mirrors, driver seat · Multi-function remote: keyless entry · One-touch windows: 4 · Power steering: speed-proportional · Reading lights: front, rear · Retained accessory power · Steering wheel: tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: cruise controls · Storage: cargo tie-down anchors and hooks, door pockets, cargo net, front seatback · Vanity mirrors: dual illuminating
Doors Liftgate window: fixed · Rear door type: liftgate
Driver Seat Power adjustments: 8
Drivetrain 4WD Type: full time · Axle ratio: 3.73 · Center differential: mechanical · Limited slip differential: center
Exterior Features Door handle color: body-color · Exhaust: dual exhaust tips · Exhaust tip color: chrome · Mirror color: body-color · Rear spoiler
Headrests Front headrests: adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 3
Instrumentation Tachometer · Trip computer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert
Lights Daytime running lights · Front fog lights · Headlights: Auto on · Taillights: adaptive
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power
Passenger Seat Power adjustments: 8
Rear Seats Type: bench
Roof Moonroof: power glass · Rear sunroof: power glass · Roof rack · Wind deflector
Safety Active head restraints: driver · Child safety locks · Child seat anchors
Seatbelts Rear center seatbelt: 3-point · Seatbelt force limiters: front · Seatbelt pretensioners: front
Seats Driver seat power adjustments: height · Front seat type: bucket · Passenger seat power adjustments: height · Rear headrests: adjustable · Rear seat folding: split · Upholstery: leatherette
Security 2-stage unlocking doors · Engine immobilizer · Power door locks · Rolling code security: rolling code remote
Spare Tire Mount Location: underbody · Size: temporary
Spare Wheel Rim Type: steel
Stability and Traction Hill Descent Control · Stability control · Traction control
Suspension Front Arm Type: lateral links · Front Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: MacPherson struts · Rear Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · 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
Windows Front wipers: rain sensing · Power windows: remote operation · Rear defogger · Rear wiper
ZMA Mobile Assistance PKG $4,100
ZPP Premium PKG $2,800
ZSP Sport PKG $2,300
609 On-Board Navigation System $1,800
LU__ Nevada Leather Seat Trim $1,450
ZAP Sport Activity PKG $1,400
456 16-Way PWR Front Comfort Seats $1,000
ZCW Cold Weather PKG $1,000
2MM 19" Y-Spoke Alloy Wheels (Style 191M) $950
522 Xenon Adaptive Headlights $800
639 BMW Assist $750
508 Front/Rear Park Distance Control $700
677 Premium Sound System $675
-METAL Metallic Paint $550
494 Heated Front Seats $500
261 Rear Side-Impact Airbags $385
653 High-Definition Radio $350
761 Privacy Glass $350
216 Servotronic PWR Steering $250
248 Heated Steering Wheel $150
413 Retractable Cargo Net $150
-MAN 6-Speed Manual Transmission $0
205 6-Speed STEPTRONIC Automatic Transmission $0
4AS Grey Poplar Wood Trim $0
4BP Light Poplar Wood Trim $0
KC__ SENSATEC Leatherette Seat Trim $0
Price $38,000 MSRP
Body Style Crossover
Engine 3.0L 260 hp I6
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
16MPG city
23MPG highway
Drivetrain AWD



Transmission Options

Drivetrain AWD
6-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
16MPG city
23MPG highway
6-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
17MPG city
24MPG 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 260 hp I6
Power 260 hp @ 6,600 RPM
Torque 225 lb-ft @ 2,750 RPM


Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume17.7 gal
Front Legroom40.2 in
Back Legroom35.8 in
Wheelbase110.1 in
Length179.9 in
Width73 in
Height66 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume30 cu ft
Standard Payload1,036 lbs
Maximum Payload1,036 lbs
Standard Towing Capacity3,500 lbs
Maximum Towing Capacity3,500 lbs
The BMW X3 small luxury sport-ute reflects only minor changes for 2008. Sharing "platform DNA" with BMW's compact sport sedans ensures that this all-wheel-drive crossover celebrates its... Read More
The BMW X3 small luxury sport-ute reflects only minor changes for 2008. Sharing "platform DNA" with BMW's compact sport sedans ensures that this all-wheel-drive crossover celebrates its "ultimate driving machine" pedigree.
Motivated by BMW's new aluminum-magnesium composite 3.0-liter inline six, which produces 260 hp, this sport-ute's power exhibits the traditional BMW "silky and linear" characteristics. The low end is powerful, and the upper RPM range is bright and energetic. Although 0-60 times vary among reviewers, BMW gives 6.9 seconds with the manual transmission and 7.1 with the automatic. The X3 is available with either a six-speed manual transmission (unique for a sport-ute) or a six-speed Steptronic automatic at no extra charge. The EPA estimates 16/23 mpg with the manual and 17/24 with the automatic - using premium-grade fuel, of course.
Handling is another area where the X3's BMW DNA shines through. Reviewers hail the sporty, competent handling of the vehicle and its minimal body roll, taut and precise steering, and firm, responsive brakes. There was, however, some criticism of the ride's firmness. Some reviewers complain the ride is a bit harsh, while others enjoy the canyon-carving capabilities the firm suspension provides.
The X3's four-wheel disc brakes are a marvel of BMW engineering. Standard equipment includes Brake Drying, which helps dry the rotors in wet conditions; Start-off Assistance, which automatically holds the X3's brakes on for hill starts with the manual transmission; Brake Fade Compensation, which adjusts for any hint of brake fade; and Brake Standby, which sets the brakes for emergency response.
More superlatives appear with regard to the X3's xDrive four-wheel-drive system. It is considered "one of the best all-weather all-drive systems on the market." Based on a computer-controlled multi-plate clutch setup, the rear-wheel-biased system engages front-wheel drive during acceleration and hard cornering. The system is further tied into the Dynamic Stability Control, which adjusts lateral traction to counter oversteer and understeer.
As usual for BMW, the standard safety equipment list is impressive. The X3 features front-seat side air bags, full-length side curtain airbags, active headrests, the Stability Control System, antilock disc brakes, and the various braking features already mentioned. The Institute for Highway safety rates the X3 "good" - its highest score - for both frontal-offset and side-impact tests.
The X3 cabin emphasizes functionality over luxury, which is to say it's set up for serious driving. That's not to say that the five-passenger interior is stark. Reviewers praise the tasteful wood trim on the instrument panel and center stack, the leatherette-wrapped armrests, and the nearly perfect driving position afforded by the standard eight-way power-adjustable driver's seat with its telescoping steering wheel.
A few reviewers feel the interior materials are not up to the level of the X3's lofty price point. They point out that most class competitors provide leather, rather than vinyl, upholstery as standard. Most reviewers found the cabin's legroom and headroom adequate, although there was some criticism of the firm rear seats as less than comfortable. However, the X3's cargo area, which holds 71 cubic feet when the 60/40 rear seats are folded, won unanimous praise.
The X3 is a BMW-defined sport-ute that combines an intelligent, performance-engineered design with practical cargo-hauling capabilities.