- Body Type: SUV
- Drive: RWD
- 36 Months
- Torque: 260 ft-lbs.
- Year: 2016
- Engine Size: 2.0L
- Transmission: Automatic
- Fuel Type: Gas
- Cylinders: 4
- Horsepower: 240 hp
- EPA Mileage (CTY/HWY): 21/28 mpg
2016 BMW X3 Overview
The 2016 BMW X3 is a leading light among compact luxury crossover SUVs. That’s pretty remarkable for a vehicle in its sixth year of production, but the X3 pulls it off seemingly without breaking a sweat. Indeed, it’s such a challenge to find fault with this crossover that our only “Con” is its relatively high price. It kind of makes sense, after all, that you’d have to pay a little more for a nearly flawless product.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2016 BMW X3 crossover SUV is available in four trim levels: sDrive28i, xDrive28i, xDrive28d and xDrive35i. The sDrive28i model comes standard with the gasoline-powered four-cylinder engine, 18-inch wheels, roof rails, rear privacy glass, automatic headlights, LED foglamps, automatic wipers, a power liftgate, auto-dimming mirrors (with exterior power-folding functionality), cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, eight-way power front seats with driver memory functions, ambient interior lighting, “SensaTec” premium vinyl upholstery, a 40/20/40 split-folding rear seat, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, the iDrive electronics interface with a touchpad controller and a nine-speaker sound system with a CD player, HD radio, a USB port and an auxiliary audio input.
2016 BMW X3 Driving Impression/Review
Don’t be fooled by the modest 240-hp rating of the 28i models; acceleration is quite brisk, and unlike many turbocharged engines, this one doesn’t run out of breath at higher rpm. The xDrive28d is about a second slower to 60 mph, but its slightly better torque rating makes it feel nearly as strong in most cases, and its fuel economy is off the charts for a luxury crossover. If you don’t mind paying extra for the xDrive35i, you’ll be rewarded with thrilling acceleration and fuel economy that isn’t far off the 28i models’ pace.
The auto stop-start function that comes with all X3 models does optimize fuel economy ratings, but it can be an annoyance in heavy traffic, as the engine doesn’t restart as quickly or smoothly as we’d like when transitioning between the brake pedal and the gas. Fortunately, you can manually disable this feature.