2019 X3 New Car Test Drive
After a modest redesign last year, the 2019 BMW X3 luxury crossover SUV gets a new edition, the rear-wheel-drive sDrive 30i. It comes standard with automatic emergency braking, also added to the other two models, the all-wheel-drive xDrive 30i and M40i.
The 30i models use a 248-horsepower turbo-4, while the xDrive M40i uses a turbo-6 making 335 horsepower. Both engines are responsive and fun, mated to an excellent 8-speed automatic transmission.
The ride is as good as the powertrain, and the handling is quite agile, and not just for a crossover SUV.
The 2019 X3 is tall like most crossovers, with a lot of glass and a more expressive rear end. The bright and airy cabin is well appointed, and has a high level of technology.
The X3 seats five, but is more comfortable for four, with plenty of cargo room. Sport seats with good bolstering are standard, in the front.
The X3 sDrive 30i is EPA-rated at 23 mpg city, 30 highway, 26 combined, only 1 mpg more than the xDrive 30i. With its turbo-6, the M40i is EPA-rated at 20/27/23 mpg.
The IIHS has rated the X3 a Top Safety Pick+. All models have automatic emergency braking. Optional safety equipment includes blind-spot monitors and lane-departure warnings, after which another package can be added for another $1,700, including adaptive cruise control and active lane control..
Starting at around $42,000, the new X3 sDrive 30i comes standard with automatic emergency braking, 18-inch wheels, a power liftgate, power front seats, synthetic leather upholstery, parking sensors, Bluetooth connectivity, USB charging ports, and a 6.5-inch display for infotainment. The xDrive all-wheel drive 30i is $2,000 more.
The M40i gains leather upholstery, Harman Kardon premium audio, 20-inch wheels, wireless smartphone charging, adaptive suspension, a 10.3-inch touchscreen for infotainment, blind-spot monitors, and active lane control.
An M Sport package adds 19-inch wheels (or 20s for an additional $950), a sport-tuned suspension (with adaptive dampers for another $1,000), a panoramic roof, a soft-touch dash, aluminum interior or matte wood trim, LED headlights, satellite radio, gray exterior trim and aero add-ons, a sport steering wheel, and keyless entry..