- New M Performance model
- Many available driver assist features
- No diesel or plug-in model yet
- No standard driver assist features
BMW X3 Expert Review
New for 2018
The BMW X3 has been redesigned for 2018 and the lineup now features an M Performance model, the X3 M40i. The available head-up display is 75 percent larger and the standard 10.25-inch touchscreen is available with Gesture Control technology. Active Protection pre-crash accident detection system is standard along with sport seats and three-zone automatic climate control. Aerodynamics were improved with BMW Active Kidney Grille, underbody cladding, a roof spoiler with aero blades, and Air Curtains.
The X3 slots in the middle of BMW's SUV lineup above the entry-level X1 but below the larger X5. The X3 is also positioned before the X4 and X6 SUV coupes. If you'd consider a wagon or hatchback, the BMW 3 Series is offered as a wagon and spacious four-door hatchback.
At first, the 2018 BMW X3 will be offered in two models, but expect more to join the lineup later. The standard X3 xDrive30i is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 that produces 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The quicker and more expensive X3 M40i utilizes a 3.0-liter turbocharged I-6 that cranks out 355 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic backs both engines and all-wheel drive is standard.
The 2018 BMW X3 will come standard with the new iDrive 6.0 system with the iDrive Controller and 10.25-inch touchscreen. ?BMW Gesture Control, which involves making gestures with your hand to control various features (such as adjusting volume or skipping to the next track) is optional. The ParkNow service helps owners find parking spaces and pay for them as well. Additionally, the On-Street Parking Information service also assists in finding parking by using historical and current data to draw conclusions on parking availability. Additional features include a WiFi-hotspot offering LTE connection for up to 10 devices and Apple CarPlay can be used wirelessly. The Luxury package consists of two-tone front and rear bumper trim finishers, SensaTec upholstered dashboard, and a chrome kidney grille. The M Sport Package includes the M Aerodynamic kit, Shadowline exterior trim, 19-inch M wheels, M Sport steering wheel, and M door sills.
Two driving assist packages are available on the new 2018 X3. The regular Driving Assistance package includes Active Blind Spot Protection, lane departure warning, Daytime Pedestrian Protection, Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation, rear cross-traffic alert, and speed limit information. The Driving Assistant Plus package offers the Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Active Lane Keep Assistant with Side Collision Avoidance, Traffic Jam Assistant, Evasion Aid and front and rear cross traffic alert.
What We Think
In Motor Trend's 2015 Big Test of luxury crossovers, the BMW X3 xDrive28i (a last-generation model) came in second out of five contenders. We didn't like some interior materials, the average ride quality, and felt there wasn't enough outside sound reduction. However, the SUV was fun to drive, had good value and decent fuel economy compared to the rest of the pack. We said, "Scary days await the competition if BMW ever decides to sex up its interiors."
Stay tuned to MotorTrend.com -- we'll update this space as soon as we have a chance to drive the 2018 X3.
BMW claims the X3 M40i can hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, which is quick for the segment.