2014 BMW X3 xDrive28i 

  • $40k
  • 2.0L
  • 21 city 28 hwy
7.6 Out of 10
Purists may decry the lack of a manual-transmission option, but we're happy with the standard, buttery smooth 8-speed automatic.
by KBB (May, 2013)
For 2014, the M Sport Package is offered with a wider range of interior-trim choices, and the Cold Weather Package is offered with Premium Package or Nevada Leather seats.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the BMW X3


Will it break the bank?

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Annual cost

Fuel economy

Is it a gas sipper or guzzler?

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Fuelly MPG and EPA highway mileage

Air quality

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Climate friendly

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combined CO2/mile and EPA greenhouse gas score


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Benchmarks Real world tests of the BMW X3

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score The EPA ranks cars based on their climate change impact; 10 is best.

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EPA Smog Score The EPA ranks cars based on their air quality impact; 10 is best.

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Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

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CX-5 Sport

Average MPG of Fuelly Users Owners report actual MPG based on their experience.

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24 MPG
CX-5 Sport
28 MPG

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

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Reviews Word on the street for the BMW X3

Inside, the X5 is elegant but soft, calming, and decluttered-actually blending a driver-centric cockpit feel with the brand's warmer interior look.

New standard features include a universal garage-door opener, auto-dimming side and rearview mirrors, a 40/20/40-split folding rearseat, more storage compartments and BMW's Assist eCall emergency communication system with a 10-year subscription.

For audio buffs, a 16-speaker, 600-watt sound system is available.


8.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


The new TwinPower turbocharged four-cylinder that was introduced last year replaced the normally-aspirated six in the X3 xDrive28i; but it not only offered increased performance but significantly better fuel economy.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)
We've found the system to be a little rough when the engine shuts off; but according to BMW in some gridlock and stop-and-go driving situations the system could result in a three-percent reduction in fuel consumption.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)
The engine restarts the moment you even start to lift pressure off the brake.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)


The 2014 X3 isn't cheap, or even very affordable; even on four-cylinder models, ticking all the option boxes can send the price over the $50k mark.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)
Even the base turbocharged 4-cylinder can propel the vehicle from 0-60 mph in the mid-6-second range.
by KBB (May, 2013)
The 2014 X3 is also fuel-efficient thanks to the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine standard in the xDrive28i model.
by KBB (May, 2013)


The 2014 BMW X3 promises solid occupant safety, but like other high-end German luxury vehicles, it offers some innovative active-safety options.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)
We recommend the sport seats in front for their extendable thigh bolsters and more aggressive side bolstering; they may feel firmer at first but they're better in long-distance support.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)
So if you want the Fineline Wave Wood trim, heated front seats or, yes, just leather instead of "Leatherette" upholstery, you'll have to check options boxes.
by KBB (May, 2013)


Smoothly contoured sheet metal and aggressive creases define the BMW X3's appearance.
by KBB (May, 2013)
EPA for the xDrive28i now land at an impressive 21 mpg city, 28 highway, while the 300-hp xDrive35i earns 19/26-mpg ratings.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)
The 2014 BMW X3 satisfies image-conscious families with its suave styling, its badge, and most importantly its responsive road performance combined with impressive fuel efficiency.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)


Top Safety Pick status and excellent handling are a good starting point, but there are some great active-safety options worth adding.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)
Suspension and steering controls are user-configurable in the X3, but it's better executed than in some other BMW vehicles.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)
We're not huge fans of the base steering system, which builds up cornering feel even during lower-speed turns and lane changes but doesn't unwind with much feel or linearity.
by The Car Connection (May, 2014)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand BMW
Model year 2014
City range 371 miles
Highway range 495 miles
MSRP $40k
Annual cost $10,261

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 2.1 m³
CO2 per car made 0.68 metric ton
Energy per car made 2,440 kWh/vehicle
Waste per car made 6.11 kg

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 2.0L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Cylinders I4
Paddle shifters Optional
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 8-speed Automatic 4x4

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 12 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume No
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Optional
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control Standard
Front A/C N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof Optional, $1,350
Navigation system Optional, $2,150
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard


EPA smog score 6
EPA GHG score 6
Carbon monoxide/mile 1.2 g
Combined CO2/mile 370 g
NMOG/mile 0.01 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.02 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 130 g
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 1
Stops the engine instead of idling Yes
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 56 tons

power & handling

Max torque 260 ft-lb @ 1,250 RPM
Max HP 240 HP @ 5,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 16.95 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 39 feet

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Multi link
Front brakes 12.91 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 12.99 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 245 mm
Front wheel diameter 18 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 50

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
  1. Driver
  2. Passenger
  3. Side
  4. Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 74.1 in
Front track width 62.8 in
Height 65.4 in
Ground clearance 8.3 in
Length 183 in
Wheelbase 110.6 in
Curb weight 4,068 lb
GVWR 5,137 pounds
Tow weight 3,500 pounds
Has a rear spoiler Yes
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 54 ft³
Rear seat room 47 ft³
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