2004 BMW X3 Review
That famous grille applied to a smaller SUV.
The BMW X3 is hard to beat for people who want BMW's heritage look, powertrain and packaging, but desire the flexibility a sport-utility vehicle offers, or vice versa.
The xDrive, Dynamic Stability Control and Hill Descent Control combine to offer excellent handling, grip, traction, stability in adverse conditions: on gravel roads, muddy two-tracks and snow-covered backroads.
Overall fit is up to the marque's standards. The interior finish is disappointing, however. Leaving the options boxes unchecked yields an affordable and capable SUV that requires no apology, and judicious checking lets even a cost-conscious shopper have the desired luxuries.
Model Line Overview
|Model Lineup:||BMW X3 2.5i ($30,300); X3 3.0i ($36,300)|
|Engines:||3.0-liter dohc 24-valve inline-6|
|Transmissions:||5-speed Steptronic automatic|
|Safety Equipment (standard):||dual front airbags with dual-threshold, two-stage deployment; front seat side-impact airbags; height-adjustable front safety belts with automatic pre-tensioners and force limiters; three child-seat tether anchors in rear seat area; automatic locking retractors on all safety belts; head protection curtain for front and rear seat occupants; dynamic stability control system, including ABS, EBD, Brake Assist|
|Safety Equipment (optional):||rear door-mounted side-impact airbags; BMW Assist, including automatic collision notification and SOS call function|
|Basic Warranty:||4 years/50,000 miles|
|Assembled In:||Graz, Austria|
Specifications As Tested
|Model Tested (MSRP):||BMW X3 3.0i ($36,300)|
|Standard Equipment:||cruise control; automatic, micro-filter climate control; remote locking with key memory; 6-way power front seats with settings and outside mirror memory; power windows (front: up and down), outside mirrors and central locking; 3-stage heated front seats; 4-function onboard computer; vinyl upholstery; leather-wrapped, tilt-and-telescope steering wheel with redundant cruise and audio controls; wood trim; AM/FM/CD audio system with RDS, 8 speakers and 2 subwoofers; rear seat and cargo area accessory power outlets; front and rear reading lights; glove box-stored, rechargeable flashlight; rain-sensing windshield wipers; automatic headlight control; Halogen headlights; front foglights; rear air diffuser|
|Options As Tested (MSRP):||Premium Package ($3300) includes 2-way, dual-panel, power moonroof, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 4-way power lumbar, leather upholstery and BMW Assist; 5-speed Steptronic automatic transmission ($1275); Servotronic steering ($250); Xenon headlights with auto-leveling ($800); rear door-mounted, side-impact airbags ($385); power folding outside mirrors ($250); on-board navigation system ($1800); Park Distance Control, front and rear ($700)|
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|Price as tested (MSRP)||45755|
|Horsepower (hp @ rpm):||225 @ 5900|
|Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):||214 @ 3500|
|Transmission:||5-speed Steptronic automatic|
|EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:||16/23|
|Head/hip/leg room, f:||39.3/N/A/40.2|
|Head/hip/leg room, m:|
|Head/hip/leg room, r:||39.4/N/A/35.8|
|Suspension, f:||independent, strut, coil springs, twin-tube gas-pressurized shocks, stabilizer bar|
|Suspension, r:||independent, multi-link, coil springs, twin-tube gas-pressurized shocks, stabilizer bar|
|Brakes, f/r:||disc/disc with ABS, EBD and Brake Assist|
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