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Overview (Final Score: B+)
The 2017is a compact luxury crossover that somehow stands out in a sea of competition. This segment is one of the fastest-growing in the US and the X3, despite having some age compared to its rivals, continues to set benchmarks that others strive to achieve.
The 2017 X3 is marked with a luxurious design, excellent and sporty handling, smart engine choices, and a thoroughly lovable nature. For 2017 a few changes were made to the popular crossover, starting with an update to the latest iDrive interface for infotainment, some option shuffling, and standardization of amenities in many trims and packages.
Now seven years old in this generation, the 2017 BMW X3 remains spacious, fun to drive and practical, while keeping that signature BMW driver-centric appeal. As it’s always been, the only Achilles heel for the X3 is in its price tag versus some competitors. Though an overview of the vehicle shows that the bang for the buck is definitely there, if your priorities are in line with the X3’s offerings.
The 2017 BMW X3 is a five-passenger compact luxury SUV that comes in four trim levels, each with a different powertrain setup. Both front-wheel (sDrive) and all-wheel (xDrive) drive are available.
What We Love About the 2017 BMW X3:
- Very roomy for the class with lots of interior space
- Strong drive dynamic that doesn’t mean bad fuel economy
- Excellent safety and reliability expectation
What We Don’t Love About the 2017 BMW X3:
- Technology offering can be a bit dated with the base option
- Some concern for the steering system recall issued
- Redesign for 2018 model year could make 2017 model dated
Pricing and Value (9/10)
The 2017 X3 is expensive compared to similarly equipped rivals, but many will likely find the extra cost worth it once the drive dynamic, fuel economy and family friendliness of the X3 is tallied into the mix. With the 2018 model coming as a full redesign for the X3, expect prices for the 2017 model year to drop significantly as dealers clear their lots.
Resale on the BMW X3 is about average for the segment, which means steep losses in the first couple of years from purchase and then a retention of value thereafter. We recommend looking into the middle-tier models with a couple of package add-ons, depending on your preference, to boost value over and above the base model and its FWD platform. The xDrive28i with some technology upgrades or the diesel option are good buys with decent resale retention.
Total Score and Competitive Comparison (71/80, 89%)
Most of the competition in the luxury compact crossover arena are newer in design than the BMW X3. Yet that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily better.
The most impressive of the competition is the Jaguar F-PACE, which brings similar fuel economy and drive dynamic to the table. The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class brings solid German competition, but isn’t as refined as the X3 is on the road. Similarly, theis sportier and more fun to drive, but not as family friendly or frugal. The stiffest competition comes from the well-priced and nicely executed , and the very family conscious .
Against the competition, the 2017 BMW X3 is still an excellent choice with plenty to offer and just a few downsides. This five-passenger crossover is roomy, well mannered and fun to drive. Luxury is not lost in the process, making it a favorite in the luxury compact crossover segment.
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