2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i – Review

2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i is a versatile SAV or Sports Activity Vehicle that blends all road capability and utility with athletics, it is a beast, in simple words and will always offer you more power than you need. And the new base engine being offered in 2013 X3 is no slouch, by any means. The 300-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder X3 offers more power than you will ever need. This is an exceptional vehicle with an inimitable style including heated steering wheel, power seats and automatic dimming door mirrors. All wheel drive will keep the traction well maintained at all four corners. X3 is definitely sure-footed and manages to offer excellent handling minus the loud ride that is seen in its larger sibling. Get convenience, comfort and luxury along with a familiar handling prowess in there. X3 is not a hybrid, but makes use of a unique technology to help charge the battery.

Take a look at a brief but comprehensive 2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i review.

Exterior and Interiors

2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i - Exterior

You will find both interiors and exteriors in 2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i improved, while focusing on driver ergonomics.  Those aluminum roof rails and light alloy wheels, door mirrors in body color, resting on a wheelbase: 2,809 mm make for good exterior body with and good rear cargo space.  There are aluminum and matte titanium touches on the exteriors. Inside you will find automatic climate control, heated front seats, Remote keyless entry, Power moonroof, Rear door bins, Air conditioning, Driver vanity mirror, Telescoping steering wheel, and much more. Entertainment features include Wireless phone connectivity, LCD monitors, DVD-Audio, CD player, MP3 decoder etc.

2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i - Interior

Engine and Performance

2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i gets its power from a direct-injected 2.0-liter inline-4 that coughs up 260 pound-feet of torque and 240 hp.  As the aim is efficiency, you can expect 28 mpg highway/21 city. The torque is plenty but the launch is fairly slow. Nevertheless, there are plenty of gears that make for smooth/rapid upshifts and keep engine on the boil. Braking is tightly grouped and the pedal remains firm throughout. Steering is precise but a little vague. The great performance that you find in the new engine is due to pioneering features of the engine. The twin balancer shafts located at different heights result in maximum vibration absorption. Take full advantage of the strong low-end torque but without sacrificing on the smoothness of the ride. All these factors explain why the new engine in 2013 BMW X3 offers better refinement, lower noise and vibration as compared to its predecessors.

2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i - Transmission

Safety Features

The standard safety features in 2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i include Rearview Camera, Park Distance Control, , Lane Departure Warning, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, e seat mounted airbags and airbag occupancy sensor. You will fond Traction control, Perimeter/approach lights, Anti-whiplash, Ignition disable, Electronic stability, Panic alarm adding to the safety.

2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i - Safety Features


  • Reasonably efficient engines
  • High-quality cabin
  • Generous room for passengers and cargo
  • Crisp handling and comfortable seats


  • Priced higher than most rivals

2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i - Rear

Wrapping up 2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i review, this is an excellent model but a pricey choice, especially for drivers looking for sport sedan vibrance in a crossover SUV. The buyers are looking for a utility vehicle that is not too big or too small and offers a perfectly-sized solution for their comfort and cargo needs. For these buyers, 2013 BMW X3 xDrive35i offers the right solution. When it comes to performance and horsepower, X3 fares especially well. Those dynamics technologies boost the mileage to26 mpg on the highway and19 mpg in the city. The starting price is well under $40,000 but higher as compared to its rivals.

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Published on: February 3, 2013

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