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8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 10.0
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2014 BMW X3 Review

The 2014 BMW X3 offers a balance of performance and luxury. It has powerful standard and available engines, crisp handling, and a top-notch passenger cabin.

Pros & Cons

  • Agile, composed handling
  • Good cargo space
  • Roomy cabin
  • Less standard features than some rivals

2014 BMW X3 Overview

Is the 2014 BMW X3 a Good Used SUV?

The 2014 BMW X3 has a decent list of standard technologies, good crash test ratings, and spacious passenger and cargo areas. Factor in above-average reliability, and it’s a very good luxury compact SUV.

The base 2014 X3 has a 240-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The X3’s upper trim has a 300-horsepower, turbocharged six-cylinder engine. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. The four-cylinder gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is good for the class. The six-cylinder model gets 19 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway. Both engines require premium fuel. Standard all-wheel drive contributes to the X3’s sporty handling. The steering gives good road feedback, and the brakes are firm.

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Top-notch materials, like wood and metal trim, fill the 2014 BMW X3’s interior. It seats five and features comfortable, spacious power-adjustable front seats. Back-seat passengers also have good legroom. The rear outboard seats have full sets of LATCH child-seat anchors and tethers, and the middle seat has a tether anchor.

The 2014 X3’s list of standard technology features includes BMW's iDrive infotainment system, Bluetooth, a 12-speaker stereo, HD Radio, and a USB port. Upgrade above the base trim, and you’ll find models with available features like navigation and a 16-speaker audio system. The X3's climate and stereo controls are intuitive and easy to use.

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Used 2014 BMW X3 Prices

A used 2014 X3 xDrive28i costs around $27,000, while the xDrive35i model costs about $30,000. Pricing can fluctuate based on the vehicle's condition, mileage, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 BMW X3?

J.D. Power and Associates gave the X3 a reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. That’s an above-average score, but it’s matched or bettered by three competitors in the luxury compact SUV segment. The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class scores a perfect five.

How Safe Is the X3?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 BMW X3 a score of Good, the highest possible, in each crash test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not evaluate the BMW X3.

Standard X3 safety features include electronic stability control and traction control. Available features include a rearview camera, lane departure warning, dynamic cruise control, and hill descent control.

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Should I Consider Another Used X3?

The 2014 BMW X3 is part of the SUV’s second generation, which launched in 2011 and includes the 2017 model year. Vehicles in the same generation share similar dimensions, performance, and features. You can save some money and get roughly the same SUV if you choose a 2013 X3. Select a base 2012 model, and you’ll get a V6 engine instead of the turbo four that was introduced in 2013.

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Which Used 2014 BMW X3 Is Right for Me?

The 2014 BMW X3 has two trims: the base xDrive28i trim and the upper xDrive35i trim. The xDrive28i has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the xDrive35i has a turbo six-cylinder. Go with the base xDrive28i model; its engine is plenty powerful for most driving conditions, its features list is almost identical to that of the higher trim, and you’ll keep some cash in your wallet.

You might also consider a certified pre-owned X3. The BMW CPO program has three levels based on the vehicle’s age and the number of miles on the odometer: Certified Pre-Owned Elite, Certified Pre-Owned, and Pre-Owned. Each level receives the balance of the original new-car warranty. Certified Pre-Owned Elite vehicles get an additional one-year/25,000-mile warranty, while Certified Pre-Owned models receive an additional two-year/50,000-mile warranty. Pre-Owned BMWs receive no additional coverage. Each BMW undergoes an inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the BMW warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 34 Pieces of Data Analyzed

Our used car rankings and reviews aren’t based on our own tests and opinions. For this overview, we collected 34 pieces of data on the X3, including safety and reliability scores, fuel economy numbers, total cost of ownership, and the views of the automotive press. We then analyzed this information to help you make the best buying decision.

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2014 BMW X3 and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW X3 or 2014 Acura RDX?

Driving dynamics or a feature-rich cabin – that’s the choice you’ll have to make between the BMW X3 and the 2014 Acura RDX. The X3 offers the more exciting driving experience, though you’ll get a bit more horsepower with the RDX. Both have nice interior materials, comfortable seating, and roomy rear cargo areas. The RDX, however, has more standard features, including a rearview camera, satellite radio, and leather seats. It also tends to be priced considerably lower than the X3. The RDX simply offers more for less.

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW X3 or 2014 Audi Q5?

The base 2014 Audi Q5 has a more comfortable interior and better cabin materials than the 2014 BMW X3. The Q5 also offers more front and rear legroom. The X3, however, has a larger cargo hold. Both have sporty driving dynamics, but the BMW has a more powerful base engine. Need a powerful cargo hauler? The X3 is the better choice. Seeking comfort? The Audi Q5 makes more sense – and has a lower average price.

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW X3 or 2014 BMW X5?

The 2014 BMW X5 is a luxury midsize SUV, so it’s bigger than the X3. That doesn’t make it better, however. Both have upscale interiors and comparable front and rear head- and legroom. When carrying a full complement of passengers, the X3 has more cargo room behind the second row. Drop the second row, and the X5 offers a bit more cargo capacity. A stronger engine moves along the heavier X5, but the smaller X3 provides better handling. The X3 also costs much less. Overall, unless you need the X5’s additional cargo room, the X3 is the better buy.

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