An Deeper Look At The New 2018 BMW X3As a staunch BMW supporter, it is not easy for me to admit that the recent batch of BMWs have fallen short of expectations. This, however, doesn’t seem to be the case with the new BMW X3’s. The German automobile manufacturer has put in considerable effort to give us all that we’ve been asking for in the form of the all-new X3 crossover. The car delivers on performance and luxurious tendencies that we all love from BMWs.

The standard BMW xDrive30i model is equipped with a four-cylinder engine that is turbocharged for optimum speed performance. The car also offers all-wheel drive and a pretty spacious and comfortable cabin. For speed seekers, X3 M40i comes equipped with BMW’s turbocharged inline-six engine. Technologically speaking, BMW equipped this vehicle with a modernized iDrive infotainment system which is complemented by a host of helpful and safety features that make the X3 a must have for any serious driver.

HIGHS

  • Premium cabin materials.
  • Nimble handling.
  • Fuel efficient.

LOWS

  • Poor braking performance.
  • Small exterior mirrors.

What’s New for 2018?

BMW’s approached the 2018 model as a completely new car. The car is different from its predecessors as it offers better handling and performance. The mechanics and technological features of the car are similar to what we are accustomed to in the more powerful and expensive BMW lines. The combination of all these features makes the BMW X3 a must have for any BMW fan.

Additional features

The X3 M40i turbocharged inline-six engine produces an astounding 355 hp while the X3 xDrive30i produces a mere 285 hp. Surprisingly the latter will appeal to most drivers as it offers a better value for money and its stylish demeanour is sure to turn heads as you drive around town. You can opt to include the optional midrange Luxury Design trim or go for the more exclusive and pricey premium package. This package offers:

  • A navigation panel that offers real-time traffic updates
    • A 10.3-inch control panel that acts as an entertainment control centre
    • Heated front seats

BMW offers all-wheel drive as a standard option although there are rumours that a rear-wheel-drive variant will be included in the 2019 model).

You could also opt to equip your X3 with adaptive suspension known as the dynamic damper control that adds three additional driving modes to the X3.

Specs

General

  • all wheel drive
  • automatic transmission

Exterior

  • rear defrost and privacy glass
  • power windows
  • sun/moon roof (optional)
  • rear spoiler
  • compact spare tire (optional)
  • tire pressure monitoring system

interior

  • Camera (rear parking aid)
  • Vehicle anti-theft system
  • Fog lamps
  • Auto-off headlights
  • keyless start
  • Adjustable steering wheel
  • Trip computer
  • dimensions
  • passenger capacity: 5

Entertainment

  • Am/FM stereo
  • Auxiliary audio input
  • Cd player
  • An onboard hands-free communications system
  • Wireless cell phone hookup

Mechanical

  • All-wheel drive
  • 4 cylinder engine
  • 248 to 258 BHP
  • transmission: automatic w/od
  • 8-speed automatic

Safety

  • Airbags
  • Brake assist
  • Electronic stability control
  • Child safety locks
  • Traction control

Whatever your choices are, no one can dispute the sheer quality BMW put into this vehicle. We can’t wait to see what they’ll fit into the 2019 model.