The third-generation BMW X3 doesn't look much different from its predecessor, but the premium crossover packs lots of new technology, including an optional digital instrument panel. Early adopters looking for the latest luxury CUV on the road can build one now on BMW's configurator. The base 2018 X3 xDrive30i goes for $43,445 (after $995 destination), but ticking every option box for the $54,300 X3 M40i makes the cost balloon to $70,120 after destination.
The M40i comes standard with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six with 355 hp and 369 lb-ft and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It comes standard with M Sport components for the exhaust, suspension, and brakes. Buyers also get full LED headlights, a panoramic moonroof, automatic 3-zone climate control, and 14-way power front seats.
Customers can get the X3 in six colors. Only Alpine White is a no-cost choice. Carbon Black Metallic, Black Sapphire Metallic, Glacier Silver Metallic, Dark Graphite Metallic, and Phytonic Blue Metallic add $550 to the price.
Buyers can also dress up the exterior with one of the optional sets of wheels to replace the stock 19-inch units. A set of two-tone 20-inch double-spoke wheels go for $950, or there are 21-inch double-spoke pieces in Cerium Gray for $1,900.
The sole performance option is the $700 Adaptive M Suspension that adds electronically adjustable dampers that lower the ride height by 0.4 inches.
Inside, the standard upholstery choices are a fully black leatherette cabin or a mix of Canberra Beige and black. Beige, black, Mocha, Oyster, or Cognac leather add $1,700 to the X3’s cost. Plus, there are five available trims, which are all no-cost choices: Dark Oak Wood, bright Aluminum Rhombicle, Aluminum, Fineline Cove Matte Finish Wood, and Gray Poplar Wood.
So far, none of these costs seem too bad, but the price really begins to add up when buyers start adding option packs. The most expensive of the bunch is the Premium Package for $2,950, plus $350 more for front and rear heated seats, and it includes navigation with real-time traffic, head-up display, and heated steering wheel.
Paying $2,550 more gets the high-tech Executive Package. It adds a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and gesture control for the iDrive system, including the ability to accept calls and adjust the stereo volume with a wave of the hand. Extra safety equipment includes park distance control, parallel parking assist, and surround view cameras.
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Even more safety tech comes with the $900 Driving Assistance Package and $1,700 Driving Assistance Plus. The former includes Active Blind Spot Detection and Lane Departure Warning. The latter adds Active Cruise Control that can bring the vehicle to a complete stop; plus lane departure warning, Frontal Collision Warning, City Collision Mitigation, and Pedestrian Protection.
BMW also offers a handful of individual options outside of the packages, including a $550 trailer hitch, $250 manual shade for the second-row side windows, and $500 for a combination of wireless device charging and an on-board Wifi hotspot. A 16-speaker Harman Kardon stereo is $875, and Apple CarPlay is $300. A space-saver spare tire is $150. Finally, BMW’s Ultimate Care+ covers the replacement of wear items during service for $600.
Motor1 hasn’t had an opportunity to drive the new X3 yet, but Senior Editor Jake Holmes got a chance to ride in one. He noted the aggressive noise as the engine “crackles and burbles on overrun, because engineers specifically tuned the inline-six to misfire one cylinder and make those sounds.”