2012 BMW X3

The 2012 BMW X3 is a vehicle that a variety of drivers can appreciate. BMW is a well-known brand because of the quality cars they make. Not only are they luxurious, they also last a long time.

The X3 offers a unique driving experience with a variety of different options that are available. Even the standard model comes with a lot of features that most other manufacturers don’t offer.


General Info
Vehicle Type: SUV Base Price: $38,500.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.7 gallons (67L) MPG: 21 city / 28 hwy
Length: 183 in. (464.8 cm) Wheel Base: 110.5 in. (280.6 cm)
Height: 65.4 in. (166.1 cm) Width: 74.1 in. (188.2 cm)
Curb Weight: 4112 lbs (1865 kg) Ground Clearance: 8.3 in. (21 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 27.6 cu ft Maximum Seating: 5 people
Engine: 3.0L Inline6 DOHC Compression Ratio: 10.0: 1
Horsepower: 240 HP Max RPM: 5000 RPM
Torque: 260 lb-ft @ 1250-4800 rpm Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic
0-60 mph: 6.6 seconds 1/4 Mile: NA
Max Towing Capacity: 3000 lbs (1360 kgs) Maximum Speed: 130 mph (209 km/h)
Available Trims & Engine
Option:xDrive35i MSRP: $42,700; MPG: 19 city / 26 hwy


There are two engines this model comes in. One has a 3.0L six-cylinder engine with 240 horsepower. The other is a 3.0L turbocharged 6-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower. There is an auto start-stop function as well as high precision direct injection. The 8-speed step-tronic automatic transmission also has sport and manual shift modes for the driver to choose how they want to drive.


xDrive on this BMW offers an all-wheel-drive system for easy driving on all terrains. There is brake energy regeneration as well as front and rear anti-roll bars. The 4-wheel ventilated anti-lock disc brakes come standard with dynamic brake control for added safety while driving.

There is also sensitive power steering for total control. The dynamic stability control helps keep brakes in good shape when stopping on all types of surfaces. This vehicle gets 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.


The V Spoke alloy wheels come with all-season tires. The door handles match the body color of the vehicle for a clean look. The tailpipe comes in a chrome finish for added style and there is privacy glass added as well. The halogen free-form fog lights offer increased visibility even when it’s difficult to see.


The two seats in the front are power-adjustable and have manual-adjustable headrests. There is a silver matte trim for added style and a front center console that acts as a comfortable armrest. The leatherette upholstery feels nice and there is a black high-gloss instrument panel to match the rest of the interior.

There is an iPod interface along with HD radio and Bluetooth setup. This allows drivers to listen to all audio options they would like. The rear seats fold down for added space when bringing home oversized items. The cargo also has a wide opening to make transporting different items much easier.

Safety & Reliability

The BMW X3 was an IIHS Top Safety Pick with how well it did in strength tests. There are four-wheel anti-lock brakes as well as airbags all over the cabin. The crash sensor inside the vehicle disconnects the starter and unlocks doors for passengers to get out quickly and efficiently.


  • Enough space for someone who is tall.
  • Easy handling without any jerking around.
  • Very responsive 8-speed transmission.
  • Rust damage is provided with the limited warranty.


  • No manual transmission option.
  • Leather seats are optional, they do not come standard.
  • Rear seat headroom isn’t as large as it was in the past.

This is a vehicle that appeals to drivers that are younger and older. It does come with a large price tag, which is something that can push away some buyers. The overall reviews for the X3 are positive from buyers and professionals.


The Infiniti EX35 (MSRP $39,500; 17 city / 24 hwy) and the Acura RDX (MSRP $34,895; 17 city / 22 hwy) are other crossover SUVs that the X3 can be compared with.

Overall Rating
78 out of 100

What others say:

“The upsizing means the X3 is no longer middling in terms of size. The firm, properly angled front seats are surrounded by copious head and leg room. Second-row passengers have even more space–it’s where the added length is most noticeable, and where the X3 takes the lead over vehicles like the Q5 and GLK Class.”Car Connection

“X3 handles well for an SUV, but it doesn’t quite match the sharp response of BMW’s cars. Steering feedback is good, but some testers complain of some numbness when moving the wheel slightly off-center. Body lean is well controlled in fast turns, and the brakes have excellent pedal feel.”Consumer Guide

“If you enjoy the connectivity supplied by BMW’s platform team, but need, in your daily commute or weekend driving, a measure of utility, the 2012 BMW X3 SUV appropriately fills the bill.”KBB

“Potent turbocharged engine; high-quality cabin; crisp handling; comfortable rear seat…Priced higher than many competitors.”Edmunds