Advertisement
Go
2009 BMW X3 Photo
7.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

?
Reviewed by Trevor Wild
Author, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$36,525
BASE MSRP
$39,700
Quick Take
The 2009 BMW X3 is a more rugged alternative to a sport wagon—but it’s not nearly as much fun to drive. Read more »
Decision Guide
Opinions from around the Web
Styling
Performance
Quality
Safety
Features

dark ash wood trim is now standard

MyRide.com »

the styling clearly says BMW

Edmunds »

freshened visual athleticism

Motor Trend »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$39,700 $39,700
AWD 4-Door xDrive30i
Gas Mileage 16 mpg City/23 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas I6, 3.0L
EPA Class 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 5
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style Sport Utility
See Detailed Specs »
7.8 out of 10
Browse BMW X3 inventory in your area.

SEE LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS
Sign Up

Save this car now, and view it in your Showroom!

Save to My Showroom

The Basics:

TheCarConnection.com has combed the Web for the most insightful input from a range of reviewers. In addition, you’ll find TheCarConnection.com’s Bottom Line assessment here, assembled by editors who have driven the X3 firsthand.

The 2009 BMW X3 is a compact crossover vehicle built in South Carolina, and it takes on the likes of the Acura RDX and the Land Rover LR2 as BMW's entry-level off-roader. The 2009 X3 is a four-door with a wagon back, a taller ride height, and all-wheel drive.

When the BMW X3 originally went on sale in 2004, it had a harsh ride and wasn’t as refined as BMW’s cars; also, it simply didn't live up to the standards of quality we’d come to associate with the German automaker. Today, however, the 2009 BMW X3 far outperforms that original effort, but it’s not completely well conceived.

The X3 is powered by a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine producing 260 horsepower; a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive are standard equipment, while a six-speed Steptronic automatic is available as a no-cost option. The X3 has strong acceleration and is very responsive with either gearbox, but it doesn’t provide the sharp steering and balanced handling expected from BMW’s cars. Handling and ride are still biased toward the SUV end of the spectrum, though the harsh, jittery ride has been toned down.

The interior of the BMW X3 is tight. Front-seat occupants get comfortable, supportive seats and plenty of space, but adults in the backseat will likely find their knees mashed up. The interior now offers adequate storage spaces for smaller items, and interior styling is somewhat like that in BMW's own 3-Series cars, with a bit of wood trim on the panels.

Second-row, side impact airbags are available optionally. NHTSA has not yet tested the new BMW X3, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives it "good" ratings for front and side impact protection and calls it a Top Safety Pick. Front side and side-curtain airbags are standard, along with electronic stability control.

Nifty features include a panorama-style roof, heated front and second-row seats, available heated steering wheel (cold weather package), park assist, and Bluetooth wireless technology.

Likes:

  • Strong acceleration
  • Interior styling
  • Available manual transmission
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Panoramic sunroof

Dislikes:

  • Tight backseat
  • Choppy styling outside
  • Doesn’t handle like BMW’s cars
Next: Interior / Exterior »
Advertisement
Advertisement
Other Choices Read More
8.2
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.4
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.8
/ 10
TCC Rating
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
Used Cars
Go!
Try My Showroom
Save cars, write notes, and comparison shop with hi-res photos.
Add your first car
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area
Advertisement

 
© 2014 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.