Experts at TheCarConnection.com find that the 2009 BMW X3 definitely looks like a BMW--but it's missing a sense of newness and excitement.
The BMW X3 was given refreshed styling in 2007, but since then, it has seen few styling changes. Motor Trend likes the "freshened visual athleticism" of its current shape. Overall, Edmunds finds the X3 has an "athletic personality." Cars.com thinks the X3 is smaller than the RDX, and dubs it "aging."
Cars.com says the X3 "masks its compact dimensions well." Edmunds says its cabin is "beautifully executed." The reviewer notes that "function takes priority over opulence." Reviewers also like the redesigned gauge cluster and the three-spoke steering wheel.
Conclusion The 2009 BMW X3 is a decent-looking vehicle, but its exterior styling cues no longer match those of BMW's latest cars.