2014 BMW X3 vs. Its Competition

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

BMW has quite the concentration of vehicles in the X3's size range, each blending different amounts of performance and utility in a relatively compact footprint.

Besides the X3, which was BMW's most carlike crossover yet, there's also now the X1, which is essentially a tall hatchback based on the BMW 1-Series, and a size smaller.

Then there's the BMW 3-Series Sports Wagon--the pick for driving enjoyment--but the X3 is the pick for those who need good passenger space and a little more versatility.

The Audi Q5's cabin wows, but a stiff ride upsets its pleasant demeanor.

The Benz GLK is a great choice for steering and ride, and for acceleration, but its cargo space is smaller than the X3's.

The Acura RDX was completely new this past year, and its new V-6 powertrain and more conventional design aims right at the luxury mainstream.

With a lower sticker price, the Volvo XC60 is rated tops for safety and has decent on-road handling, space, and fit and finish.

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Quick Specs
The 2014 BMW X3 is one of the sportiest-driving yet most fuel-efficient compact crossovers; and especially if you're not budget-limited you'll almost certainly be happy with its useful technology options and finely detailed cabin.
The 2014 Acura RDX offers a relatively sporty look and driving feel, as well as a quiet, comfortable interior and top-notch safety; but features or flair it's no standout.
The 2014 Audi Q5 gets quite serious about fuel economy with TDI power; it's still one of the most elegant, truly carlike luxury crossover SUVs.
The 2014 BMW X1 has plenty of style and enthusiasm, although it's a little short on some of the versatility and utility you might expect.
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLK has car-like road manners, despite its rugged-looking exterior. Following 2013's engines updates, it's now more fuel-efficient, too.
The 2014 Volvo XC60 keeps in sync with Volvo's reputation for safe, luxurious wagons–just in a taller crossover package.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-6
EPA Class     
Small SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDLarge CarsSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
AWD 4-Door xDrive28iFWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 2.0T PremiumRWD 4-Door sDrive28iRWD 4-Door GLK 350FWD 4-Door 3.2L
All Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sports Activity VehicleSport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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