2016 BMW X3 vs. Its Competition

2016 BMW X3
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2016 BMW X3 birthed a new variant, the X4, this past year; and with the 3-Series GT as well, BMW now has several nearly like-sized models, each with a slightly different balance of performance and utility.

Among all of those, the X3 has the most height and versatility, and it's the more conventional entry that tackles a host of rivals from all the major luxury brands.

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

The Acura RDX goes in a different direction, with a V-6 powertrain and more conventional design aiming right at the luxury mainstream.

The Volvo XC60 is rated tops for safety and has decent on-road handling, space, and fit and finish.

And the new BMW X1, with its redesign on a new, front-wheel-drive platform for 2016, promises more comfort, utility, and space than before, closing the gap with the larger X3.

2016 BMW X32016 BMW X3
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2016 Acura RDX2016 Acura RDX
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2015 Audi Q52016 Audi Q5
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2016 BMW X12016 BMW X1
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2014 Volvo XC602016 Volvo XC60
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2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class 4MATIC 4-door GLK350 Side Exterior View2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK Class
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Quick Specs
8.2
The stylish 2016 BMW X3 skips the ruggedness thing entirely and instead succeeds in being one of the sportiest and tech-loaded yet fuel-efficient compact crossovers.
7.8
The 2016 Acura RDX is a smooth and responsive crossover SUV; it’s easy to live with, as long as the back seat fits your passengers.
8.4
The 2016 Audi Q5 offers one of the greatest range of powertrain choices in its class, ensuring that almost anyone can find a version of this handsome small crossover to fit their tastes.
7.8
The 2016 BMW X1 is heavy on sport and light on utility -- a combination that's likely to please a number of buyers.
8.8
The 2016 Volvo XC60 remains a luxury-SUV contender, though a plethora of powertrains and options can take the $36,000 base price well over $50,000.
8.0
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLK offers two great engine options in a baby-SUV shell, but with the comfort and dynamics of a crossover.
MSRP From     
$38,950$35,370$40,900$34,800$36,600$37,900
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 4WDLarge CarsSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
RWD 4-Door sDrive28iFWD 4-Doorquattro 4-Door 2.0T PremiumAWD 4-Door xDrive28iFWD 4-Door T5 Drive-ERWD 4-Door GLK 350
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sports Activity VehicleSport Utilityquattro Sport UtilitySports Activity VehicleSport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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