2017 BMW X3 vs. Its Competition

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Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class and Audi Q5 are the most natural competitors to the X3 and both have their advantages.

The GLC-Class is newer and looks sharp—even compared to the X4.

The Q5 is in the same boat as the X3, we expect both to be updated next year, but the Q5 is a little bigger and more versatile off road.

The new Jaguar F-Pace is a stunner, and could be a "killer app" for Jaguar in the U.S.

The MKC sells in comparable numbers, but we prefer the quality of the X3 over that SUV.

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Quick Specs
The 2017 BMW X3 continues its run as one of the best compact luxury SUVs on the market—even in the face of much newer competition.
The 2017 Audi Q5 soldiers on with good space and carlike handling; it's still one of the better luxury SUVs, despite its age.
The 2017 Jaguar F-Pace does an excellent job of putting just as much emphasis on sport as on utility.
The 2017 MKC is a step in the right direction for Lincoln, thanks to controlled handling and interior luxury, but it lacks rear seat space and the cachet of its luxury rivals.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class makes a terrific combination of the features and practical needs most buyers want in an attractive package.
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.
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Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Diesel I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6
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Small SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
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sDrive28i Sports Activity Vehicle2.0 TFSI Premium20d AWDPremiere FWDGLC 300 SUVFWD 4-Door
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors     
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Sports Activity Vehiclequattro Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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