2018 BMW X3 vs. Its Competition

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Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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

The Q5 was recently redesigned, and it’s a bit more versatile, and is stuffed with infotainment and technology.

The GLC-Class is newer and looks sharp, and has a road-slaying AMG GLC63 edition.

The new Jaguar F-Pace is a stunner, and can still be had with diesel power.

Lexus sells a hybrid RX and, love it or not, its styling has crossed over from bland to brazen.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio has fine road manners, tight cargo space, iffy ergonomics, and unknown brand quality.

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Quick Specs
The 2018 BMW X3 ventures into M territory, but doesn’t lose sight of its SUV duties.
The Audi Q5 is certainly the segment's most modern offering, delivering a high degree of technology, comfort, and conservative style.
The 2018 Jaguar F-Pace is a statement of style over sedans. It looks like it belongs, which we suppose is the point.
The Lexus RX makes a style-conscious statement like never before, and it hasn’t lost its grip on good manners.
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class captivates crossover types with its lush cabin and its plush ride; there’s AMG power on tap if you must.
Remarkably fun to drive and beautiful too, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio is great at driving, less facile at crossover-SUVing.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
20 MPG City / 29 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 4WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 4WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 4WD
Style Name     
xDrive30i Sports Activity Vehicle2.0 TFSI Premium25t AWDRX 350 FWDGLC 300 SUVAWD
All Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sports Activity Vehiclequattro Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
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