2014 BMW X3 xDrive35i AWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I6 Overview
2014 BMW X3 Overview
BMW has a long history of designing and building some of the world’s most sought-after vehicles. From power engines to superb performance, to exceptional styling, owning a BMW is considered by many to be a dream come true. This holds true for the 2014 BMW X3, a small luxury crossover SUV that looks and acts like a larger vehicle. While the X3 series didn’t always have the best reputation in its early years (poor interior quality and stiff ride were issues), it has rebounded now that it is in its second generation.
The 2014 BMW X3 has a lot going for it to appeal to buyers in this market. When BMW rolled out the X3 with a turbocharged four-cylinder instead of the classic straight-six engine, many people were sure it made a mistake. Contrary to that belief, the powerful four-cylinder released for the 2013 model year performs better than originally believed. This vehicle also has the added bonus of its distinctive, unique exterior styling and impeccably designed interior fitted with high-quality materials. There is nothing outdoorsy or rugged about the 2014 BMW X3, but it is still sure to turn heads.
New for 2014
There are no significant changes for the 2014 BMW X3.
When it comes to taking a gander at the new BMW X3, one of the first things most people notice is its strong resemblance to the company’s sedans. The dual kidney shaped grille is as distinctive on the X3 as it is on the sport sedans. The rest of the body is accented where it counts without taking away from the SUV’s function and practicality. The body is overall curvy and bulbous with strong lines appearing on the hood and doors of the vehicle. There is also no missing the tall wagon construction of the body, which lends itself to the impression that this vehicle is an elegant sedan with extra passenger and seating room. In its entirety, the 2014 BMW X3 is an exceptional option in the compact luxury crossover SUV category and looks more at home at the country club or golf course than it does parked near a hiking trail.
Interior & Cargo
Inside the 2014 BMW X3, it becomes increasingly evident that the SUV and its sibling sedans have plenty in common. The layout and high-quality materials in the cabin are incredibly similar. The build quality in the interior is top-notch, as are the materials used. Drivers are sure to appreciate the elegant arches that house the analog gauges, as well as the ergonomically designed console. Each X3, like most of BMW’s new sedans and SUVs, is equipped with the company’s user interface. Experts suggest there are other systems that are easier to use, but once you figure it out, the iDrive system certainly has its perks. To further simplify things for the driver, BMW has revised its audio system to provide more straightforward controls. Some changes have also been made to the climate control system. Overall, the cabin of the 2014 BMW X3 is a luxurious setting, complete with understated elegance and comfort due to the soft surfaces and wood grain accents inside.
In terms of safety, the 2014 BMW X3 is much like other German vehicles and it has an emphasis on state-of-the-art safety features. Naturally, each trim level is equipped with front side airbags in addition to the full-length side curtain airbags and front seat active head restraints. The stability control system and anti-lock brakes work together to add even more security for driver and passengers. BMW offers plenty of optional safety packages for this model as well. Buyers can choose to add rearview parking camera and a head up system that helps reduce driver distraction while behind the wheel.
The BMW X3 is available in two trim levels for the 2014 model year. The first, the xDrive28i, is equipped with the peppy turbocharged four-cylinder that made its debut last year. Nothing much has changed; it still has the ability to move this SUV at speeds and acceleration that recall the “drive it like you stole it” saying. This engine is paired with a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox found on both trim levels.
If the zippy four-cylinder just isn’t enough for you, the xDrive35i model is certainly worth a look. It is equipped with a twin-power, six-cylinder engine capable of 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. The acceleration of this powertrain is nothing to sneeze at either. In test drives, the xDrive35i goes from zero to 60 in a smoking 5.5 seconds, not bad for luxury SUV. Either trim level of the 2014 BMW X3 is worth looking at for its supreme styling and aggressive performance, if you can afford the steep price tag.
Key Competitors of the 2014 BMW X3
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Ford Explorer
- Acura RDX
- BMW X1
The 2014 BMW X3 has 2 models that range from $44,900 - $44,900. The 2014 X3 is a suv with all wheel drive that gets between 19 mpg (city) - 26 mpg (highway) fuel efficiency using a 3.0L I6 engine. The 2014 BMW X3 has a seating capacity of 5/5, wheelbase is 110.6 inches, cargo capacity of 27.60 cu.ft., and ground clearance of 8.40 inches. Choose one of the trims like the 2014 xDrive35i AWD 4-Dr Sport Utility I6 to get specific details on prices, rebates, and warranties.