Pleasanton Finds Practical Power in the Stunning New 2018 BMW X3

In the luxury auto market, to stand still for any time too long is nearly an admission of defeat--and it's why the recent major redesign to BMW's X3 compact SAV came at the perfect time. The compact segment is one of the most competitive in California, and the exciting changes to this model make it a standout option. For 2018, trim levels include the BMW X3 xDrive30i and X3 M40i.


Interior Design and Cabin Comforts

The premium crossover gets a welcomed makeover for key materials and features in the cabin; though BMW retained a large number of design cues and overall styling from the previous-gen BMW X3, numerous upgrades make it an even more competitive model. The touchscreen on the dash has been expanded, tri-zone climate control now comes standard, and ventilated front seats add comfort.

Striking and Style-Forward

BMW hasn't done much to change the overall look of the 2018 X3--but that's a good thing. Its style has always been a striking, modern design. However, the grille is more prominent, and the body is slightly larger and wider. M Sport and Dynamic Handling packages add exterior flair.

Proficient Performance with a Kick

For California drivers who like to make the most of the beautiful variety of travel in our state, the 2018 BMW X3 does offer xDrive all-wheel drive standard on both model options. The base X3 xDrive30i offers 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque from a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine, while the more powerful X3 M40i offers a standard 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, good for 355 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

Connected and Secure

The new 2018 BMW X3 offers integration features like Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and USB connectivity through the most recent version of the BMW iDrive infotainment system, now featured with a larger and easier-to-use touchscreen. Package options can equip this new SAV with features like front-collision warning with city-collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alerts, lane-keep assist with side-collision avoidance, and blind-spot monitor.


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